It was great to see many of you at PEC #1 this past Wednesday! In case you couldn't make it to PEC or missed a workshop of your choice, Powerpoints and handouts from the various workshops will soon be available on our school website: www.davincik8.org
Enrichment classes began this past week. Please help your child remember when they have their enrichment classes by posting it on your home school calendar. This will help students become more independent and have a better understanding of the days of the week.
I noticed that many of the students keep asking me what time is it and how much longer do they have for each part of our day. I am encouraging all Parents to buy an analog watch for your child and help them practice telling time and counting elapsed time so that they are more aware of how long an activity lasts. Make sure the watch has the numbers counting by 5's on the outside of the watch for students beginning to tell time.
Reminder: NO SCHOOL or HOMESCHOOL- Monday, September 7th for Labor Day!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Thurs, 9/17 & Fri, 9/18
Every month the Family Action Network (FAN) offers pizza for sale at lunch as a fundraiser for DVIA. Pizza is $3/slice or 2 slices for $5. Drinks are $1. The slices are BIG so most core 1-3 kiddos get 1 slice and a drink for $4.
Each month FAN asks parents from one classroom to host the event. This means supplying volunteers, picking up the pizza and donating drinks. This month FAN is asking the families from Darlene's class to donate. A SignUp Genius link will be sent out soon. Let's start our FUNdraiser off on the right track!
Math with Megan:
This week in Math students began the week by taking a pre-assessment for Numbers and Operations in Base Ten. I will send home the assessments at the end of next week. Please review the assessment with your student, make corrections, sign, and send back the original WITH the corrections by Thursday September 10th and Friday September 11th. Students also logged into ST Math and began playing fun base ten games and puzzles. You can play ST Math at home during your homeschool time: www.stmath.com / student has their own unique login.
Parents, your child may feel like the beginning lessons are too easy. Please note that many of the beginning lessons are review and may seem easy. Keep encouraging your child to complete those lessons by saying phrases like, "This is a great review for you." "You're showing me that you've mastered this concept."
We also began exploring base ten concepts by using manipulatives to show how to build, decompose, and show a number in several ways. Here is a list of vocabulary words/concept that would be helpful to keep in mind when you are working through this unit:
- Place value
- Standard, Written, Expanded notation (form)
- Interpreting graphs
Reading/Project: We've been reading information about the 3 Branches of Government, The U.S. Constitution, and Checks & Balances. Students have been working in small groups to read, discuss, learn how to highlight important details, ask questions, make comments or connections, and choose the most important information. Now, the groups are working together to create a poster that explains their informational reading. As a class, we created a list of criteria that all groups must have on their poster.
We also began using the STOP, NOTICE, and NOTE strategies that Megan and I introduced during PEC #1. We practiced using the "Again and Again" strategy while I read "The Little Engine that Could." We will practice this strategy again next week with "Me First" by Helen Lester. You can use any book that has repeating words, phrases, objects, or situations. Ask the anchor questions: "Why does this keep showing up again and again? Why does the author bring this up again and again? The answer will tell you about the theme and conflict, or they might foreshadow what will happen later.
Writing: We worked for two weeks on our first writing sample: What is the most delicious food you've ever tasted in your life? Using the "THINK, PAIR, SHARE" strategy, students discussed ideas for the topic. Next, students completed a brainstorming graphic organizer showing: topic idea, where they were/who they were with, how it made them feel, listing the ingredients, using the 5 senses to describe the ingredients, and convincing readers to try their food. Then, the students reorganized their ideas onto a Personal Narrative Organizer with pictures and more details. Finally, students rewrote their story in paragraph form on notebook paper using their narrative organizer. Students then reread and made any edits they noticed before turning it in.
I will review all student writings, make notes and suggestions before I send them home for your review. I will send them home at the end of next week. I will give more instructions later.
Spelling Inventory: I gave the students a spelling inventory test to see what skills they have and need to improve. Once I have them scored, I will send a copy home with suggestions for your home learning. We will begin our PHONICS/Word Study of prefixes this week.
Handwriting Without Tears (HWT): The students learned how using "Magic C" helps to form other letters: c, a, d, g Now, the students began learning about letters that go up like a helicopter: h, t
Mindfulness: Students have been thinking about acts of kindness and applying forgiveness to make ourselves feel better. During our Mindfulness time, students have time to write in their journal about the different topics practiced during Mindfulness. You can remind students that they can take a Mindful Minute at home as well to calm their bodies and mind, and write in their journal about the situation happening.
Project: We have been learning about the 3 Branches of Government by applying them into our own class. Each cohort is part of The Legislative Branch-"Congress:" M/Th-House of Representatives and T/F-Senate. Each cohort was given the opportunity to create 5 bills that need to be passed into law. Once written, each bill needed to be approved by the other part of Congress. Some of the students bills had to be revised or changed before both Houses would pass the bills. Now, students need to send the bills to the "Executive Branch-Michelle" to be approved or vetoed to become laws of Core 3. Once approved, "The Judiciary Branch-Supreme Court: Megan, myself, and other staff" will enforce these laws. Next week, we will introduce the Big Idea of our project.
Have a fun week of learning. Don't forget to check out the Forum under Parent Resources to read/post about projects you and others are doing at home.
Julie Covey created this great document to help navigate the Forum: