11/21/12

Mid week :o)

 

We had a LOT of fun today in Grade 1A.  We did calendar – and counted to fifty in French!  They are AWESOME at French.  We also learned about Moses and how God parted the red sea because Moses had faith in God when others doubted.

We did our spelling test in the morning – they did pretty good.  We are working hard at not only spelling the words right but writing them neatly and following instructions.  This includes the name, date and spelling.  It is a work in progress J but I am proud of them all.

We spent a class talking about art principles – value, texture, analogous and complementary colours, repetition, line, shape etc.  I showed them my art journal and got them excited about some of the things we are going to be doing. Sometimes they get frustrated with having to work all the time – they are after all in Grade One.  Sometimes they need a little encouragement so they can see the bigger picture.  We are going to be making gingerbread man comic in December and I wanted them to see how important it is for them to learn to write good sentences, to know about the beginning, middle, and end of a story, how to use good punctuation, how to use describing words, how to spell, how to be neat so people can not only read but enjoy our work.

Then we talked about punctuation – this is a good lesson for Grade One.  We talked about telling sentences, asking sentences, and excited sentences and how they all have different punctuation. We also talked about commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, and capitalizing.  We did a bunch of fun board examples and then they did some independent seat work which we corrected together.

We worked on visual sums (or using domino like boxes to show addition visually).  They did very good at this!  They even learned that adding 5 and 1 is just like adding 1 and 5 :o) They have also developed a love of finishing the day with math games – 7 up, dice games, or shoots and ladders.

We are going to be going a bit more in depth into shapes in the coming weeks – here is a sneak peek of what we are doing (on this page click preview to see a large image of some of our games and worksheets). I know some of you have communicated that you like to see what they are going to be doing in class – so there you go!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-am-a-Shape-Shapes-Mega-Pack

Reminders: Tomorrow we will be visiting book fair – so if you want your little one to get something this would be the time to send some money.  Tomorrow is also the last day of parent teacher conferences – it has been great talking with all the parents about their kids.  I have a great class! The new book order are due next Friday :o)