Good Morning, Families!
I hope this finds you having a beautiful Sunday morning. I couldn't get on to the Weebly site yesterday to update our class newsletter, so I thought I'd try again this morning. :)
Yesterday was a day filled with running errands and birthday parties. It was a nice day seeing the kids and their families having fun, while getting some things done for home and school. It's also important to "Sharpen Your Saw" as stated in "Leader in Me," so I also took some time to read my new Elton John book, Me, listen to some music, walk my dogs on the trail, try one of the new holiday coffees at "Starbucks" with Karl, and watch two movies with my hubby when he got home from work.
We've been busily getting things ready at home for our Thanksgiving and Christmas get-togethers, so our home is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I still have the fall decorations up at school and will take those down and put up Christmas decorations for the kids to enjoy in the next few weeks. I've been getting items ready at school in preparation for each week's lessons and activities for the kiddos. They have been working so hard at school and on their homework with their families. Thank you! Every amount of practice and exposure to skills will benefit the children in the long run. I hope you have all been well and enjoying this pretty and busy time of year.
The children began their new learning units in Heggerty, Fundations, Every Day Math, Lucy Calkins' Writing, Social Studies, and Mystery Science. Every day the children are exposed to various literature, word forming and sentence writing skills, reading strategies and practice, listening skills, following directions activities, working with others and on own, and becoming their own advocates by gaining more and more responsibilities for their materials and work. Students are learning new math skills such as measuring and reviewing addition and subtraction skills, the children started learning about our third habit "Put First Things First" in "Leader in Me," we had a class discussion about Veterans Day, and they completed a "Scholastic News" magazine about recognizing our military men and women. Students started a unit about light and sound in Science as they learned about how sounds are created as sound effects in movies and television shows. Students were then able to make their own sounds to recreate a rainstorm, a ball bouncing on the ground, and a ruler vibrating on a desk. The children also learned about families of the past and present. We will start learning about economics this week.
Remember, tomorrow the children can wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE in celebration of Veterans Day. Have a super duper week! Mrs. Zimmermann