Week of March 12th

We had a crazy crazy exciting day on Friday while we were Leprechaun hunting. We search all over and he made a mess of our room a few times and even left some green footprints and handprints around the room. Unfortunately he escaped at the end of the day… It was quite a fun and exciting day…. feel free to keep the search at home as well!

 

Writers workshop
They have been blowing me away with the amount of writing they are doing! They are in LOVE with fiction books! This week we talked about creating series books and creating new books using the same characters, but getting into new problems!

Readers workshop
We are studying characters more and more and finding out how different characters connect. We have been reading the first of the Magic Tree House Series as a class and using out new tools during read aloud and buddy reading.

Math
We have been working on different combinations and taking that to the next level with questions such as:

I have 10 crayons
I have 4 red and the same amount of blue and green.
How many do I have of each?

I have 12 crayons.
I have the same amount of green, blue and purple crayons.
How many do I have of each?

They have been doing super well and am very impressed!

Ours schedule for Japanese Culture Day.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DA2oE98Oap977ZL6PpQbvZdEscU0KWKBu2oaYH9Jzgw/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

Week of February 26th

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the wonderful sunshine toward the end of this week.
On Thursday afternoon 1P and 1G got a chance to go to the main building rooftop so we could get some sunshine and read outside for a class period. It was nice to get some fresh air and spend some time reading with new buddies or by ourselves with the sun rays!

Week of January 29th

We are sending home a dream journal where kids can write down 2 (or more) dreams they have over the next week!

Math
We have finished our last unit, and did our pre assessment on measurement!

Reading
Kids are working on finding ways to help improve their understanding. This we touched on…
If you aren’t sure what’s going on then we need to go back and reread.
You can play a movie in your head to replay what you just read, or create one while you read.
We need to keep track of who is saying what and looking for quotations.

Writing
I was SO impressed with their writing this week! They have gotten started so quickly and remained on task while staying super engaged. They love doing opinion writing and writing reviews to help convince their readers.
They also showed a lot of improvement in helping their friends edit. They have been working so well together to find ways to improve their writing.

IPC
The kids are really curious about the brain and we learned how it is divided into several parts and how each part focuses on different skills.

 

Week of January 15th

Reading
This week we talked about what hard to read word strategies and finding out when some may be most useful such as “does it make sense” “does it sound right” or “does it look right”. When they know what may be wrong they can then find a more focused in solution.

Writing
We finished up our opinion writing about our collections and will move on to reviews next week. This week we talked about how to ask friends for quotes and using quotation marks, as well as how to politely disagree on something.

Math
We planned and conducted our very own surveys where we asked the class.

IPC
We have begun learning about the brain and the kids have shown a ton of interest! They are asking tons of questions and it has been fun seeing how our brain works and how sometimes it even tries to trick us!

Week of December 11th

Hope everyone has an amazing holiday!!!

We hope you all like your ornaments and snow globes, and thank you to first grade families for the gift. I can’t say thank you enough! We appreciate everything and the kids loved having you all help for the pot luck!

The kids had a wonderful last week, had tons fun dressing up and celebrating the holiday season!

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Week of October 9th

In Readers and Writers we have started learning about non-fiction.

Writers Workshop
We have discussed the differences between writing small moment stories about our lives, and now learning how to write “how-to” stories such as: how to take care of a dog, or how to play basketball. We have also talked about how to books, where events come in a sequence.

Readers Workshop
The kids have been super into non-fiction books and starting to identify how we read the two types of books. We looked at the table of contents and they loved seeing how we could look for information and then go right to that page, they kept coming up and showing me all the new things they have learned!
This week we talked about doing your sneak peak but now looking at a few pages and using the information on the title page as well.

 

Math
This week we started learning about designing some quilts using different patterns, while also identifying what shapes are hidden inside the designs as well. They were quick to pick up on the patterns and repeat them over and over like a real quilt.

Word inquiry
This week we looked at words that end in a y, and all the different sounds it can make! Here are a few examples below, and an attached picture.

fly – /i/
happy – /e/
play – /ay/
toy – /y/

 

First week! 2017-18

They made it!!!
It was an awesome first week and can see a lot of great friendships forming.
This week was spent getting to know each other, going over routine and learning about the classroom and school.
I am also working on meeting with everyone so that I can get to know them better and find out their specific skills. Over the next week or two we will be doing some pre-assessments to find out what each child knows and areas where we can help them progress. This was way can create a curriculum that meets the needs of each child and their specific needs.
Next week we will start unit 1 in math, there is a link below or you can look just above this post to find the math tab. Each unit we will post these sheets to help you stay informed.
We did start our readers and writers workshops and the kids started creating some of their own stories and will learn how to staple and connect their pages next week.
At the end of the day Friday we talked about doing a sneak peak while reading. We look at the covers and make predictions about what this book will be about. We talked about taking our time and trying to make connections between pictures and words and also noticing small details in the cover art. It would be great if you could ask them to do little sneak peaks at home when reading as well!
Again so sorry for all the information! This should be almost all of it at this point! Hopefully spreading it out has helped!
Dismissal
Montessori will be dismissing at normal time next week, so need the fine arts building foyer totally empty. We ask that all parents wait outside the fine arts building till our dismissal time. Grade 1 classes will then enter the foyer and we will dismiss from the doorway.
Tote bag
If you would like to send your child with a tote bag to keep at school to help them carry their water bottle and lunch to the cafeteria you are free to do so. This makes it easier for them to keep their belongings together (and not get dropped) while walking down the stairs to the cafeteria.
Reading
Starting next week the kids will pick a book from our classroom to bring home each night. We ask that you use this as a bonding time to enjoy books with your child. I have posted a little info if you would like about reading with your child. http://blogs.stmaur.ac.jp/1p/category/readers-workshop/
Again our biggest goal for them in the beginning of the year is to get them to love books, pick apart more details in the pictures. The more they love books the easier reading becomes!
Math Unit 1 info
http://blogs.stmaur.ac.jp/1p/category/math/
Questionnaire
If you could please fill out this questionnaire (printed or via word) by next Friday that would be wonderful. We are curious to know more about your child and their home life as well.
Library

If you could just bring their library book to school on their library day, this way they can get a new book each week. You are also welcome to come in before and after school to check our or look at library books.
Homework
This week we will focus on bringing home books and giving them a chance to enjoy reading. The following week we will be sending home a few words a week to practice.

End of Grade 1 See ya soon Grade 2!!

First a thank you….

Thank you to every child who has made an impact on my life, and hope I have made one on theirs as well. It was such an eventful year full of fun and exciting moments (and hopefully lots of learning). It was my first year at Saint Maur and will be one I remember forever. Thank you to the class parents who helped organize so many events and gifts throughout the year, everything has turned out perfectly. Thank you to all of the parents who help them at home, even though they may be quite tired.

Thank you to the kids who worked hard each and every day, they truly amazed me and SO PROUD of the progress throughout this past year.

A little summary of our last few weeks.

Readers workshop
We ended the year studying fiction books again. This time we focused on setting and where and when the story takes place, and also keeping track how it may change throughout the story. We made predictions about what will happen next, and worked on using what has already happened in the story to help us make more accurate predictions. We also did this by making connections between the main events in the story and how they can fit together like a puzzle piece.
We also did a mini character analysis and began to think about character traits which we also used to help create our own character for our final fiction story.

Math
We started by working with 3D shapes. We talked about faces (also called footprints/like a stamp) edges and corners/vertices. They built their vocabulary and found ways to describe these new shapes.

Writers Workshop
We worked hard to make our own character, create a setting of where and when, and found out how to include problems with conflict and resolution. We didn’t have as much time as we would have hopped but used this time to really work on creating ideas that connect as well as working collaboratively to help each other’s books and practice our editing skills.

IPC
While learning about getting from A-B we had a group research project and ended the year learning about plants and insects. They were responsible for taking care of a plant and had their own plant diary. They also conducted their very own research project where they chose an insect of their choice for which they then made a poster.

Again thank you SO MUCH for all of your help and support and hope you all have an absolutely amazing summer with lots of play and relaxing for your….. NEW GRADE 2’S

April 3-7

We had a crazy, fun and eventful week this week! We also miss our friend who had to leave and wishing him the best of luck!

Assembly!
Thank you for all the practice at home! It was our first time being in charge of something in front of so many people, and they were so brave! I am so proud of them and glad they were able to remember their lines and be so confident on stage.
They wrote all the lines and came up with all the ideas (I give them 100% credit!). Their stations were so fun, and was great to see them being little teachers. It was a big responsibility and although they were a little nervous it was amazing to see how much better they got after each new group!
I was not able to get many pictures but will send a Google Drive folder link in an email if you would like to upload any pictures or videos to share.

Math
We have been working on different types of patterns and they have caught on so quickly! They love doing patters and finding new ways to find out what will come next.
Below is a video of them making patterns using different body movements.

Writers
We have been working on different opinion pieces and talking about giving detailed reasons something may be the best, most delicious, etc. Friday we also talked about ways to politely disagree with someone else’s opinion. They did a fantastic job!!!

IPC
We have been designing and creating cities by looking at different places in our community, as well as ways in which we get from A-B. They have created a full plan and now using that plan to help them make mini cities!

 

End of Semester 1

It was a busy and fun week before break!
We had some last minute things to do to finish up and then some time to celebrate!

Math
We have been doing an awesome job working on different ways to make different numbers. We also talked about breaking down 4 + 7 = 11 into 4 is 2+2 and 7 is 3+4 to make 2+2+3+4=11.

Readers
We have been studying how to be super smart about non-fiction books. We added the following tasks to our “reading habits”…
– Stopping and studying each page (words and pictures)
– Chatting about the page or the book (we want them to increase their comprehension as well as expanding and explaining things they learn)
– Make your voice smooth and lively (showed them examples of nature shows and kid president about how they change their voices while speaking)

Writing
We have been working super hard on writing non-fiction books we spent some time writing about how to be good students and how we would teach a new student who came to our class.
We also picked an animal we know a lot about so we could teach others.

Word work
If possible it would be great to read over some of their old words over break and discuss the spelling pattern and what sound the vowels make.

 

Lastly

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
& Happy New Year!!!!

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