Did you have a great three day weekend? I had such a wonderful weekend, I think every weekend should be three days!
I am not sure if you were able to see last week's post, for some reason it looks to me like it didn't publish. I apologize if you didn't get to see it but you should be able to read it now if you like. Last week we focused a lot on getting back into the routines some more and the kids really settled into their work plans again.
Second and third graders are beginning to learn how to use Keyboarding Without Tears which is a typing program that we are introducing to help students not only learn this skill but to aid them when them take the AMP test beginning in the spring of 3rd grade. It's a great program that we utilize at school but that they can also access at home. Please email me if you would like me to send you the link for their access code and website information.
Our field trip last week to Kaleidoscape was a great success! Thank you to those who chaperoned and drove for our class. The kids had a great time. Make sure to check out the Upcoming Field Trips tab for a picture from our experience at K-Play Studio. Our next field trip will be at the PAC to see the Jabali African Acrobats on February 4th. If you have not yet sent in a permission slip and $8 for the admission, please do so soon. Currently we have enough chaperones to attend.
We have been learning about the importance of earning, saving, and spending money the last several months. Now we are beginning to learn about creating business plans and our own businesses. 2nd and 3rd graders have the option of participating in this activity but they must complete the business plan before beginning their marketing and production of product. Once approved each business will get their own business license. The business plans are due this Friday, January 23rd. Currently our market is scheduled to take place on February 18th or 19th. As a class we are going to discuss this more; we may extend the market to two or three days depending on what the kids would like to do. In an effort to wrap-up this learning experience, we will be visiting First National Bank in March to tour their facility.
Lastly, we have been focusing a lot on SEL (social emotional learning) in our classroom; typically we do one lesson a week. Last week we discussed the importance of being a good communicator and what that looks like. The class participated in two activities to explore the challenges and benefits of being a good listener and speaker. Ask your child what we did in class to expand on these skills! (Tip: as a reminder for them, ask them what activity they did with a partner that involved drawing)
As always, please email me with any concerns or questions. If you would like to volunteer in the classroom you are more than welcome to drop-in or contact me if you're interested in teaching an activity or sharing a skill. We would love to have you!
Have an excellent week!