First of all, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of Heather and I as we have brought Hazel into our lives. The students have been incredibly kind, the staff here has been so supportive, and you, the families, have been generous in both your kind spirits and your amazing gifts. Heather, Hazel and I thank you from the bottoms of our hearts, which only seem to grow bigger day by day.
I am working on individual thank-yous, but also finding that I'm spending a lot more energy on feeding and resting myself these days than I'm used to. ;)
Secondly, I'd like to update you on where we are academically in class! These are very exciting times.
Math: We are in the middle of Unit 8, Fractions. Fractions can be quite scary, but we seem to be holding it together pretty well so far. The kids are confident with the terms numerator and denominator, and even get where they go correct most of the time. Remember the denominator goes down, and we're looking pretty good. I'm also encouraging them to think a little more critically about what the numerator and denominator represent, namely that the numerator tells you how many pieces you have, and the denominator tells you how big (or how many pieces in a whole) those pieces are. It's not easy, but we're working very hard at it.
Writing: Our non-fiction informational writing is coming along great! The kids did some amazing work while I was gone with both Ms. Bianchini and Mrs. Ericson, and I'm so excited to get right back into it with them. I feel like I missed so much! This week we've been working on parallel sentences, also called comparing/contrasting sentences. I've been thoroughly impressed with the work I'm seeing.
Cursive: Oh no! We got a bit behind the eight ball on cursive (this was a prior scheduling issue of mine and a few other teachers with a new program) and we're going to be doing LOTS of cursive for the next few weeks. Prepare to hear about some sore hands! :)
Spelling: Unit 22! Wow! We're trucking along. Here's a list of all the spelling units (thanks to Mrs. Ney) we've had so far this year, with the words from each. Use this as you see fit to practice!
*** The Core Spelling Words from Units 1-22 are listed above. These words will be cycled through our spelling units. Thank you for continuing to review these words with your child.
Theme: Physics of Sound! Again, I missed so much! What a great unit as we learn all sound are vibrations and the difference between pitch and volume (if you're not sure, ask your budding scientist!). You'll be getting information today about the upcoming Sound Maker Parade, and what your young sound maker will be doing.
Reading: You should be hearing all sorts of ephemera about a variety of topics as we explore the world on non-fiction books. We've talked about how to approach non-fiction (ask your child about the sound lightning makes and what it has to do with reading with vim and vigor!), how to approach new and difficult words, and the plethora of tools at our disposal in a non-fiction piece to aid comprehension (ask about text features). I love this unit, and the kids seem really amped up, too.
Thirdly, if you haven't yet, you NEED to follow us on Twitter for our Final Five every day! You'll get constant updates on what is happening in class, and great conversation starters for dinner, bed time, or just any old time you want to talk more with the family.
Todd (and Heather and Hazel)