We are so excited to celebrate the new year. All the children were happy to get back into the swing of things in the classroom. We continue to read informational texts and are learning more about what animals need to live in our reading books. We are also learning to sound out and write simple words, as we build our knowledge of sight words as well. We have just completed our math chapter on addition and are now working on subtraction skills. We are having fun making rhyming word pairs. In our social studies lessons, we are learning about how Martin Luther King Jr. helped to make a change in our world for equality for all people. These lessons are helping us love and appreciate our differences as we share our lives in God’s world. Winter activities are being done in the classroom each day as we explore the season and the weather. The children are also using iPads in class and at home to help further enhance their math and ELA lessons.
The month of December has been both busy and fun-filled. The children are learning about the season of Advent and how to wait patiently as we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Each day we colored a box on our path to Christmas morning activity sheet. We made Advent wreaths in class and had a special prayer at the beginning of each week in preparation for the coming of Christmas. Our monthly crafts surely reflected the season of Advent and Christmas.
In our reading lessons, the children are learning how new sight words and are reading informational texts. In math we are using cubes to model and write addition sentences for number pairs for sums up to 10. We also learned all about animals that hibernate in the winter in our science lessons and activities, and in social studies we are learning about how different cultures celebrate the holidays. The children have been practicing for the virtual Christmas concert which will be on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00 they are very excited to share their songs with the parents! What a great way to end 2020!
Kindergarten has been busy learning about the four seasons, as we experience first hand the changes all around us during this season of fall.
We will be reading about the Pilgrims trip on the Mayflower and how they survived their first year in Plymouth with the help of their Native American Wampanoag friends. The class will also be taking a video tour of the Wampanoag and Plymouth Village after a look on board the Mayflower. The children will be amazed to see how many changes have taken place over the years, including how the Thanksgiving feast today compares to that of the Pilgrims and Native Americans.
In religion the class has been focusing on the many gifts God has given us, especially our families. The children have been thinking of ways they can say thank you to God for their many blessings. This will tie in with all of our Thanksgiving lessons.
The class continues to build on their reading skills with the addition of each new letter studied. They continue to work on realistic fiction and are learning how to describe the plot and settings of a story.
We are busy during our math lessons as well, using a variety of manipulatives to represent numbers and model ways to make numbers to ten.
The children are already getting excited about the coming Christmas holiday. We will be preparing by learning about the season of Advent, a time of waiting and anticipation of the birth of Jesus.