SFMOMA was a wonderful outing today! Thank you for getting up a bit earlier and bringing your child in early. The docents took the children in small groups to look at paintings, sculptures, and interesting art installations. Your child had the opportunity to create art inspired by some well-known artists. The organizing docent pulled me aside as we were leaving and complemented our class on their thoughtful comments and questions and good behavior. Way to go, Room 8!
In math, we are learning about standard and non-standard units of measurement. Your child learned how to measure to the nearest inch, half-inch, and quarter-inch. To practice, the kids measured each other’s “wingspan”, handspan, the circumference of their heads, etc. Your child also learned to use line plots to display data, and next week we will look at the attributes of geometrical figures.
Research continued early week, and then your child began writing their 1-page report about their national landmark or symbol. We are using Google Docs for this project, so your child is practicing keyboarding skills, learning about paragraphs, indenting, and word processing shortcuts. Today I sent home information and instructions about an at-home project in which your child will build a model of their symbol or landmark. The project is due Friday, February 8th. On Monday I will show the class photos of projects from years past, but I encourage creativity. You may help with the project, but most of the work should be done by your child. Have fun!
In writing, your child wrote their About the Author page, and has been adding to their chapters all week. We are hand writing the first draft, which Jonathan aptly named “The Ridiculously Rough First Draft”. Once we have a basics down, your child will edit and revise and then begin typing up their book. So much work and love go into this project, be sure to ask about it!
Keep the Home Reading Going! By now your child should have a routine for reading time. Our expectation is 30 or more minutes per night. If I mentioned oral fluency work at our November conference, please keep asking your child to read aloud to you (or a sibling, or a pet) for practice. Encouraging reading is the most important thing you can do at home that will impact your child’s future academic success.
Finally, the kids have been cracking me up all week with their alternative seating creations during independent reading time. Check out my website to see some of these innovative seating options that truly can only be enjoyed by a child!
Have a fantastic long weekend!