We came back to school from Christmas break talking about the presents we received from Santa and the wonderful memories spent with family and friends. The students realized it was time to get back to work.
: During January, we finished our chapter - Health and started the chapter - Earth. With the help of Squawker, the students learn the pronunciation, spelling, and definition of words.
: The students used their Letters and Numbers for Me books to finish writing the Center Starting Capitals. Then, introduced them to the lowercase letters. We work with them on grip, posture, and proper paper placement.
Language and Literacy
: We finished the chapter - Concepts About Print by identifying the different characteristics of letters, words, and sentences. The children learn to recognize important signs in our world such as bathroom, safety, directional, and many other functional signs. Then, we began a news chapter - Comprehension. Students learn to make a prediction about a book by looking at pictures and illustrations. Using our Line It Up Story Cards, children identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
: We continue our chapter on Geometry. Students identify position or location using top, middle and bottom and above, below, over and under. These activities helps them listen and follow directions. Children learn to distinguish between left and right. The technique taught is to always shake hands with the right hand. When they know the right, they know the left. Using Mix & Make Shapes, students learn to sort shapes by their characteristics (sides, corners, and curves) to prepare for describing shapes. The students finished their I Know My Numbers #5 and #6 booklets.
: With the help of the PATHS animals, children learn to "Do Turtle." The objective is to teach children a technique for self-control. There are three steps for doing Turtle: Tell yourself to stop, take a deep breath, and say the problem and how you feel.
: Father Rick continues to visit with us on Wednesdays. He reads a bible story, we sing songs, and he prays with us.
We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Our hallway craft shows us joining hands and showing the world how we come together as one.
Also, the student assessments were done and the progress reports for the first semester were sent home.
We look forward to continuing the progress we've made and capitalizing on the success we've achieved.