It’s hard to believe that the first week of first grade is over! We have been very busy learning routines, procedures, and getting to know one another.
This week, we learned how to do our personal best by reading about a girl named Penelope, who, despite her good intentions, just continued to make sad choices! She sent us her daily schedule and the firsties came up with lots of ways for her to make better choices.
We created charts to help us remember our ideas, such as what our bodies do when we’re listening. We read books like No David!, My Mouth is a Volcano, and The Way I Act to help us see why it’s necessary to be a certain way in the classroom.
We also jumped right into some math by getting our hands on some fun manipulatives! We learned that these tools can help us to learn, and we learned first how to use them in ways that will make our brains grow and keep our room safe and neat.
We learned about the 5 Finger Rule (ask your firstie to teach you!) and the three ways to read a book while building our reading stamina in the classroom. We read almost 16 minutes in one sitting without stopping this week! We also learned that it’s important to choose our own books, and think about our purpose, interests, comprehension, and words we know.
In Writer’s Workshop we brainstormed writing ideas and learned how we will use our writer’s notebooks. We will be continuing to develop those ideas through the next week as we get used to brainstorming ideas, making lists of story topics, and sharing our stories over the next few weeks.
One of our most exciting forays into inquiry included experimenting with legos. The children were challenged to create something that could help others. They came up with all sorts of unique ideas! Ask your firstie to tell you about his or her own creation!
I’m excited to see where the Lord takes us into next week!