Room 18 News

13 November 2015

UpComing Dates

23-27 November No School Thanksgiving Break
18 December Second Quarter Ends
21 December- 3 January Winter Break
4 January- School Resumes

Our Week

Dear Families,

We’ve begun learning about the Pilgrims and the events that took place in the early 1600’s. We have been using maps and globes to find England, Holland and North America and tracing the route the Pilgrims traveled. We’re learning about the difference between a continent and country. We’ve talked about how pilgrims are people who go on a long journey often for religious reasons. We read about how the Pilgrims didn’t want to go to King James’s church and so were called separatist. We have read many different books which dealt with the Pilgrims’ journey to America. We made a snappy trifold diorama of the Old and New Worlds. We pretended we were Pilgrims and took turns to list arguments for staying in Europe and arguments for going to North America. We made a paper trunk and picked the items we thought we’d like to take with us on a long voyage to a new place. We are currently reading If I Sailed on the Mayflower. We’ve read about the Speedwell and the Mayflower. Topics such as food, living quarters on the ship, lack of technology, indoor plumbing and safety have been quite interesting.

In Math, we are learning about measurement. We began with non-standard units such as digits, yard (length from nose to fingertip) hands, feet, steps and cubits (length from elbow to fingertip). We found objects around the room to measure with different body parts. We’ve been talking about picking the appropriate measure for a job and discovered things like it’s not easy to measure the width of the room in digits! We talked about how one might choose a good measure for a distance and why it would work. Then, expanding on our discussions of comparative values, we went on a hunt around the room to find things that were taller than us, shorter than us and about the same size. We’ve begun measuring things in the standard units of inches and centimeters. We continue to work on telling time, some of us are working on telling time to the hour and half hour, some are working on telling time in five and one minute increments.

And finally, just a reminder that, short of the danger of frostbite, we do go outside for recess. Please make sure that your child has clothing appropriate for the weather. I would strongly encourage you to “monogram” with a sharpie all of your child’s belongings with their name or initials. Our lost and found is growing by leaps and bounds.

Have a great weekend!

Laura B.

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Activities to Support Your Child's Learning at Home

  • Have your child help you make a grocery list. Then, have your child help you read the list at the store.
  • Have your child make a photo album and write captions for the pictures.
  • Encourage your child to write thank-you notes after receiving gifts or going to parties.
  • Have your child text or email a family member or friend.
  • Have your child make their own greeting cards or write a letter to a friend or family member.
  • Develop a family newsletter to send to friends and relatives. Have your child write a section about what s/he feels has been exciting.
  • Write notes to your child. Send on in his/her lunch or backpack with a favorite saying or sticker.
  • Encourage your child to keep a personal journal.
  • Record your child's voice or make a video of him/her reading or telling a story so they can listen to them over and over.
  • Draw and write about favorite books.
  • Make books.
  • Label toy boxes and other items in their room with the correct spelling.
  • Make a vacation or trip log. Encourage them to read and share their log with family and friends.
  • Cooking- Encourage your child to help you in the kitchen.
  • Make a scavenger hunt. Write simple clues to find a hidden object in the house. Each clue should lead to another clue. the last clue could lead to a small surprise. Great game for rainy or cold days.
  • Make a list of things for your child to do. go over the list with your child. This is a good check off list for chores or things your child needs to do while getting ready for school in the morning.
  • Go to the Public Library. In addition to checking out books for home, they also have special programs, activities and storytellers.
  • Encourage their natural curiosity. Keep track of good questions they ask and help them find the answers. for example if they ask why cows lay down in a field or how peanut butter ismade, help them look it up and find out. After you have discussed it, your could encourage them to draw a picture and write about it or make their own book. do as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Try not to go past what is enjoyable.
  • Practice counting things by 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s when walking, making cookies, setting the table, putting things in the grocery cart, etc.
  • find shapes in nature as your walk and drive around town.
  • Ask what time it is and have them use an analog clock. Ask what time it will be in an hour, half hour or 15 minutes. Ask how long you will be at someone's house if you get their at 1:00 and leave at 3:00.
  • ask them math questions as they come up in daily life.
  • Read together!
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