Parent Updates/Classroom News
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!! MAY ONLY GOODNESS,
HEALTH, PEACE, AND HAPPINESS BE YOURS In 2021!
Homework has been assigned for the week so please make sure that you look for it to reinforce the importance of responsibility in getting it done nightly and neatly.
The children always work very hard. I promise you that they will remain challenged throughout this year as they become more independent learners. We talk about this every day in class as I strive to ensure them that they DO have the tools needed to find the answers on their own. We are a work in progress, but I am confident in a successful outcome!
Please help me stress to your children the need to read at least 20 minutes every night and review their multiplication skills with flashcards or other study tools. As we move on to the next chapter covering division, they will realize quickly how easy division is if they know their multiplication facts. Thank you
WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE A SPELLING NOR VOCABULARY LIST FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR!!
RELIGION: We will focus our discussions on the importance of prayer and how it helps us to be Jesus' disciples.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will read about and discuss the formation of Jamestown, VA and concentrate on how English explorers came to present day Virginia to build communities.
SCIENCE: We are on to the states of matter and the physical and chemical properties they have.
MATH: We will learn about what the area and perimeter of a square and rectangle are and how to find it using the area equation and other methods.
LANGUAGE ARTS: We will practice our handwriting skills, grammar, and focus on the genre of biography by reading about Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
I am going to gradually guide the children into note taking since this is another skill that they need to learn and eventually master, but for now, in the interim, I will be using the Cornell Notetaking method to highlight the important concepts and vocabulary in the different subjects’ chapters that we will be covering. These notes will be placed in their notebooks so when they are preparing for a test, everything they need to know and study will be at their fingertips. I find this method very effective since it zeros in on the points that are most important.
I will be using the REMIND app to remind you of upcoming tests or due dates or other classroom announcements. To join, follow the photo instructions below.
READ ALOUD or READ TO SELF tool: I've purchased for the children a reading/listening tool that will assist them with their oral reading, letter sounds, phoneme blending, and phonics practice. Without having to speak loudly, the children can use the plastic phone to "hear" themselves read aloud. This auditory device can enhance their reading comprehension as well as fluency and allows them to listen to the clarity and rhythm of their words. It affords them instant feedback and encourages them to make any necessary adjustments to fluency and pronunciation as they speak.
I believe the children will enjoy using this tool - if it is fun to use, then maybe reading will become fun and something they will want to do more of. (THIS IS MY GOAL!!)