The kids and I are just so surprised at how quickly the time is passing, it just has not slowed down! It is hard to believe the we are already approaching the end of November.
Thank you for getting your field trip forms in on time for me, we have to pay in advance for many of the field trips and this helps us stay out of the "red" in regards to our field trip funds. Many students chose to order a book and/or class t-shirt and I am super excited to see both of them come together! We have finished the design of our classroom shirt and the order will be sent out today. We should have our shirts within the next two weeks. I can't wait to share them with you! Our classroom book is mostly done but we have to do our final drafts. Once done, it will take a few weeks for those to arrive.
This week we started our Second Great Lesson; it is one of my favorite's to teach! We will be talking about the Coming of Life through winter break. Look for some great projects to come home that will help the kids understand this timeline of life and where our place is in the world. We will be kicking off the discussion with algae, moving through trilobites, reptiles, mammals and into humans. The older kids are already talking about Australopithecus in anticipation of the lesson. I just love it!
Starting the first week of December, our Practical Life shelf will be filled with holiday traditions from around the world. This year we are going to focus on Italy, Mexico, and France. If you have any artifacts that you could loan us for this time or would like to come in to share something from your own heritage, I would so appreciate it. Rebecca, Max's mom, is planning on coming in to make latkes with the kids and Lynn and Joe, Lia's parents, will be coming in to share some of their Italian holiday traditions with us as well.
A huge thank you goes out to Leah, Shepherd's mom, for helping us with the third grade Thankful books. This is not a simple task and I so appreciated the help. I love when parents are able to come in to help, interact, and be a part of our environment. Thank you, Leah!
Lastly, our holiday classroom celebration with be on December 22nd. Please send in a food item for our "feast" with your child. We will be having a day of celebration together in honor of all of our hard work for the past few months. This will be a read-in day, so send your child to school in pajamas and ready to hang out, read, and have a good time with their classmates! We will feast in the afternoon between 1 and 3pm. You are welcome to join us.
***Please remind your child not to take any valuable items to school. Things get taken, they go missing, and they get lost. It is really unfortunate when this happens and I have no control over it. The best thing to do is to leave valuable items at home.***
Due to there being no school on Thursday or Friday of next week there will be no spelling words list sent home. Enjoy your time with your family this Thanksgiving!
Have a great weekend,