"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." (Tecumseh, Shawnee 1768-1813)
Welcome to 1st A look back at the highlights of November, 2014...
It was a fantastic month in 1st grade! This was a busy month starting with parent conferences and an All-School Gathering. We traveled with second grade to the Chester County Food Bank, donated food and worked at decorating food packing boxes with friendly pictures and messages.
Our special theme for November was "Colonial Days". Students learned more about the history of the colonies and what daily life was like back then. We learned more about how to pack for the journey aboard the Mayflower. We received "personal" emails from fictional children living in 1620; an English girl named Lizzie who was traveling aboard the Mayflower, and observations from Pometacomet, a 12 yr old member of the Pokanoket tribe of the Wampanoag nation. We also enjoyed listening to some Colonial Williamsburg tavern music, and the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers. Unfortunately, our field trip to the Colonial Plantation was delayed by poor weather!
In math we have worked on place value and using a ten-frame for basic addition and subtraction. We have learned about the bonus letter rule and our first several glued sounds ( -all, -am, and –an). We look for these while reading!
Journal Writing was launched in late September and continues onward. Students begin writing with pictures and move into writing about those pictures, using skills like letter-sound association to plan and record words and sentences. We also continue reciting our Poem of the Week.
The month of November also brought the special joy of Thanksgiving. This holiday is a perfect time to remember the many blessings of our lives. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who donated and volunteered to help out with our special snack.
First Grade said it was blessed and thankful for: "...peace, school, family, friends, video games, my pet dog, food, cousins, turkey, and everything".
In school we try to focus weekly on our awareness of the many people and things for which we are thankful. As always, friendship, kindness, responsibility, and gratitude continue to be stressed in our first grade classroom.
A Look Ahead...
December is a month filled with special explorations centered on the theme of “Celebrations of Light”; our inner light, the science of light, and the many different ways countries celebrate winter holidays. We will have lots of fun and learning throughout this exciting month.
Wishing all my friends health, peace and joy this season!
In friendship, Tr. Michele
Reminder: Cold weather is creeping in periodically, so please remember to send your child dressed in warmer clothes (as needed) as we will go out for recess as much as possible. Raincoats with hoods are also helpful. I enforce the use of outerwear, especially for our early morning recess!
Upcoming December dates to remember LS Community Cares “Goshen Giving” 8th LS Holiday Concert K/1st 18th (6:00 p.m. official start) Kids Care 17th 1st Grade Winter Celebration 19th No school Dec. 22nd- January 5th Enjoy!
“Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we'll need no other light.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
We are a Quaker school. Our values are not taught in isolation – they are woven into the fabric of Goshen Friends School.