We will enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day on Friday, the 14th. The kids are so "excited" about bringing their valentines. We have spent a couple days decorating a "fun" bag to put them in. On that day, we will also enjoy ice cream sundaes. Parents who signed up at open house to bring an item for this party, received a note last week about what to bring. Valentines may be brought to school on any day this week. This day always brings much anticipation to open up their bags and read their valentines.
When the weather is too cold or the playground is not safe to play on, we do have inside recess time. We are lucky to have access to the gym for some of the inside recess times, which gives the kids a chance to be active. When we can't go to the gym, we either play in the classroom or watch a movie. It is always best for the kids to get outside and burn energy and get fresh air. With the winter weather still here, please encourage them to bring all their winter gear so they can play in the snow.
Reading: Our reading goals last week, were to read and spell words with oa and ow, our grammar skill was to use/identify verbs in the future tense, and our comprehension skill was to sequence events from stories we read. Our reading goals this week are to read and spell compound words, our comprehension skill will be cause and effect, and our grammar skill will be prepositional phrases telling where or when within a sentence.
For comprehension, we have started to do a written response activity for the main selection from our basal each week. We read the story three different times throughout the week and for each read, we focus on digging deeper to understand what we are reading using the comprehension skill of the week. Now that we have become such "Good Readers", the stories are getting longer and the kids have noticed this. I'm really proud of the progress everyone has made as a reader. It's fun to see them choose books during center time and sit quietly and read. Once again, thanks for encouraging your child to read the books sent home almost daily and taking the time to listen to them read. It is so much fun watching them grow as readers and to become excited about getting their new book during group time.
Math: Last week, we began chapter 8 in the "Go Math" program on "Double-Digit Addition and Subtraction. We started by reviewing all thinking strategies we've learned thus far and then moved on to using a drawing to help us solve problems with double digit numbers using tens. This week, we will use the hundred chart as a strategy, as well as exchanging 10 ones for 1 ten. We continue to use our whiteboards for number work and have an equality quiz once a week as well. We also have "Math Slides" almost daily to review and keep on top of equality, problem solving, counting money, telling time, fact fluency, number sequence, and geometry.
Spelling: Thanks to all who have been working hard at home to prepare for the Friday tests. I'm proud of the success the kids have experienced with learning their weekly words. Our "Making Words" lessons have also contributed to helping them become better spellers. Our lessons have focused on a variety of chunks found in words. I have been impressed with the dedication many have had with returning their "Making Words" homework. The extra practice at home is helpful and thanks for initiating this at home. The kids may grumble about the homework, but it really does make a difference:) They continue to receive a prize for every 10 homework papers they return.
Naturalist/Special Activities: Matt from Swan Lake has visited us monthly and has presented some fun things related to nature. Some of the topics we've been informed about are: monarch butterflies, owls, turkeys, reindeer, and birds. We have enjoyed his visits and expertise. Last week, we also celebrated the "100th" day of first grade and enjoyed going to each first grade classroom for a "fun" activity related to the number "100". We also had CHS juniors read to us for "World Read Aloud" day. This week, we will enjoy a visit from Anjanette for a STEM activity and of course celebrate Valentine's day.
Star Student: Madison was most recently featured. Madison likes to drink apple juice and eat confetti cake. She takes lessons in gymnastics, she likes to wear dresses, and her favorite place to visit is New York. When Madison grows up, she wants to be a teacher.