Hello Families. I hope you have been able to enjoy this beautiful spring weather. Not only are the plants and flowers blossoming, your children are as well. Yes, that sounds really corny, but I am 100% sincere with that statement! When we look back at where your children were in September and look at where they are now, it is pretty amazing. I hope you have seen this progress at home as well.
Our Day of Play, which was on the Friday before vacation, April 13, was a blast! Your children made blanket forts, played with cars and race tracks, many of the kids worked together to create a store, some children wrote books … There were so many creative and exciting things happening in Room 4 on that day. It is an excellent reminder of the importance of creative play for children because of the development of collaboration skills, learning to compromise, and problem-solving, just to name a few.
Below is some of what we have worked on lately and questions you may ask your child.
We continue to work on our How to Make Maple Syrup books and hope to finish in the next week or so. These books take a lot of time and effort.
At home: How is your book coming? What is your favorite part of writing this book? What do you find challenging about writing the book?
We learned the new sounds / spellings ue and ew. The key words are ue – blue, ue – rescue, and ew – chew.
We added the following new trick words to our board: how, now, and down.
At home: Ask your child about the word wall game we played. (I gave them 6 hints about a particular word on our word wall. With each hint, the children had to write down which word they thought it was. It is really a fun way to get them to practice writing the words and thinking about the spellings.)
During this time, I am meeting with small groups where we work on comprehension strategies and/or phonics skills. While I meet with the groups, the rest of the class has a menu of work to do, independently at their tables. Independent Reading is always the last item on the menu. It is rewarding to see how their stamina for reading has increased throughout the year!
At home: Tell me about some of the books in your Independent Reading bag. Why did you choose them?
We had an open circle on apologizing and accepting apologies. We discussed reasons why we would need to apologize to someone and reviewed the appropriate way to apologize. We also learned how to accept apologies. After we had this discussion we had children role-play how to apologize and accept apologies.
At home: What did you learn about apologizing and accepting apologies?
We continue our work with place value. Currently, we are working on finding numbers that are 10 more or 10 less from any given 2-digit numbers. We have been playing some games with dimes and pennies to help us develop a greater understanding of place value.
At Home: Ask your children questions such as, “What number is 10 more than 54? What number is 10 less than 37? What number is 1 more than 62? What number is 1 less than 70? If I had 3 dimes and 4 pennies, how much money would I have? If I had 8 dimes and 9 pennies, how much money would I have?”
You could ask your child to draw you a picture to show how he/she figured out what 10 more or 10 less than a given number was. We use a vertical line to represent a train of 10 and a dot to represent ones. For example, this is how we would show the number 46:
We kick off our study of the Life Cycle of Chickens this Friday with our trip to the Natick Organic Farm. On Monday, I will pick up a dozen fertilized chicken eggs for each first grade classroom. We will put them in our incubators and egg turners and learn about what is happening in the eggs each day. I will send home an informational calendar next week so you may track this at home with your child. We will be sure to have a time when families may come by to visit with our chicks once they hatch.