Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 7-11

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We hope you enjoyed your long holiday break!
On Friday, January 18th, the report cards will be going home. We will also have a half day for conferences. These conferences are on a need-to-meet basis.
There is no school on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

This week your child will be inquiring into the following:


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This week your child will be reviewing all the Word Wall words with various chants and activities. We will introduce the next 5 words which are:



little
work
know
place
years



The spelling challenge will be on Friday, January 11th.

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For this week, we will start creating resolutions for the new year; therefore, we will read The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. 
The children will be discussing what their New Year´s Resolution is!

We will start reading texts on Martin Luther King Jr.   




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We will continue writing narratives. We will start writing a personal narrative about our holiday break. 

For the following couple of weeks and continuing from Reading, in our Social Studies Unit, the students will be learning about Martin Luther King Jr. biography and important facts. The students will be writing an informational text on Martin Luther King Jr. 


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This week we will start with chapter 6. In this chapter, your child will be counting and modeling numbers to 120. We will be doing a variety of fun counting activities. Please continue practicing addition and subtraction within 20 at home.
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 Subtraction
H.12           Make a number using subtraction - numbers up to 20
H.13           Related subtraction facts
H.14        Subtraction sentences: true or false?




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We would like to start implementing creative writing as part of their homework. The students will be taking writing homework twice a week. There will be a prompt, a question for them to answer, or simply a picture for them to write about it to let their imagination start flowing.

Statistics show that reading helps develop your writing skills, but writing helps develop your cognitive growth, organizational abilities, and the power to influence others through persuasion.  In short, writing powers the brain.

Studies show that children who practice creative writing more often are generally better in other subjects too like math, science, and languages. Challenging themselves to come up with creative thoughts and problem solve, builds the confidence and discipline students need to succeed in all areas of life.

Writing gives children more opportunity to assert themselves and their opinions and develop their “voice.”  These developments can really strengthen their self-confidence.




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