A Peek at Week 6

Today I am giving thanks to God for…

  • A restful weekend with beautiful fall weather and fresh apples!
  • Students who are learning and growing every day!!!
  • Supportive school families who ask great questions!

NOTES

Picture day TOMORROW! Our class’ pictures will be taken at 10:55. Virtual students are invited to come Monday or Tuesday between 11:30-12:30.

No school this Friday, September 25.

Water bottles: Please continue sending a filled water bottle to school with your child each day.

Birthdays We love celebrating birthdays and half-birthdays! If you would like to send something for your child to share on his/her birthday, it just needs to be to school 72 hours (3 days) in advance. Here are some ideas: stickers, pencils, or small erasers.

OUR LEARNING THIS WEEK

Bible, Devotions and Prayer – This week we’ll continue reading about Joseph.  Some focus points for this unit include: Joseph’s dreams indicated that he would one day rule over his family.  Through Joseph, God preserved his chosen people during a famine. God was with Joseph throughout his life. Joseph trusted God and believed in his promises.

Math – Our work in unit 2 this week will build on the first unit, using addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. We also continue to work on number partners and fact fluency. We’ve begun meeting in small math groups so we’re learning how to work with partners, rules and routines for several games, and have just added an iPad/Osmo activity.

Phonics – We continue working on letter group reviews this week and on reviewing most common sight words. We are practicing how to hear the different sounds of the short vowels and writing simple words that use those vowel sounds.

Reading– We will continue work on the routines of Reading Workshop and how to work with a partner. We’ll practice think-pair-share, how to read to our partners and how to help our partners when they are stuck on a word.

Writing – We will be working on our Small Moments narrative writing unit. The focus of this unit is to write about real events that have happened to us or things that we have done – personal experiences. We’ll be focusing on how to add more details to our writing and to our pictures. One of our first topics is on how to write about a SMALL moment and not try to tell everything that happened over a whole day, or over a whole trip.

Social Studies/Science – This week we begin our first Science unit which is called Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles. We’ll begin by gathering some information about where the sun is at different parts of the day and making some predictions together.

A Peek at Week 5

Bible – This week we continue with stories of Jacob and Esau. Here are some focus points for this unit. Jacob’s wise and unwise choices were used by God to fulfill his promises to Abraham and Isaac. God made, kept, and fulfilled his promises just as he keeps his promises to us today.

Math – Our work this week will wrap up the first unit on number partners and fact families. We’ll continue practicing with whole group work, in games and with hands-on activities. Our second unit will build on the first, using addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. We will complete a unit test at the end of the unit. This lets me know what I should continue working on with your child.

Phonics – We continue working on letter group reviews this week and on reviewing most common sight words. We are practicing how to hear the different sounds of the short vowels and writing simple words that use those vowel sounds.

Reading– We will continue work on the routines of Reading Workshop as well as building our reading stamina with lots of practice. We’re practicing how to read and share with a partner and to use our reading time well. Another focus will be on re-reading books to work on good reading expression and on retelling books that we’ve already read.

Writing – We are working on building stamina for more and more writing this week. Students are being challenged to write more than one sentence per page and to start to write with more details than they did in Kindergarten. This week we’ll be working on several strategies for how to spell words that you don’t know yet.

Social Studies/Science – We will continue in our unit on social skills for about one more week focusing on feelings, manners, friendship and growth mindset. We read a lot of picture books as part of this unit and have already had some great discussions.

Dates to Note:

September 21: GRCES Picture Day

A Peek at Week 4

A Peek at Week 4
 
Bible – This week we continue reading about Abraham.  Highlights from this unit include: God chose Abram’s family to be the ancestors of his chosen people. Jesus fulfilled God’s promises to Abraham and his descendants. We praise God for his promises and his fulfillment of the promises he makes.
Math – Our work this week will continue to work on number partners and fact families. We’ll practice this will whole group work, in games and with manipulatives.
 
Phonics – We’ll be working on letter group reviews this week and on reviewing most common sight words. Your child will bring home a copy of list 1 which are the first 10 MCW (most common words) that he/she should have worked on in kindergarten. Many children would benefit from extra practice reading these words. We will continue to practice these words at school – with the unusual ending of last year we expect that many kids probably need more work on these. 
 
Reading– We will continue work on the routines of Reading Workshop as well as building our reading stamina with lots of practice. We’re practicing how to share our reading with a partner and setting goals to do more and more reading. I’ll continue reading with students this week to find good reading levels that I can start working with them on.
 
Writing – We are working on building stamina for more and more writing this week. Students are being challenged to write more than one sentence per page and to start to write with more details than they did in Kindergarten. We also are working on strategies for spelling unknown words. If your child is doing writing at home and asks you about a work they don’t know how to spell, you can encourage them to stretch the word out and listen for each of the sounds. 
 
Social Studies/Science – We will continue in our unit on social skills, friendship and growth mindset. We read a lot of picture books as part of this unit and have already had some great discussions. 
 
Dates to Note
  • Thursday, Sept 10: Math MAP test
  • September 21: GRCES Picture Day

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

A Peek at the week of March 9

A Peek at Week 28

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer: This week we will do Lent and Easter devotions  – reading some parables and stories that Jesus told people during his life.a

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working with some fiction and non-fiction texts on the skill of determining importance. Here’s a nice description of this skill:

*Young children tend to think that everything is important! They are learning information for the first time, and all of it is equally fascinating. They lack the years of experience that helps adults tune out the little details and focus on the big ideas. We don’t want to squash children’s curiosity and wonder, but we also know they can’t read effectively if they try to hold everything equally in their minds. So our task is to teach children to recognize the big ideas and to organize their thinking around them, while we still encourage the joy and creativity involved in unusual and tangential thinking.*

Patterns of Power – This week we will work on identifying singular and plural nouns. We learned last week that nouns and verbs have to agree with each other, so we will continue to look at that this week. We will read some sentences in/out of context to identify these grammar rules. 

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  This week we begin working on writing reviews of books! Last week I introduced a revising checklist for their writing, and we will continue to work on making our opinion writing more inviting and convincing!

Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about places. We will explore themes of location, place, region, and human/environment interaction. We will use a variety of tools (Google Earth being one of them!) to learn familiar and new vocabulary: maps, globes, compass rose, aerial perspective, absolute and relative location. We will also try our hand at addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read!  Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how often we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Some highlights of this unit: David became an important part of God’s special family—a forerunner to Jesus, the King. God was with David throughout his life and protected him from harm. God kept his promise to make David king over Israel and give him a kingdom that would last forever.  

BIBLE – EASTER FOCUS: Near the end of the week, we’ll take a break from our stories of the Kings of Israel to read stories from Jesus’ life that focus on the time around Good Friday and Easter. Each day, after reading part of a Bible story, students will guess the symbol that represents the story and collect them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” These will come home on the Thursday before Spring Break. It will be great if you can share them together as a family!

Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 10. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit.  Also – counting backwards is another great thing to practice!

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on the spelling patterns of -gh, -igh, and -ight as well as the many jobs of the letter Y.

READING FOR KAKUMA  – On Friday, our school was challenged to help raise money to buy books for the Kakuma Refugee Camp Library. The Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya opened in 1992 to accommodate the 23,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan.”  Since then, its population has risen to 185,500 registered refugees and asylum seekers from more than 20 different countries.

This service project is meaningful to GRCS because  Mr. Simon Luk the father of one of our former students, Isaiah Luk (currently at GRCMS), grew up in the camp.  He and other people from the camp who now live in the US are passionate about supporting the library and we will be working towards helping them buy books.

We will help them purchase books by having a read-a-thon during the month of March.  If you choose to participate, your child can ask for pledges either by minutes read or a lump sum and keep track of their reading/or being read to, on the student reading log.  The pledge form and the reading log are coming home today in folders. Each week, please cut off and return that week’s minutes read.

Whether you collect pledges or not, please keep reading to your child this month! Thanks so much for your help!

Dates to Note:

  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 11:  Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes) or WEAR GREEN!
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 18:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)
  • March 20– Lollipops Concert, Peter Rabbit (no chaperones needed)
  • March 24– K-2 Spring Music Program (see notes below)
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 25:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)
  • March 30– Circle Theatre Show (no chaperones needed)
  • April 3-12 Spring Break

 

SPRING PROGRAM *** Our K-2 Spring Program is March 24 at 7:00 pm at our Grand Rapids Christian High School’s Center for Arts and Worship- 2300 Plymouth Ave.  Students should arrive between 6:30-6:45 dressed in their best attire. Kindergartners will meet in the Choir room, 1st graders in the Orchestra room, and 2nd graders in the Band room.  There will be signs indicating where these rooms are located. We are looking forward to seeing you there! It will be a night you will not want to miss!**

 

 

A Peek at the Week of March 2

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer: Next week we will begin our Lent and Easter devotions – focusing on the last 40 days of Jesus’ life. We’ll be reading about different symbols and collecting them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” These will come home on the Friday before Spring Break and Easter for you to share as a family.  *** Please send an egg carton to school with your child THIS WEEK to help us prepare for this activity!***

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be: At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him. We will also talk about the stability of David’s faith throughout his life. 

Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. The students will be participating in some fun activities to learn how to use adjectives more effectively.

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working on writing a hook to get the reader interested and how to end our pieces. We’ll also be thinking about how to respond to other people’s opinions. We will be talking about how to write reviews of common things we use in our lives, setting a good foundation for persuasive writing. Last week we began working on writing reviews of restaurants, stores, games etc and will continue that work this week. We will continue to talk about how to make our writing interesting and inviting to our readers.

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 10. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit.  Also – counting backwards is another great thing to practice!

Phonics – This week we’ll continue working on our newest Most Common Word lists (13 & 14). We’ll also be working on the many jobs of Y in words.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on putting facts together from some different penguin texts we’ve been studying as part of our inferring unit. To wrap up – students will be writing mini-information books to conclude this part of our reading unit. 

Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about places. We will explore themes of location, place, region, and human/environment interaction. We will use a variety of tools (Google Earth being one of them!) to learn familiar and new vocabulary: maps, globes, compass rose, aerial perspective, absolute and relative location. We will also try our hand at addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read!  Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how often we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.

DATES TO NOTE:

March is reading month and wacky Wednesdays in March will look different this year! GRCES’ theme for March is Wild About Reading!  We will have Wild Wednesdays.  Not all the days relate directly to reading, but we are also using these Wednesdays to have some fun and build some school spirit.

    • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
    • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 4:  Read Your Shirt Day (wear a shirt with words)

 

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 6 – NO GRPS BUSSING – gym pick up day!

 

  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 11:  Clash Day (wear mismatched clothes)
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 18:  Team Day (wear Eagle gear or your favorite team jersey)
  • March 20– Lollipops Concert, Peter Rabbit (no chaperones needed)
  • March 24– K-2 Spring Music Program
  • WILD WEDNESDAY: March 25:  Shades Day (bring your favorite sunglasses for reading!)
  • March 30– Circle Theatre Show (no chaperones needed)
  • April 3-12 Spring Break

*** Our K-2 Spring Program is March 24 at 7:00 pm at our Grand Rapids Christian High School’s Center for Arts and Worship- 2300 Plymouth Ave.  Students should arrive between 6:30-6:45 dressed in their best attire. Kindergartners will meet in the Choir room, 1st graders in the Orchestra room, and 2nd graders in the Band room.  There will be signs indicating where these rooms are located. We are looking forward to seeing you there! It will be a night you will not want to miss!**

 

 

A Peek at Week 26

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will start our Lent and Easter devotions – focusing on the last 40 days of Jesus’ life. Later in Lent, we’ll be reading about different symbols and collecting them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” 

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be: At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him. We will also talk about the stability of David’s faith throughout his life. 

Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. 

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working on writing a hook to get the reader interested and how to end our pieces. We’ll also be thinking about how to respond to other people’s opinions. We will be talking about how to write reviews of common things we use in our lives, setting a good foundation for persuasive writing.

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 20. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit. 

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on MCW lists. We’ll also be working on words with vowel pairs. You may remember learning the saying, “when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” We’ll learn how to prove words that follow this pattern.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on putting facts together from some different penguin texts we’ll be studying as part of our inferring unit. To follow up – students will be writing mini-information books to conclude this part of our reading unit. 

Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about places. We will explore themes of location, place, region, and human/environment interaction. We will use a variety of tools (Google Earth being one of them!) to learn familiar and new vocabulary: maps, globes, compass rose, aerial perspective, absolute and relative location. We will also try our hand at addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read!  Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how often we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.

Dates to Note:

  • Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Sarah Kelso and Laura Huisman for this trip.
  • Friday, February 28: Mrs. Kingma gone, Mrs. Cheryl Bootsma will teach for me
  • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • Wacky Wednesdays in March – watch for more information coming soon