We had a wonderful week in our classroom. The group is coming together as a community, and it is so fun to watch new friendships form.
Next week in our reading program, Wonders, we will explore the question-How do we care for animals? While reading, we will review the spelling pattern of long a. As well, we will work to review common high frequency words and learn new vocabulary words. Our strategy focus will be asking questions; be sure to ask your child what a thick question is while reading at home. We will continue to work on pulling out important details while we read.
Next week in math we will wrap up our first unit. We will continue to compare numbers, and work on exploring base 10 blocks. We will also complete our first Unit Assessment in Math. Look for math homework to begin coming home the week of October 9th.
One thing I am noticing in the classroom is that children hesitate to count by 10's or 5's when they start at a number other than 0. For instance, when I ask them to count by 10's beginning at the number 38 (38, 48, 58, 68) many students struggle with this skill. As well, when I ask them to count by 5's from a number like 25 (think counting on from a quarter) this can be a challenge. When driving in the car, this is an easy skill to practice. Give your child a number other than 0 and have them count on by 5's or 10's. We will continue to practice this skill in the classroom as well.
We have been busy editing our writing this week. Students are learning to read their work as a reader would, and circling words that don't quite look right. They are using many resources to correct their spelling, and are even working on adding amazing adjectives to their sentences. I can't wait to share their stories with you!
Next week we will complete our first STEAM challenge in class. We have been busy learning about a growth mindset, and are working on a class project called, Change Your Words, Change Your Mindset. We will use this learning as we encounter difficulties during our STEAM challenges.
We have a walking field trip coming up at the end of October. We are still working out the details with the New Boston Historical Society and the Whipple Free Library. Students will learn about communities and how they change over time. This will be a walking field trip.
I will inform you of the date as soon as we have all the details worked out.
As a reminder, if you would like to chaperone any of our field trips you will need to follow our district policy as outlined below:
Beginning this year, all volunteers must be fingerprinted (this includes field trip volunteers) in addition to watching the Bullying Video on the SAU19 website (under the special projects tab). Additionally, you will need to sign the Verification of Bullying Training Form that is also found on the SAU 19 website. Fingerprinting is available at the SAU office, for a cost of $20.75.
As always, let me know if you have any questions!
October 7th- PTA Fall Frolic 5K
October 11th- School Board Meeting in the Library, 6:30
October 18th – PTA meeting in the Art Room, 7:00
October 20th – Michaelmas Fair, Gym
October 25th - School Board Meeting in the Library, 6:30