We took a sound bath when Lisa Spendov visited for our last Mindfulness session this fall. We listened mindfully as she rang several Tibetan sound bowls, chimes, and used a rain stick. The entire class lay on the floor during this 5-minute session, and most of us were in awe of the way the sound surrounded us and calmed our minds. There were a few giggles for sure, but most of the children sat up afterwards with a smile and a deep sense of calm. What a wonderful experience, thank you PTA for providing such unique and helpful enrichment!
In science, we graphed our ‘fossil dig’ results. I was impressed how confidently the class figured out the scale and labels for the bar graphs, not an easy task with the high quantity of fossils your child sorted. We watched a fun music video about camel adaptations, took notes about the form and function of camel anatomy, then the kids broke into pairs to make a poster explaining these adaptations. We looked at many pictures of animals and speculated how things like color, size, shape, and body design help the animal survive in their habitat. Next week, your child will select an animal of their choice and do a little research to create another informational poster. Skills we will focus on; research, note-taking, presentation. We are definitely being inquirers, becoming knowledgeable communicators…all Old Mill Learner Profile traits!
In Math, we continue our focus on mastering benchmark multiplication facts with some daily quizzes. Your child is working to pass their 0-1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s individually. Some have had great success, some are embracing the growth mindset concept of “yet”. In other words, I encourage children to think “I haven’t got my 5’s down….yet.” This promotes the positive idea that this is a work in progress. Several children reported practicing at home over the weekend, and it shows. Thank you! Our math this week revolves around story problems involving addition and subtraction, next week we will look closely at multi-step story problems. Homework this week included multi-digit subtraction with regrouping (borrowing). If your child struggled, please take a few minutes to practice this with them when you can.
In Writing, we imagined what super power we would most like to have. How about the ability to freeze water, control time, fly, shape shift or stretch your limbs from here to eternity?! The kids used this topic to write a full paragraph that included a topic sentence, 3 reasons (supporting details) and a concluding sentence. Friday afternoon was spent designing costumes and drawing out these amazing superheroes.
In reading, we practiced reading like our books are “gold”. This reading applies to that done in our heads and when we read out loud. Ask for a live reading sample!
School counselor, Ms. Mishel visited and read a great book called “Sorry”, all about giving and receiving apologies (forcing someone to apologize, what to say if you aren’t ready to accept an apology, and why a true apology is so important). Be sure to ask your child, this might be a fun conversation to have.