# February 15

Math
We are starting unit 6!
We will be working on some number problems over the coming week.
https://blogs.stmaur.ac.jp/1p/category/math/
Check the blog for activities that would be fun to practice at home.

Writers Workshop
We have put a little more pressure on and working on building up our stamina and writing more per period. They have stepped up and are doing well at it! They are writing 2-4 pages per class and learning to follow our detailed.

We are working on building our comprehension skills and making sure we are keeping track of what is happening. We talk about how we read to learn or enjoy, so even if you read the words right it won’t matter.
Feel free to stop every few pages while reading and ask them what is happening, and what they predict will happen next based on what they have read so far.

Valentine’s Day
We had a mini party and the kids love building relationships and working together on accomplishing common goals during our activities.

100 Day
We got to celebrate 100 Day on Friday. We had some fun activities to practice our counting and to celebrate all the learning that has taken place so far this year. Here is what we are going to look like!!! We also wrote about what we will be like when we are 100.

# February 8th

Remember we are collecting PET bottle caps all year long! Please bring them in as it helps many children gets vaccinations.

We got some new toys for playground time, they are excited to learn about some new toys to play with so we went over the rules together.

Student-led conferences
We have had quite a few gone over the past two weeks due to sickness (hopefully it will end soon!) We appreciate your understanding if some students things may be missing a few items. I will do my best to help out on the day for those who did not get time to practice.

Remember this is a day to focus on your child being the teacher, we talked about elaborating and explaining their learning, but feel free to ask away to help them expand on their ideas even more, this will help them build up more detailed ways to explain their learning. This can be done in English or your home language.

Math
The kids have been LOVING this measurement unit! They have been working together and learning how using different units can create different totals.

# January 2019

Sorry for the delay on blog updates this year.

We are working on “being the boss” of our reading and working on taking control of our reading by making sure we know what is going on.  (We will give you a bookmark about this at conferences)

We are also working on building up our comprehension skills and making sure to pay attention to what is happening and following the story. It would be great if you could ask them what is happening when reading with them at home.

Writers workshop
Working on persuasive writing and convincing people which item was best in our collections by giving multiple reasons and giving examples to back up our ideas.

We have also now started writing reviews about restaurants and also our favorite classes. We will share one of these with you on the conference day.

Math
We have started measuring and the kids LOVE LOVE LOVE measuring and finding out how long objects are. We are using informal measurement tools now such as paper clips, cubes, and tiles. Feel free to ask how long objects are at home and will definitely kill some time inside during winter while practicing their skills!

Kathryn Claire
Kathryn Claire came to visit again for the 2nd time. She is absolutely wonderful and the kids enjoyed singing some songs with her.

HELLO from Kathryn Claire. You can also visit her Youtube LIVE Playlist to watch videos or Kathryn’s original music or visit her Website for even more information.