Happy New Year!!!
During our first few weeks back, we will talk a bit about New Year's Resolutions. The children will take time to reflect on their hopes and dreams from the beginning of the year and decide whether they want to make a change. We will revisit routines and expectations and continue to work on building our community in accordance with Quaker values.
Measurement, Multiplication and Division
What is repeated addition? Multiplication!! In January, we will introduce multiplication to the children. We will start with 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables by adding equal groups of items. Logically, division will be introduced as well by taking items and grouping them into equal groups. As with all units we will continue to use model drawing to solve word problems.
Biographies and Autobiographies
Through January, we will also continue to review skills such as retelling, reading fluently, reading for comprehension (including cross-checking), and recognizing and understanding an author's intent and craft.
Writing for Readers
Another goal this month is to begin exploring steps and strategies of the self and peer editing processes. We will work on recognizing mistakes in grammar, punctuation, organization and missing details in our writing and each others writing, in order to focus on ways we can improve our final products.
Civil Rights and our continued Continent Study
We will spend time this month discussing the civil rights movement, including watching films and engaging in discussions and activities about Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, and other civil rights leaders. We will take time to value their contributions to our society, and focus ways that we can influence and create positive changes in our community today.
Later this month, we will continue to locate, label and learn about more countries in Europe. Eventually, we will focus mainly on England. As we zoom in on England, its unique location in relation to the rest of Europe, its culture and some of its history.