Imagine starting a new job every year, with a new boss, new colleagues, and new tasks to learn. That’s what your child does each year. In their new grade, kids are called upon to be brave and try new and hard things. We call that being Courageous, and this is our character focus for the beginning of the year. At Old Mill, we are celebrating all those who have pushed themselves to try the hard stuff. I am so proud of all the kids of room 8 who are adjusting to their new “job” and “boss” so well!
In Science, we discussed looking at objects through the lens of a scientist. Your child learned the ABCDE’s of scientific sketching (accurate, big, colorful, detailed, explained) as they collected and drew scientific sketches of redwood branches and various leaves. We taped these into our science journals, and as Logan R put it, the room smelled like Christmas today! Scientific sketching is a skill we will revisit throughout the year in science.
Mindfulness began this week as Lisa Spendov visited our room on Tuesday and Thursday. Ask your child about mindful listening and sending kind thoughts. We sent kind thoughts to someone special to us, and then sent kind thoughts to ourselves. Sounds simple, right? Many of the children were really touched by how good it made them feel to send and receive these thoughts! After Lisa left, we watched a movie titled, Just Breathe. I really love this little video and hope you get a chance to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVA2N6tX2cg
In math, your child worked on multiplying and dividing by 2, 5, and 10. They cut fact family triangle flash cards, which I will send home next week. Please help your child master these facts, which will become the foundation for other facts. Students should know these by heart. Your child also started back up with Reflex Math, and after a couple days of glitches, the company reports that their program is back on track. I encourage your child to log on and practice their facts using Reflex Math at home. It’s very effective and it’s fun!
In reading, we talked about ways to find books that are “Just Right”. While leveling helps, kids are often faced with so many book choices that choosing can get confusing. We talked about what it feels like if a book is too easy (boring, our minds drift), too hard (boring, frustrating, our minds drift, we don’t “get” what’s going on), and when they are Just Right (exciting, fun, interesting, I can read a page in 1-2 minutes). We also discussed the “Five Finger Rule”. If your child struggles with reading or understanding 5 words on one page, the book is most likely too hard right now.
In poetry, your child drew word tickets from a velvet bag to help them write poems about their heart. The word tickets helped kids include fun concepts to include in their heart poems like trampoline, mist, frosting, waves, a diamond, and owls. Just wait until you see how they worked these words into their poems!