Hello All, and welcome to winter – finally! It may be the only sign of snow we have for awhile, but it’s kind of cool while it’s here!
Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to school last Friday to watch the Middle Kids’ musical! We thought they did a great job. There were a LOT of lines, songs, and moves to remember! Another great thing about this performance was the fact that they really learned a ton about geology along the way. Thanks again to Tina for all of her hard work.
We have a fairly normal week this week, aside from conferences on Friday. There is no school or daycare on Friday. Thanks to parents who have come in and reserved a time to talk with us about your kids’ growth this year. It is important that we meet with each of you, so if you haven’t selected a time yet please do so.
In topic work we will continue our study of African this week. We are going to move away from the rainforests to the savannas. We will learn about the plants, animals and climate of the savanna, and compare and contrast them to those of the rainforests. They will create another poster similar to the ones they made about the rainforest. Their rainforest posters are on display in the commons, so please stop in and take a look.
In Reader’s Workshop we are going to take a short break from our novels and look at the features of nonfiction books. We will learn how reading a nonfiction book is very different than reading a chapter book. We read nonfiction books to gather information, and learning to navigate using the different features is important. We will also spend some time talking about all of the different nonfiction reading people do on a daily basis. The average adult spends much more time each day reading nonfiction than fiction!
In math the kids are busily trying to meet their individual mid year goals. Some have already surpassed them, while others may need a little more time to meet them. This is one of the ways we individualize, and setting and adjusting goals is an important life skill. We will talk with parents about their child’s goals during our conferences.
Have a wonderful week! Let us know if you have any questions.