Back for the New Year
I’m sorry I am late on posting. Getting back into the swing of school was a little more hectic than I thought. 🙂 We have been very busy finishing up our Mid-Year assessments and starting our new unit in Journeys, Unit 4. The students have read about traveling to the moon. They learned about what the moon’s surface is like, what people did on the moon when they traveled there and how they got to the moon. This topic was very popular and created a lot of chatter between the students. I love when we learn about topics that spark that kind of interest. 🙂
Now we are reading a fictional story about a pig and a goat. The pig wants to take a trip but the goat is very cautious and keeps telling the pig what could go wrong on his trip. The students are working on their phrasing while reading and paying attention to punctuation. I encourage you to help your child with this at home as well. Many children seem to look right over the punctuation and just keep reading without pausing or inflection. If you model this for them and point out what you are doing, that will help them with their reading journey.
This week the students also started rehearsing for the first grade plays. I started doing these plays a few years ago and I have found that the children really love them! Not only does it help them with their fluency but it also helps them with inflection, phrasing and acting! Some of the children get REALLY into it and add their own personality and ideas to the script. I can’t wait for you all to see them. They plays will take place sometime in March. I am still working out the date but as soon as I know I will let you know. The children will also be making invitations to send home to invite you. 🙂 It will most likely be at the end of the day…I am thinking of having both groups perform at the end of the day but since both groups are doing the same play, you may not want to stay for all of it. So I will let you know the times of your child’s groups’ performance when I know. 🙂
Here a few pictures of us working in math, describing aliens using adjectives, showing off our new door poster (that we all worked together to make) and highlighting our parts in the play!