Kids Teaching How-To

Hi Parents,

I hope your kids feel as good about this week as I do! Reading partners are going strong, we finally started our science unit on “Air,” students are all really engaged in the math lessons involving geometry and problem solving, and we had our first Grade One Gecko Get Together with all 70+ first graders. Below you will see a few pictures of students teaching each other how to “Draw A Train,” “Dance,” “Cut Out A Heart,” “Make A Light Saber,” and “Cut Out A Butterfly.” This gave us all the opportunity to see how important our writing can be.

Just a quick note about homework. Some of the kids are doing all of the math or all of their word study work on Monday. I love their enthusiasm, but that means that they are only thinking, reading, writing, and talking about those words or math ideas on one night instead of for four nights. Please help them to get into the habit of just one page per night. Thanks! Here’s to a good weekend for all of my lovely first graders and their lovely families!




Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

First of all…many thanks to all who came in to help us celebrate our writing and also to those who helped with the mooncake tasting, calligraphy, lantern making, and mooncake making. It was a wonderful day!! Tomorrow is a Day 7, so our special will be Art. If you were to pop into the 1D this week, here are some things you would find us learning about:

*By memorizing our “doubles” we have three new math strategies we can use to problem solve. If you know that  7+ 7 = 14, then you can use “Doubles +1” to solve 7 + 8 very quickly and without counting all of the way up! Cool! Listen out for the “Doubles Rap” that your kids will be singing on Tuesday. 🙂

*We’re doing a great job of making connections while we read, and this week, we’ll add predicting to our list of comprehension strategies. So now we have “Connecting Cat” and “Predicting Poodle” to remind us to be more careful and thoughtful readers.

*As you all know, we’ve just finished the writing unit called, “Small Moments.” The kids will be assessed on Tuesday, and then we’ll prepare to head into our next unit called, “How-To” books. The main focus here will be teaching the kids to write in logical, sequential steps with clear, pertinent details. This is a super fun unit that allows kids to become the teachers as we learn “How to” skip rope, make a sandwich, draw a rocket…etc.

*In the afternoons, we continue to interview important people in our community at SIS. This week, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Bohara, Mr. Ah Tan, and Mrs. Madonna will be visiting our 1D Newsroom.

*We have our first fire drill on Wednesday morning. Please ask your child to explain the 1D fireplan to you and also discuss your fire plan for  home with them.

Check out the pictures below for a sample of the fun learning we experienced recently!