Dear Parents,
The school year has begun and the students are off to a remarkable start. One may expect the adjustment from kindergarten to elementary to be challenging, but the new routines and procedures have been coming quite nicely for our class. They are great listeners and treat each other and their teachers with respect.
In Spelling, students are playing an active role in constructing definitions for their words. Then, we try to put them in the context of logical and coherent sentences. This allows students to reach a higher understanding of the words as they get to practice using the vocabulary in daily language. In Grammar, we have been working on identifying what makes a sentence. This is a crucial building block for future English learning. As the year moves along, students will take what they know about creating sentences and add more complexity to them. This involves the use of sophisticated verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
Leaming to identify sentences is especially important for our Writing class. Every 4 weeks, we start a new writing project, which stems from a prompt created by the teacher. This month’s was called “Who Am I?” Our first week, we brainstormed the different aspects of our lives that make us unique – our homes, our interests, our families, our goals — and we incorporated that into a three paragraph writing assignment. This was in line with our Reading target skill: main idea and detail. Students were encouraged to come up with details, or extra information, related to key statements in their assignment. If they liked movies, for example, they could w门te about what kind of movies they liked or why they liked them.
In Social Studies, we focused on the concept of community, specifically the communities in our neighborhoods and classrooms. We talked about the significance of being helpful to others and keeping each other safe. We also learned about leaders and rules, discussing common adjectives used to describe rulers – words like smart, fearless, and fair. In Science, students looked into the different parts of plants and made connections to the vegetables we eat every day. To take it a step further, we thought about how plants can be classified, whether it is by the size of their leaves or if they produce flowers.
Best,
Teach er Arthur