This week with our Wonders program we will focus on: How do people help out in the community? We will read the book, The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. The book tells how Dr. King excelled in school, became a minister, and worked to end segregation in America. We will be having many conversations around “what can we do together to make a difference”? Our phonics focus will be the following digraphs: th, sh and ng. Digraphs are difficult because, although they have two letters, the sound that they make is different. Our spelling words are:
fish, shop, ship, with, thing, sang - - want, call
We will also be looking at three additional sight words: all, day, her
Our grammar focus will be nouns. Your children know that a noun is a person, animal, place, or thing. They know that some words always have a capital letter. We will connect this thinking with the terminology of: Proper Nouns and Common Nouns.
We continue to work on number sense with adding and subtracting within 10 and counting to/within 120. What is the difference between knowing your facts with fluency and knowing your facts with automaticity? If your child can add and subtract within 10 or count to/within 120 using a number line, number grid, blocks, or Rekenreks then they can do this with fluency. The goal by the end of the year is to do these same tasks automatically (without any tools to help them). In other words, your child should able to look at a math problem and know the answer immediately. To help with reinforcing these skills and helping your child reach this goal, they will be responsible for a quick math homework paper one day a week. Be on the lookout for this first homework paper this week. This will be a very quick review for your child and should only take them about 1 - 2 minutes to complete.
All year long we have been talking about and looking for Acts of Kindness within the classroom. Your children have shown wonderful empathy and kindness with each other. This week we will be working on a fun project, The 12 Days of Christmas Kindness. Your child will be bringing home this project and will be responsible for daily Acts of Kindness at home. Be on the lookout Thursday afternoon!
Last week in Science we revisited “Tiny Town” but with a new challenge. This time your children had to figure out how to change the strength and direction of a wrecking ball’s push in order to save the town. Ask your child about this fun exploration.