We finished up a fun wax-paper snowflake project today that we had started with our buddies. The snowflakes look great! Most students took home their mini alfalfa sprout gardens today, and they taste-tested the alfalfa sprouts that we grew in our fancy sprouter. Ask your child about it!
NO SCHOOL MONDAY! Enjoy the long weekend!
We had a very busy day! We watched an NBCS band, chorus, and strings concert this morning, we started the Senior Reader program (senior community members will join us to read with the children every Thursday from 10:40 to 11:00) , we had library, AND social thinking! Study those spelling words tonight!
Today we learned about relation symbols in math. Students learned to use > for "greater than," < for "less than," and = for "equal to." Our reading groups this week have been a lot of fun, as most of the stories are plays. The students have enjoyed treating their reading group time like reader's theater, saying their lines with fluency and expression!
We are working on a digital class story called Don't Let the Pigeon Break School Rules! Ask your child about it!
This week, each student is responsible for his or her own little babies! We are attempting to make mini alfalfa sprout gardens, so students started them this morning by wetting a sponge and "planting" alfalfa seeds on top of it. We will be observing the seed growth all week, and then students will be able to take their baby alfalfas home on Friday.
We squeezed in as much learning as we could today! We made "magic e" kits to practice changing short vowel (cvc) words to long vowel (cvce) words, like changing can to cane and man to mane. I shared my favorite holiday story today too. It's called Socks for Supper by Jack Kent. Ask your child about it! We also made a birthday book and practiced place value. Stay Warm!
We got outside today!! Yay! Some students even had the opportunity to go sledding during recess. If your child wants to play in the snow or sled at recess, he or she needs to have ALL their gear, snowpants included. We worked on place value this morning in math, building numbers with base-ten blocks. (A "long" is worth ten, and a "cube" is worth one, so a child building the number 53 would show 5 longs and 3 cubes.) We also worked a lot on differentiating between short and long vowel sounds today. Thank you to those who practiced those new long 'a' spelling words at home already! With a short week, plus a possible snow day tomorrow, I may not be formally assessing those spelling words on Friday ... We'll see how the rest of the week goes!
We had an excellent holiday workshop this morning! Thank you so much to the moms who came in to help. Also thank you to those who sent in holiday gifts and cards for Ms. Laura and I! Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated!
Happy New Year, Science Squad families! We had a lot of fun planned for the Friday before the break, so we'll be extending the holiday festivities into the New Year! On Tuesday, we will have our HOLIDAY WORKSHOP! We will make and wrap gifts for family and friends first thing in the morning, until 9:00 or so. What a nice way to start the New Year - filling buckets and spreading joy by giving gifts to people we care about! ALSO - Students may wear PJs (or any cozy, warm clothes) on Tuesday, and we will watch a short movie in the afternoon. We had reached our dojo goal in December, so we earned this reward for good behavior! On Wednesday we will get back to the business of reestablishing our learning routines! 😉
Our trip to the food pantry was absolutely heart-warming! The students felt so proud to be helping others in the community!
Also... We did it! We reached our dojo goal and earned a PJ day with a movie. So tomorrow students are welcome to dress in PJs (or just cozy clothes) and we will watch a movie at the end of the day after our holiday workshop. We will be setting up the workshop while students are at recess, so volunteers are welcome to come around 11:45 to help set up. Thank you!!