Class News

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April News

Please take a moment to review our current and upcoming studies, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  

Writing is an important part of our curriculum. Writing and reading develop “hand in hand”. One could describe writing as an art.  The author is the artist and his/her words create the paint. The children are becoming more artistic in their writing because they are learning to trust their ideas and commit them to print.  The idea of writing, revising and rewriting is sometimes frustrating and challenging for young children. Yet, in time, they adjust and eventually realize the many benefits the process provides in developing “rich” work.  Our first graders have been working very hard during our writing workshop creating great stories using vivid words. Now we are working on using our words to change the world. We are writing letters that persuade others to agree with our opinions.

In reading we are involved in many different stories that integrate the different vowel sounds and high frequency words.  We are working on learning to use our inference skills to gain meaning beyond the text. The students will continue to learn about long vowels and explore the patterns that make the sounds.  We are continuing to study the different parts of speech and learning how to make predictions and draw conclusions in our reading.

In math, we are continuing our studies in Unit 7 on Subtraction Fact Strategies and Attributes of Shapes.  We will be beginning Unit 8 towards the end of the month where we will be studying Geometry. The children will be given the chance to explore both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes.  Please read the Unit 8 Family Letter that will be sent home because it contains important information that will help you understand what your child is learning in math.

On April 11th, we will be going to Montclair State University to see the production of Junie B. Jones.   All of the students are looking forward to this trip and it is a nice follow-up to our reading unit on characters!    

Happy Spring!!

Mrs. Draney