This week we completely wrapped up our solar system projects, Montessori peace value flags, learned about constellations and even moon phases! We did a fun lesson on procedural writing with peanut butter and jelly and the kids finished it off with their own writing of how they get ready each day for school. We worked hard on our math facts, which many kids are progressing through weekly, and math operations. We have just two more weeks of working with our First Great Lesson and while the kids love the solar system there is a lot of buzz and excitement for the Second Great Lesson!
Our field trip is on Wednesday, October 18th. We will be leaving the school around 9:45 and returning around. Please be sure to send a cold lunch with your child on this day as we are eating at the museum. We will spend time in the spark lab, the planetarium, and of course in the Imaginarium! I cannot thank our chaperones enough- your time is valuable and we cannot make these trips, which are an important part of our curriculum, happen without you.
Have you chosen a date for your parent-teacher conference? The kids are excited to show you all of the great things they have been doing during the first quarter of the school year. We will be introducing a new electronic portfolio to you at the conference, too, so that you can see your child's work more regularly. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate your child and all of their achievements thus far; please be sure to sign up and show up on time.
A big thank you goes out to Sharyl for helping me last week with spelling words and around the classroom! This week Annie and Christle helped with the tests and I cannot thank you enough for the extra set of hands on spelling test days. With 5 lists to give it can get a bit crazy trying to squeeze them all in and get them graded to go home so you can see how your child did. Spelling City will still be available for use as a tool through the end of the school year. The following two weeks we will not do spelling words/tests since the weeks are short and there will be a lot going on. I'm sure the kids will be totally bummed! While there are no new words, this is a good opportunity for them to practice their old lists, which I made available on Spelling City.
Have a great weekend with your family!