Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

Freezing February!

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We are still in the midst of winter! The temperature will rise and fall, but it is still quite cold out! Please be sure you are still backing the essentials for your child: hat, gloves, boots, scarves, big coats, snow pants, etc.! January was a great month - it was LONG, but it was full of progress and rigor!

In Math, we have been reviewing our facts every day and making sure that we are finishing at least one side of our sheet in two and a half minutes or less. We have just begun subtraction. It will seem quite easy right now for most students because we are only subtracting 0, 1, and 2. However, it will get harder! We will get to 9's and then double digits!The students have also been testing on 100 facts! They have been doing remarkably well. We are trying to finish 100 facts in 5 minutes. Please keep practicing facts at home and make sure you are timing your children! If you need any copies of timed tests or would like extra work, please feel free to let me know! We have done a lot of measuring work in the past month. We have been using rulers measuring different lengths. We have also been telling the temperature, by the nearest 2 degrees. Something that has been difficult for some of us is regrouping when we are adding two digit numbers. Keep working at home as well! We have been working on AM/PM and have been having difficulty as well. We have been working with a timeline to help us figure out AM/PM. It is nice to see how much progression I have seen in just the few short months we have been in school. We have a small math class so it is nice to be able to get more 1-on-1 work!

In Science, we have been learning about Matter. Since the children are still relatively young, we haven't been working with any types of gases (other than air :)). However, we have worked with a bunch of different solids and liquids! The students have learned how to recognize a solid and a liquid by its properties. We have played Go Fish and memory using properties. The kids love science and seem to do quite well!

In Reading, we just finished lesson 15. We have learned about abbreviations, compound words, and different letter combinations that create similar sounds (i.e. ow and ou). We are still having some trouble with spelling. Please make sure you are practicing with your child at least once or twice a night! I'm hoping to pick up stronger and move forward on doing well in spelling! The work has picked up in the workbook, and I am giving extra work time during the day to get things done.

In Social Studies, the students have learned about different cultures, traditions, and things that makes cultures different from others. We have learned about symbols and how they can stand for different things. We have also learned about monuments and memorials. We will have a test on Chapter 3 next week!

In Religion, we have been studying and working hard on learning what it means to forgive others and be forgiven. As the children get ready for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we have read different bible stories that give an example to the children of how one should act and treat others in certain situations. They have learned that God wants us to love everyone and we will be loved in return. Reconciliation will be this Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 AM.

In Writing, we have learned how to write persuasive and opinion paragraphs, persuasive letters, opinion letters, and the prewriting process for a persuasive essay. The students are really using their imaginations and creativity for these writing projects! During writing, the students get to participate with their classmates and work together to create great writing pieces. They seem to really enjoy it.

 

Thank you all so much for your support and communication. It is all very appreciated. Please remember to keep looking on PowerSchool for grades that may look scary (a zero) and make sure your child is turning things in! There are a lot of zeroes, and I am wanting to help get grades up! Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!:)

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