Week One, Check!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I’m excited to see where the Lord takes us into next week!

Welcome to the Patience Fruit Stand!

It’s time for a new school year to begin!

Brand new pencils, markers, the fresh, neat rows of sharp crayons . . . this might be my favorite time of year. Everything is crisp and gleaming, and everyone is rested from a summer of fun.

I wanted to share a few articles with you to help your child transition from the easy, breezy summer days to a new routine and hopefully help with any anxiety your child (or you!) may be feeling about a new school year. Just click any of the following images!

How Family Game Night Makes Kids into Better Students

PressEncouraging Reluctant Readers

Ease Back-to-School StressEasing Back-to-School Stress

For your convenience, here is the information presented at our orientation. You may click the images to link to each document. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I am so happy to help you in any way I can. I’m so excited for this new year!

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