Our third trimester is officially under way! The children are such hard workers, always curious and quick to make connections; of course none of us can believe how quickly our time is moving as we proceed through the first grade year.
We begin the work of our third trimester with the need to replenish some of our supplies. Most of the children had 3 sets of crayons and have received the third set recently. Some children are in need of a new set, either because they needed theirs earlier or didn’t have 3 sets to begin with. Many of the children have also used up their pencils, expo markers, and pink erasers. I would appreciate your help in sending in new supplies, sharpened, and labeled as needed - I am sure your children will tell you what they need when you ask them J
We are trying to slow down and appreciate the Lenten journey we are on, with the hope to focus on renewal. Each day the children and I reflect on a new aspect of our journey, based on the readings of the day. It is helpful to take time at the end of the school day to note one good thing that has happened. This is a good conversation starter, even if your child simply notes that the sun was shining. It is a very simple beginning of the Examen from St. Ignatius Loyola and a chance to focus on the gifts of the day.
I pray that you and your family will find that special opportunity to pray together in thanksgiving this week.
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Religion We will be discussing Lenten actions on a daily basis during Religion time. The children will learn about the fruits of the Holy Spirit as they discuss ways to use them to follow Jesus.
Language Arts We will be building and blending long i words that have i, y, and igh. The comprehension focus will be on visualizing and reading to identify the problem and solution in a story. The story this week is The Kite, which is from the Frog and Toad series. Adjectives will again be a grammar focus this week, as the children learn that adding –er and –est to an adjective will give them a way to compare nouns. The writing focus is on personal narratives as the children write to tell about a personal experience.
Math As we practice adding 10 to a single digit, then 10 to each successive number, we are practicing mental math. The children love to add 3 digits in their head! Try this in the car, always starting with 1, then adding two more single digit numbers. You will be helping your child to prepare for double digit addition, with regrouping! We will also work on comparing and ordering numbers to 100, counting by 100s, sums of 10 addition facts, and identifying a missing addend this week.
Science We will explore ways to classify rocks, identify the ways people use rocks and minerals, and make connections to caring for God’s creation, especially the Chesapeake Bay.
Social Studies We will discuss the differences between needs and wants, goods and services in the work world. The concept of buying, trading, and saving will be introduced.