January 26

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend Learning Comes Alive, by being here you sent a clear message to your child that you value their education. I hope you enjoyed problem solving with your child as you watched their classroom learning in a live setting.

I’ve had fun listening to my students read aloud, retell and answer comprehension questions this week. They are all surging forward with their reading levels! This individual growth at each child’s own developmental stage is a great source of pride for the students. They are aware of the differences among the class  member’s abilities, but they support each other’s growth with encouraging words and coaching each other instead of telling.

Next week we will wind up our study of non-fiction reading and writing. Most of the children will publish a second even more polished piece of nonfiction writing. The second books incorporated more research and also photographs instead of illustrations. From here, we will go on to a unit about songs and poetry.

In math, you know we have been working on problem solving and telling time. We are also starting to work on ordering and writing numbers to 100. The children will use resources in our class to assist them as they make their own 100 charts. They will continue working on their individualized packets about telling time as well.

In science we are studying the concept of sound. We used plastic cups, wooden sticks and rubber bands to discover that movement (or vibration) causes sound. When the movement stops so does the sound. Other big concepts to be discovered will include that ears are one kind of sound receiver and sounds can convey information.

Looking forward:

M. Jan. 29, 2:15 1B Music Concert in the Gecko Theater

W. Jan. 31 Alexey’s last day

Th. Feb. 1 Parent/Teacher Conferences

F. Feb. 2 ESLR Assembly- complex thinkers

T. Feb. 6 PSA sponsored magic show

Th. Feb. 8 Happy Birthday, Nala!

F. Feb. 9, 8:30 Chinese New Year parade (wear Chinese clothes), 100th day celebration

W. Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day celebration

Feb. 15-25 New Years holiday

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