What a fun week we’ve had!
Language Arts: We have been working hard this week on our writing. Students were encouraged this week to try and write 2 sentences. This week they wrote about their weekends, a monster they created and their Halloween adventures. To continue our talk about feelings, we read a book this week called, Sad Monster, Glad Monster. Each page had a monster doing a variety of activities and students had to guess how the monster was feeling. Then they got to share what makes them feel glad, worried, sad, etc. Students will be bringing home completed literacy center work, along with their Alphabet Printing book on Friday. We have now reviewed each letter of the alphabet, how to print each letter correctly, and the sound, a song, and an action for each letter. We will continue to review the letters, but not on an everyday basis. Of course, with sounding out words (blending and segmenting), this will be a skill we practice every day over a variety of subject areas.
Math: Students continued to work on counting and printing numbers 1-20. We started by counting objects in our classroom and tried to find items that were a specific number (for example: we have 1 Smartboard, 2 rolly bins for our lunches, etc.). We then started to look for items around our school. Especially with the doors decorated for the contest, it has been fun for students to count spiders, eyeballs, letters, etc. Students were very responsible as they hunted through the school for different items they could count. They were quiet, stayed with their partners and worked together well.
Next Week: Next week we will begin spelling. We will start with the Lesson #1 words even though some of them will be quite easy for some students. Each week we will be talking about word families, red words (these are words that you cannot sound out) and spelling patterns. There is a Home Study sheet that I will send home each week on Monday. It is your choice whether you want to do some or all of the activities on the home study sheet. We will be doing different activities at school. In Grade 1, we will NOT be having weekly spelling tests (I do start this in Grade 2). The expectation is that by the end of the week, when the spelling words go up on the Word Wall, students will be spelling them correctly because they have practiced them for a week and they can just look at the Word Wall and they are there. If you are short on time, please do the Home Reading, instead of the spelling.
Remembrance Day: We will be talking about Remembrance Day next week with our assembly on Friday. I know that this is a very serious subject and so I wanted to let you know so that you can talk about it at home as well if your child has questions about it. I will for the most part be talking about Peace and Kindness.
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