As one of our first graders said this week, “There’s no way it is already November!” We can’t believe we are already heading into lower temperatures and Christmas Show preparations! Research projects are in full swing in our classroom. First and second year students are researching dinosaurs, third year students are learning about the human body, and fourth year students are beginning cell theory and classification of early humans. We have ended our North America Continent Study and are talking about animals, musical instruments, and capitals of South America.
A Peek into Next Week Next week our Lower Elementary students will be continuing their research, looking at the difference between a point and a solid, and will beginning studying the fundamental needs of humans throughout history. Our fourth year students will continue learning about cells, look into different categories of pronouns, and will classify living things.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are Friday, November 17. This is a NO SCHOOL day for students. Please sign up for a conference here.
October. And kingdoms rise. And kingdoms fall. Ahhh, I can not believe October is over. Not sure if October or September is my favorite month but I do love both months. Fall in general is my favorite season. Fall instead of Spring reminds me of newness or beginnings. I think it all began in my youth when I went back to school and saw old friends, made new ones, and caught up on events of the summer. Also, starting school meant the end of the dreaded “two a days” for football (one year it was “three a days”) and brought Friday night football games (the Fighting Comets of the green and gold), the band, cheerleaders, hanging out at McDonald’s after the game, going to “get togethers” or just driving around for hours (do they call that cruising?). We would ride in Jim’s 1976 Buick Special with three on the tree. I never really had a curfew but my parents would ask what is there to do at 2am. My response was the midnight movie. Do you know how many midnight movies I did NOT see? That’s what we did in Amherst, Ohio back in my day and when a cheeseburger was 49 cents and gas was 60 cents a gallon. Well, I don’t have to tell you those days are over for me, obviously. Now, it is binge watching Netflix on chilly October nights snuggled under a blanket and bed at 8pm.
Cultural Subjects: We have been counting to Ten in 11 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, and Romanian).
Peeking Into The Classroom:
Peek Into Next Week:
Next week we will learn about insects, arachnids, and invertebrates.
This past week we learned about different body parts. The students learned about the parts we can see on the outside and the parts we can’t see on the inside like our lungs, kidneys, stomach, small intestines, large intestines and heart. They made a model of a lung to keep in the classroom and discovered our anatomy apron where they enjoyed learning about the organs and where each one belonged by attaching the fabric organs to the apron.
November 15, 2017 | Bring Your Parent to Work-Time
November 17, 2017 | Parent/Teacher Conferences | NO SCHOOL for students
November 21, 2017 | Harvest Party
A look into next week: Food Groups
The children will become aware of five food groups (dairy, protein, vegetables, fruits, and grains).
The children will become aware of different foods from each food group.
The children will be informed that eating different foods from each food group will help them grow, think, and have energy to play.
The children will learn how to recognize different foods from each group.
During academic enrichment this week the kindergarten students were hard at work learning how to not only compose and retrieve numbers, but how to do static (no exchanging or carrying when adding) addition using both the golden beads and the stamp game.
A look into next week: Introduction to exchanging
Introduction of exchanging 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s
Using single units, 10 bars, 100 squares and 1000 cubes
This week we learned all about Nutrition. We discussed the importance of exercise, went over My Plate and the foods you need to choose for it, the five food groups, and how to wash our hands the right way with a variety of hands on activities, songs, books, and videos.
A Peek Into Next Week
Over the next couple of weeks we will be having many lessons on respect, grace and courtesy, kindness, and classroom rules.
The past two weeks have taken us all the way to the letter Z in Handwriting! We also started answering a couple of journal questions, putting into practice what we have learned thus far. Our two journal questions so far have been “What is your favorite color?” and “What will you be for Halloween?” The goal is to have the children begin to expressively write on their own and to practice their letter formation on paper. I’m so proud of their progress so far!
I would encourage you to help your child practice their handwriting at home by phonetically spelling words on their own. Why not have them help you write the grocery list this week?
This week was a blast! We learned all about Bats and other animals that might be considered ” creepy”. We read the book ” Stellaluna” , which tells the story of little bat who is adopted by a family of birds, which led into our discussion about the differences between bats and birds and we learned about the Parts Of The Bat. We also had a wonderful time at our Halloween Party!
A Peek Into Next Week:
-Discuss Family traditions and celebrations.
-Discuss how every family is unique and special.
-Discuss how pets are also part of our families.
This past week in academic enrichment the children were introduced to numerals and quantities of the decimal system using our golden bead materials. They discovered what the numerals look like for different quantities from 1 to 9000.
A look into next week: Introduction to addition
Working with 9 tray / 45 layout
Using single units, 10 bars, 100 square and 1000 cubes