We have almost completed the first week of school. The students have been doing a wonderful job getting familiar with routines and rules. We have also been getting to know one another better, building community, and speaking directly to Growth Mindset. We have discussed strategies to deal with frustration and a how to persevere. They are eager and excited learners. I look forward to a fun and engaging year.
Please ask your child what they did or learned each day. We did an engaging activity on the first day. Students had to construct a castle from folded index cards in complete silence. They accomplished this task and were focused for nearly 45 minutes. They worked in teams and pairs cooperatively.
Students also did a scavenger hunt, completed a goal setting page, and circulated the room answering specific questions which I will share on Curriculum Night. I continue to read many books about Mindset and perseverance, as well.
Next week we will begin a simple homework routine.
Students will have an opportunity to begin their spelling homework in class. What they do not complete, will be homework for the following day. They will have at least 45 minutes at the end of the day for spelling homework. There is a test every Friday.
Students should be reading at least 30 minutes per night. At least once per week, I will give a short reading piece with multiple choice answers.
If a student cannot complete a task in class, they will be required to finish the work at home. I do not foresee this being an issue however, as, so far, most students seem to have good focus and time management.
I plan to begin social studies next week. We will begin by learning about landforms and mapping.
Every year, I begin writing with sentence structure and parts of speech. This will also begin next week.
We are delving into a new math program which is a combination of constructive thinking and fluency. It is highly hands on and engaging. The students relish the 10 Minute Math segment. This is a daily practice of ‘playing with numbers and operations’. It allows the students to take risks and have fun with numbers while fortifying computation skills and number sense.