A Peek at Week 3

Devotions, Prayer & Bible – We began the year with a quick review of the stories of Creation. Last week we read about Noah and the Tower of Babel. This week we will began reading about Abram and God’s call for him to move to a new land.  The focus in these stories is God’s care for us. Highlights from this unit include: 

We study the Bible because it is God’s Word.
Students will recall familiar Bible stories.
God created and cares for the world.
Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience and ushered in hardship, sickness, and death.
God promised a Savior to conquer sin and restore creation.

Math – Our main focus in this first unit is working on number partners and working on our fact fluency. You will see pages from our math journal coming home each week. Sometimes these are done whole group, with partners (when we can), and sometimes in a small teacher group (also once we can). If you take a moment to look them over, you will have an idea of what we are working on in math that week.

Phonics – We begin the year with a review of the letter groups, how to form words, and hearing sounds in different positions of words. We will assess when all the kids are now and will build on their learning from kindergarten.

Reading Workshop– Our overall class goal is developing routines for reading workshop and building independent reading stamina. We’re practicing how to read independently and are working on a goal of 20 minutes for the whole class. This is a great minimum goal to set for your child to read at home as well.

Writing Workshop – This week we will continue with routines for writing workshop including how to think of ideas, how to add more details to our sketches and words, and figuring out how to spell unknown words.

Social Studies/Science – We begin the year with a unit on social skills, friendship and growth mindset. We will read a lot of picture books as part of this unit and always have some great discussions.

Dates to Note

  • Monday, September 1: Practice MAP test
  • Wednesday, Sept 2: Reading MAP test
  • September 4-7: No school
  • Thursday, Sept 10: Math MAP test
  • September 21: GRCES Picture Day

A Peek at Week 2

A Peek at Week 2

Theme: “All things hold together.” We will be exploring many names of God and how God holds together the different parts of our lives. Your child brought home two pieces of paper last week with the words “God” and “Me.” Ask your child what’s holding those two things together.

Devotions & Prayer

We’re starting with some devotions based on different school supplies. We’ve used glue and crayons so far. Your child may have taken home two rainbows – one drawn with a single crayon and another drawn with many colors to help us remember that the world is more beautiful with all of God’s many people there. Nobody is the same and we are blessed because of that.

Bible – We will being Bible this year with a quick review of the stories of Creation. Last week we read about Creation, Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Enoch and this week will begin with the story of Noah.  The focus in these stories is God’s care for us. Highlights from this unit include:

We study the Bible because it is God’s Word.
Students will recall familiar Bible stories.
God created and cares for the world.
Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s disobedience and ushered in hardship, sickness, and death.
God promised a Savior to conquer sin and restore creation.

Math – We will start math with a quick summary of kindergarten skills. Next we will begin building routines for math class and learn the different tools we will be using this year. Our main focus is working on number partners and working on our fact fluency.

Phonics – We will begin with a review of the letter groups, how to form words, and hearing sounds in different positions of words.

Reading Workshop– We’ll be setting a class goal this week to build independent reading stamina. I am hoping to start some assessments and one-on-one work to learn more about your child’s reading so I can start to find good fit reading levels for guided reading time.

Writing Workshop – Part of getting going on writing is learning and practicing procedures for writing workshop. We will begin writing workshop this week.

Social Studies/Science – We begin the year with a unit on social skills, friendship and growth mindset. We read a lot of picture books as part of this unit and always have some great discussions.

Dates to Note

  • September 4-7: No school
  • September 21: GRCES Picture Day

Welcome to a new school year!

Dear parents and 1st graders,  Welcome to a new school year! I think it will be a year for the books! I know that God will walk with us through new challenges and this unusual school year. We are busy working at school to get everything ready. I’m excited to welcome you to school soon! Here’s an intro video to share with your child.

I’m hoping to see many of you at our visiting times either Thursday or next week Monday afternoon.  Click HERE to access the Back to School page. Click the “Iroquois” tab, then the “Iroquois 1st — 4th Grade Teacher Meet and Greet Info” section.

Finally, I’m hoping to share a video walk through of our classroom as soon as a few more things are set up. For now, I’ll include this photo of the work I am doing to create a space where your children can work with others in a way that will keep them healthy and safe!

classroom picture

I look forward to connecting with you all soon. I’ll email you all of my contact information. Please feel free to reach out! Liz Kingma