Well we’re back! I hope everyone had a restful break. We’ve got a short term with lots to pack in. The weather hasn’t been nice this week so we’ve had a lot of indoor recesses. The forecast for Saturday is bright and sunny so please take advantage of that weather and get your children outside. The rain starts again on Monday.
We kicked off a new phonics unit called Letters to Words. We’ve begun building words with our phonics knowledge. We’re currently working on CVC words which is Consonant Vowel Consonant words (such as cat, sat, pig, etc). This week we focussed on short A and short I words. The children did wonderfully. They built their CVC words using magnets independently, read flash cards, built words on the board for the whole class to see, and even wrote words independently on their whiteboards.
Instead of alternating days of phonics and centres this term, we will be splitting our lesson into half phonics, half centres. During centres time one group a day will do guided reading with me.
Our Writer’s Workshop has moved onto our narrators unit. As the children develop we will be doing a combination of free writing and guided writing. We will also be writing with more prompts. One of the prompts I’d like to begin with is recalling a past vacation. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org a great photo of your child on vacation so they can write a story about it. I would like to do this activity on Thursday so please have all photos emailed to me by Wednesday.
As the math we are doing becomes more complicated for the younger children, we will be working more in a guided math/centres style for math with each group of children getting lessons targeted at their level. This will begin next week.
In IPC we began our Green Thumb unit all about growing plants. We began by taking a walk around the Hanmaeum Centre looking at all the new plants growing in the spring.
And we’ve started an experiment. We are growing beans in bags. The students put a wet paper towel and a cannelli bean into a ziplock bag. They drew what it looked like in their Seed Journal and then I hung the beans in the window. If all goes well, we will see some roots and sprouts starting soon. When the beans are germinated, we’ll pot them.
We kicked off this first week back with our Conflict Resolution morning meetings. This week we talked about anger, our reactions to it, and how we can keep our anger at a reasonable level and move to calm down.
That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend and please enjoy that sun!
Wow! Another week is here and gone. We’re nearly at the end of the term. Our learning isn’t slowing down, however.
We’re continuing to alternate phonics and centres. Today was an exciting day: we began guided reading. On Wednesday, I measured all the children’s heights so they could be issued their Guided Reading License (check your child’s backpack, it should have gone home today).
During guided reading, the children stay with their Just Right Groups and come sit with me for small-group, targeted reading lessons. Some groups worked on letter sound and recognition, others worked on identifying rhyme, many learned how to point at each word when they’re reading to learn 1:1 word and print recognition.
During our Writer’s Workshop, we continued on our Storytellers unit and began looking at some of the mechanics of writing. For example, we practiced when to use capital letters when writing.
There was a lot of learning packed into our Math Buddies this week. We learned to skip count by 5’s to 20. We practiced tallying. We counted out 100 objects in groups of 10 to practice counting by 10’s to 100. Finally, we started working on place value. We learned that numbers 21-29 are two tens and some ones. We will continue working on groups of “ten and then some” as we continue with numbers higher than 29 next week. And, of course, we continued to review our teen numbers.
In IPC we continued to explore “What’s it Made Of” and examined what happens to different materials when we apply different forces to them. We organised our findings into a report poster.
Building with Lego has become a favourite passtime during developmental play. It helps students with creative thinking, problem solving, and manual dexterity.
As our term comes to a close, so does our Kindness Morning Meetings. The lessons we’ve learned these last 7 weeks have really impacted the class. They are becoming a more empathetic group of children and it’s wonderful to see. This week, we began by visualising how our kind words and actions ripple out into the world. Next week we will review the lessons learned and that will close off the unit. That doesn’t mean we’ll stop learning about kindness or stop having morning meetings however! You can view the teaching plan for next week here: Week 8 kindness project review
As always, have a great weekend and we’ll see you refreshed and ready to learn on Monday!
In Math Buddies we are working in depth with the numbers to 100. To this end, each student will be counting 100 objects on Thursday.
Please send your child to school with 100 small objects on Thursday March 21st.
These objects can be:
- paper clips
- bottle caps
Those are just some suggestions. Any small object will do.
Unless you indicate you do not want the items returned, they will be returned when our unit is complete.
Whew, another week is complete. It was great to finish the week off with our Pajamma Day. Congratulations to Olivia who won the school “craziest pajammas” award. We had a full day of learning while feeling comfortable.
We’re continuing to alternate days of phonics and centres. The students still needed some practice working on their centres independently so we will try guided reading again next week. During writer’s workshop, we continued trying to write stories. I’m very impressed by the work the children are doing.
In Math Buddies, we’ve moved onto our unit of numbers to 100. We started skip-counting by twos to twenty. Also because our math is a spiral curriculum we also spent time reviewing shapes from last week and teen numbers from our previous unit.
In IPC we continued looking at What’s It Made Of and made a craftivity exploring our favourite object and its materials.
In our Kindness Morning Meetings we finished off the week signing a Friendship Promise which now hangs proudly on our door. Our kindness curriculum is nearing an end with only two weeks to go. Next week we’ll learn about random acts of kindness. You can find the curriculum here: Week 7 random acts of kindness
Have a great weekend and we’ll see everyone back on Monday.