As I was watching the
students at recess the other day, it seemed so strange to see them running
around without coats, hats and mittens on a mid November day. We have been
truly blessed with the sunshine and warmth that we have had this fall. It has
been a special gift. Who knows how long this weather will last.....I suggest
making sure you have all the winter gear they will need sooner than later as we
know that it eventually will be coming our way!
This week has been an
interesting week to say the least. The election has created a buzz in the
environment. In some cases it has been a buzz of excitement in other cases it
has brought up many thoughts of concern. We respect that there are a multitude
of thoughts in regards to the election and we have been allowing your child to
talk. We have not spoken about the results of the election as a full group but
rather, we have chosen to talk with the students in small groups or
individually. We have found that the smaller setting allows children to share
more freely. We feel that our job is to let the students know that we are
hearing them and that adults are doing everything they can to make them feel
In other news, we have
been incredibly busy, as usual. There are days that I look at my watch and I
can’t believe that it is already noon. For example, on Tuesday, we went from
our meeting time, to guided reading, to word work groups, to Chinese, to math
and then to skating within the first 3 hours of the day! It is unbelievable
what we get accomplished!
In Writer’s Workshop,
we started our new unit on “How To’s”.We have spent a lot of time brainstorming what we are good enough at
doing, that we could explain it in simple steps. This believe it or not is the
hardest part of the How To project. The students need to decide on something
that is explainable and not too big. For example, a lot of students have said
that they want to write a How To about skating. We have been coaching them to
see thatskating is too big for a how
to....but a certain part like how to skate backwards would be more appropriate.
At this point, we have written a How To about brushing teeth.....but will be
asking them to think in more depth about other things that they could explain.
We are using word organizing words like, “First, Then, Next, Last” to guide our
In Science, we are
continuing our study of rocks. Morgan’s dad, Brian Wright was our special geologist
visitor who came down and talked to the students about the 3 main different
types of rocks- sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. He even wrote a song with
a little rap in it that the kids learned how to sing. We are going to continue
practicing it......so you might hear parts of itat home!
Our Guided Reading and
Word Work Groups have been moving along beautifully. It is always such a treat
for us as teachers to see your child grow and develop new reading strategies.
It is also a joy to watch your children truly enjoy literature!
In math, we are
starting to work with numbers up to 20. Our ultimate goal is for your children
to think of numbers as a group of tens and ones....and right now we are
establishing the language and using graphic organizers.
A couple of
-If you haven’t signed
up for grandparents/special person’s day, do so as soon as you can,
-If you know of anyone
who is interested in attending Breck, have them come to the Open House on
Saturday, November 12th!
-If you travel and
would love to open up the world to your child’s class....feel free to send a
postcard to our room and tell us about where you are:
The address is: 123 Ottawa Ave N. Golden Valley, MN 55422
-Remember to look at
your child’s homework folder everyday and initial the Peek at the Week.