Reading groups are back and I could not be happier! I am meeting with each reading group each day. Children are working on decoding, fluency, comprehension, inference, as well as critical thinking. When you read to your child ask them questions that will help enhance these skills.
Our read-aloud continues with a new book, Peter Pan! We have really been enjoying all of the detail the author provides. It really helps us create a picture in our imagination. Ask you children who the characters are (that we know of so far). What has the setting been? Why was the father so upset in the beginning of the story?
This week in Math the 1st graders have been provided with many addition and subtraction equations and have to determine which strategy is the most appropriate. Counting on? making a ten? using a doubles fact? adding to solve subtraction? children in Kindergarten have been continuing to work on patterning and the many ways one can create a pattern.
Please be sure your children are continuing to practice their math facts on a regular basis, and remember that just because they can multiply or divide does not mean they have a solid handle on these facts. many children can look at an equation and solve it but have not yet mastered the 1 less or 2 more skill. 1st graders should be practicing their doubles facts as well as any facts of 10. Kindergarten children should begin with facts of 5.
We are continuing to work on the human body unit in science. We are learning just how many internal organs we have that help us with everything we do! This week we learned about the small and large intestines. Ask your children...
What does the small intestinedo for us? - food gets pushed through the small intestine and it helps break down the food we eat. About how long is the small intestine? - about 20 feet). What is villi and what does it do? - Villi are small hairy, finger like things in the small intestine that push the food into the large intestine.
What is thelarge intestine? - It is connected to the small intestine and it takes all of the waste from the small intestine where it stays for 10 -12 hours. What happens after the 10-12 hours? - The solids are pushed through the large intestine and we poop it out, and the liquid we no longer need comes out in our urine. (Yes of course there were LOTS of giggles....maybe even some hysterical laughter