Happy Mother’s Day, belatedly! I do hope all of you had a day of the special attention and pampering you truly deserve!
I believe everyone had a great time during the Race for Education last week. Congratulations to Riley Payne who ran the most laps in the first grade group. Thank you to all the parents who came to cheer us on and volunteered in so many different jobs!
We will begin the last unit in language arts later this week. I expect this unit to take us through May 24th or so, at which time we will begin to review the skills we’ve worked so hard on and preview some second grade skills. Math, Science and Social Studies will begin to take up a larger part of the instructional time, as the children use their language arts skills while they are reading and comprehending non-fiction work.
We will have our annual May Procession this week on Wednesday morning, as well as the first school mass at which our second grade first communicants will attend and receive the Eucharist. This is a very special time for our entire school community. The children should bring flowers from the garden to include in the first grade vase being presented to our blessed mother. Please join us if you can; we begin @ 9 AM with a school mass, followed by the procession.
Finally, I am pleased to announce the end of official homework for the school year. A letter will come home today to explain the summer routine I hope your child will engage in at home.
May God’s face shine upon you this week!
Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade
Language Arts: The children will work on identifying sound-letter correspondence for the dipthongs oi, oy (join, toy) as they decode words containing these letters. The comprehension skillwork involves summarizing text (an important skill to work on this summer). They will use the words cause, effect, and happen when discussing non-fiction work. They will retell a story to show their understanding as well. The grammar focus is on combining sentences using the word and. They will also review beginning proper nouns with a capital letter. Study skills will be addressed as they use captions to determine information about a photograph or illustration.
Math: The children have been using “money” to buy things and give change (with paper money so far). They will continue this work and add coins to the mix. This is an introductory skill that they can work on this summer as a “real life” experience. They will also identify fractional parts of a whole, write observations about a graph, and measure line segments to the nearest centimeter.
Religion: We will continue to focus on Mary during this month of May, as well as discover that holy songs are prayers.
Science: the children will explore the properties of a gas through inference and define gas in terms of its properties. We will then have a chapter review on the properties of matter and an assessment.
Social Studies: We will be reviewing what we’ve worked on in the chapter, Everything Changes and demonstrating what we understand.