The Christmas holiday is behind us and a new year has begun. The second half of the school year is about to begin. The students accomplished a lot in the first semester, and we are eager to build on the success we have achieved.
Penmanship: The students used their Letters and Numbers for Me books to finish writing their Starting Corner Capitals and start the Center Starting Capital letters.
Word Time: We finished our chapter -
Work and began the chapter -
Health. With the help of Squawker, the children learn the spelling, pronunciation, and definition of words.
Math: We finished the chapter -
Numbers and Operations and began the chapter -
Geometry. Geometry is the study of shapes and space. Children describe position using in and out. When they know position words, they can describe the relationship between objects. They use the words before and after in reference to things in a line. We connect this activity to ordinal numbers. The students finished their I Know My Numbers - #4 booklets.
Language and Literacy: We completed the chapter -
Phonological Awareness - by identifying the initial and ending sounds in words. Students learn to clap the syllables in words. Next, we started the chapter -
Concepts About Print. To learn to read, children must learn how books work and develop what educators call Concepts About Print. These concepts include: parts of a book, how to hold a book right-side up, how to turn the pages from front to back, and how to read from top to bottom and left to right. They learn to distinguish print from pictures, identify the different book parts, and imitate reading behaviors when handling a book. The students started working in their
My Book, a child's personal storybook.
PATHS: With the help of the PATHS animals, we continue to discuss emotions/feelings. We reinforce the concept that all feelings are OK. Children learn to understand other people's feelings. We concentrated this month on feeling angry. We provided examples of reasons for feeling angry. We went on to the lesson on Self-Control. Children learn the "Turtle Technique" for increasing self-control, decreasing impulsive behaviors, and signaling distress.
Chapel: The children enjoy visits from Father Rick on Wednesdays. The month of December brought stories about the birth of Jesus, holiday songs, and special prayers.
We had a lot of fun making our Gingerbread Houses, Christmas Caroling at The Promenade, and our Secret Santa gift exchange. Thank you to all the parents who participated and donated the items needed to make our holiday celebration so special.
We hope 2019 will bring the love and joy we experienced in 2018.