2/13/13

Our week so far!

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This week is flying by like gale force wind (can you see my university degree in physical geography peeking out?).

This week we have continued our study into the names of God and supporting this with reading some Psalms.  The kids are very mature about bible and have given me some interesting input about how God shows himself in their lives or the people around them. We learned about Abba, Elohim, Kaddesh, and Nissi.  God is our father, our refiner, our savior, our fortress, our victory, the creator and master of the universe…to name just a few!

In math we are working on word problems and money.  Word problems are interesting in grade one, they are just developing inference and logic skills in this area.  We are working on problems like “If Emilyn had 14 cookies and gave one to Mrs. Hildebrand, one to Toby, and two to Madison how many did she give away?  And, how many does she have left?  Draw a picture and write a word sentence.”  It takes a bit of coaching, manipulatives and board examples but I think we are getting the hang of them!

In ELA we continue to work on poetry, in fact we are moving on to couplets (which the kids don’t realize we have already worked on on our snowman pages!).  We will be reading some fun Shel Silverstein and making couplets about…germs!  We also continue to do guided reading three times a week.  I have tested almost all of the students so far and I am blown away by their growth!  These kids know how to work reading strategies – ask them how to use chunky monkey or stretchy snake..I dare you!

In social we are making our own maps.  We talked about what maps do for us, and what they have on them, and what they mean.  Now we are using what we know to make our own maps of our own world.  The activity is a grade three one but they are doing awesome at it!  With some help and guidance these kids are FLUOURISHING!

Science continues to be THE SENSES!  The kids love this one, they love trying new things (like dragon fruit and star fruit) and learning things about how awesome God made them. We are moving from eyes to nose and ears. We are going to do some fun things with music and sorting with our senses.

Tomorrow is a GREAT day!  Valentines Day!  Our party is staggered through the whole day.  We have games, crafts, and a very neat guest reader.  The Story Fairy (you can see her on Shaw) is coming to read to a few of our classes and we are super excited!  Who doesn’t love Valentine’s stories?  Make sure to send Valentines for all the kids in the class if your child wants to hand them out.  I would hate to see anyone’s feelings being hurt!

Friday is the 100th day of school. I have a bunch of fun things planned for this day too: 100 day trail mix (which really is sort and graph but don’t tell the kids!), color fun books (which is sight word practice, also our secret), and activities like where does 100 steps take me, how many times can I jump in 100 seconds and so on!  It’s gonna be awesome!

Spelling test will still be first thing Friday morning.  Make sure to send the food item your child needs for the trail mix, as well as keep working on their reading and writing month bingo cards, and filling out hot lunch and field trip forms which are due.

Blessings

Mrs. Hildebrand