We are truly enjoying the lovely weather Alabama is having lately. It is especially nice for outdoor botany lessons as we learn more about the Plant Kingdom. Our globe skills continue to grow with practice using lines of latitude and longitude to locate places on the earth. Students were given the Fifth Great Lesson: the Story of Numbers. We will study Roman numerals as an extension job. A new word study category of homographs was introduced. We specify them as words that are spelled the same but sound different. Another new lesson was finding symmetry as an extension of the study of polygons. Everyone is encouraged to practice memorization of basic math facts toward the goal of answering 100 mixed all facts in 5 minutes with 85% accuracy. Expectations are for 1st graders to master addition, 2nd graders to master multiplication, and 3rd graders to master subtraction and division. Looking to next week, remember that there will be no school on Wednesday, November 11th. Have a wonderful weekend.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Spirit Week was so much fun. We enjoyed the camaraderie it promoted. Who knew it would include the perfect Pajama Day with a delayed opening on Thursday? Lower Elementary had new lessons on latitude and longitude, an extension of Great Lesson 4 creating their own hieroglyphics, and taking a botany walk around campus. Thanks to the PTO for the treats on Friday afternoon to finish the week. It is hard to believe next week is November. We hope everyone has a safe Halloween tomorrow night and remember to set your clocks back so we will see everyone safely back to school on Monday.
Friday, October 23, 2020
What a beautiful week we had. The weather was not too hot. The children were busy. It was such a pleasure to come to school and learn together... with masks and social distancing, of course. New lessons included: Needs of Humans, Botany Chart introduction, Parts of a River, and Polygons. We continued practicing multiplication, recognizing even/odd numbers, renaming improper fractions to mixed numbers, telling time, counting money, matching homophones, identifying common/proper nouns, and extension lessons with parts of speech. Everyone wrote a final copy of their literary character paragraph and decorated their pumpkins. The pumpkins are awesome!! Each one is as individual as the children who painted them. Be sure to come and see them placed around the campus for Spirit Week starting this coming Monday, October 26th. Also, remember the themes for each day so wear “crazy socks” and have “crazy hair” on Monday. We’ve got spirit! Yes, we do! We’ve got spirit! How ‘bout you?
Friday, October 16, 2020
Fall is here! We watched a video and took notes about the seasons. Ask your child if they remember that the earth’s tilt and distance from the sun affects the temperature and length of day. Another special presentation was the Montessori Great Lesson on the Coming of Humans. Humans are special because of our brain, thumb/hand, and ability to love for others. First graders had an introduction to adjectives. Second graders identified irregular past tense verbs. Third graders had an introduction to adverbs. The students are working on their pumpkin paragraphs. We can’t wait until we get to decorate the pumpkins and place them around the campus. Enjoy the beautiful weekend that is predicted.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020
We had a very productive week. Since the end of the quarter is next week, there were no new lessons. Many students were able to finish all their assignments and make choices for follow-up jobs. Everyone made “book covers” for their finished narratives. It will be so much fun to write a descriptive paragraph about a character from a favorite story next week and then decorate a pumpkin to look like that character. Pumpkins will be on display Monday, October 26th - 30th. That will also be Spirit Week with fun themes for each day. Remember that there will be no school on Monday, October 12th. Have a safe and relaxing weekend!!
Friday, October 2, 2020
Now that October has arrived we are enjoying the cooler weather. We continued our study of the universe with learning about the phases of the moon. Did you see the Harvest Moon and the planet Mars on Thursday or Friday night? Another way we are learning about our earth is through a timeline of life. Students choose a plant or animal and recorded information from the timeline. This includes eras, periods, kingdoms, phylums, and changes in the crust. Also, they are identifying more land and water forms. Everyone is practicing math facts to improve memorization and faster recall. For geometry, our lessons have been terms for triangles. Equilateral, isosceles, scalene, acute, right, and obtuse maybe some new words you hear. Writing a narrative using the components of characters, setting, plot, editing, and final draft has been a focus that resulted in some fun stories. Looking forward to more writing fun in October with "Literary Pumpkins". Details next week. Have a good weekend.