Greetings from Tr. Richelle!
As we move into late autumn and early winter, we continue to make the most of our beautiful campus and our First Grade theme of Making a Difference. In October, we walked 6/10 of a mile to get a sense of the commitment made by our own Tr. Devon in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure and collected leaves for the school’s October Community Cares project. The leaves were used to make beautiful placemats for our senior friends at Bellingham and Park Lane.
Getting the leaves ready for pressing
We are looking forward to the November Community Cares field trip to the Chester County Food Bank, where we learn about the good work done there. We will also decorate boxes that will be used to deliver food to seniors. You can view a video about the CCFB to learn more!
We continue our Making a Difference theme in November by exploring how we can make a difference in our families. In December, our theme will be Light and Sound and Celebrations as we discover the things that different winter holidays have in common … and incorporate investigations into light and sound while we’re at it! January’s theme is Winter, Weather, and Solar Systems, again integrating social studies, science, math, and language arts.
In Fundations unit 4, we will be learning about bonus letters (ending consonants f, l, and s), which are always doubled at the end of a one-syllable short vowel word and don’t make an extra sound. In units 5 and 6, we will learn about “glued” sounds, in which the vowel sounds are slightly different than the expected short vowel sound. Examples are /all/ as in ball, /am/ as in ham, and /an/ as in fan. The concept of basewords and suffixes are introduced in unit 6, and we will focus on pluralization rules. We will explore the differences between narrative fiction and informational texts, and work on reading with accuracy and prosody (expressiveness). In unit 7, the additional glued sounds ending in -ng and –nk will be introduced.
Working with sentence frames, the children learn sentence mechanics and practice spelling patterns and trick words.
The children apply Fundations skills, as well as decoding strategies learned in Guided Reading,
to enjoy reading in our “living room” during center time or D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read).
In math, we will be doing a lot of work with subtraction prior to exploring 5 and 10 relationships. This year, we’re introducing the multisensory TouchMath approach not only as an additional strategy for children to use when performing computations, but also as a way for them to understand the value represented by each numeral. Addition and subtraction facts, first to 12 and then to 20, will be practiced. In preparation for place value work, the children will learn counting and number patterns to 120!
Magnets make math more fun!
Speaking of math: did you know that cooking with your child can provide opportunities to practice both reading and math? As you share the holiday months with family and good friends, keep this recipe in mind:
Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving (or any holiday!)
1 cup of Friendly Words
2 Heaping cups of Understanding
4 Full Tablespoons of Time and Patience
Pinch of Warm Personality
Dash of Humor
Measure words carefully. Add heaping cups of understanding; use generous amounts of time and patience.
Cook low~ don't boil. Add humor and warm personality. Season to taste with spice of life! Serve in individual molds.
The above recipe has 4 of the trick words we’ve learned so far (a, of, and, to), a word we can tap out (cup), and digraphs (sh and th). Ask your child what’s special about the th digraph!
Important Dates for November:
November 2nd – All-School Gathering
November 3rd and 4th – Parent Teacher Conferences
November 7th – LS travels to the Chester County Food Bank
November 15th – Health Screenings
November 21st – Family Meeting for Worship at 10:00 am
November 23rd – 25th – School is closed in honor of Thanksgiving
Important Dates for December:
December 14th – Kids Care
December 15th – Holiday Concert in the evening
December 16th – Winter Holiday party at 2:00 pm
December 19th – 30th – Winter Break!
Important Dates for January:
January 3rd – School resumes from Winter Break
January 12th – All-School Gathering
January 16th – No School – Day of Service for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 25th – Visiting Day for parents