Happy Spring! It was so nice to have a full 5 day week! Wednesday, all the kiddos were a little sluggish but they perked back up for Thursday and Friday.
Report cards went home Friday. Keep an eye out for a conference sign up email via sign up genius. The students have worked very hard and made so many gains. It is very exciting to observe. They are amazing!
A highlight has been our bear research. The children were so engaged and interested. Many of them chose to do research on their own at home and bring it in to share with us. All of them learned a lot about each kind of bear. It led nicely into our focus this past week-How are some animals alike and how are they different? This week, the children spent the whole week working on writing on one topic. They wrote a little everyday on one topic. The goal of the lesson was to help them stretch their writing and write more than 1 or 2 sentences on one topic. There were enthusiastic about their writing and really stretched their thinking. We have introduced and worked with identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives. We are reading a variety of books in the classroom. Please continue to read at least 20 minutes a day and fill out the reading logs and return them.
In math, we have focused on writing our numbers to 20, counting to 100 by 1's, counting backward from 20, and counting by 10's and 5's. The students have started "scrolling" which means continuously writing numbers from 1. This helps them see the patterns in numbers because as they move through the tens and the hundreds-they see the repetition and patterns. They keep their scrolls and revisit them to continue. They get very excited as their number writing gets higher. We have been practicing addition and will begin subtraction soon. We have done a lot of addition practice and learning through math games. We have been reviewing shapes and playing shape games. Most of us can identify a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. Many of the students are still learning trapezoids and hexagons. We are also learning pentagons and octagons too. We'll be spending next week exploring measuring. Mathematicians are hard at work!
They were also creative engineers. They built playgrounds for the leprechauns to visit on St. Patrick's Day. They could use any materials in the classroom. They enjoyed using blocks, small bears, sparkles, and many more supplies. The playgrounds were thoughtful and well made and the leprechauns MUST have enjoyed them because gold candies were left for the children.
We participated in the school wide read-a-thon. The library was decorated in many themes and the students could choose an area to sit in-an under the ocean, sports area, campfire, and castle just to name a few. Both classes did a great job fundraising-they both earned dunkin donuts munchkins as a congratulation prize and our class received $50 to buy books for the classroom library. Wahoo!!! Nice work students and families!
Looking forward to spring weather!