Working hard in 1st Grade!!
September 25 ~ No School - Diocesan Ministry Day
September 26 ~ MAPS Testing Day
September 29 ~ Mass at St. Michael's, Buckman
October 3 ~ Picture Day
October 11 ~ Field Trip: Pierz Fire Station
October 13 ~ No School - Teacher Workshop
October 16 ~ Field Trip: Pumpkin Patch
We continued our unit on "Air and Weather." This week our focus question was this: "What happens when air is pushed into a smaller space?" We received a syringe and a small flexible tubing and went to work! Pushing and pulling, pulling and pushing...until finally...POP! We discovered how compressed air creates pressure and how eventually that pressure is released into a funny popping sound. Who knew learning could be so fun!!!
This week we identified problems and conflicts in our every day lives. We began the discussion of how our words and actions affect others. Next week will go deeper and examine how we can (by our words and actions) make a situation better or make a situation worse.
We began our first unit: "Rules and Laws." We focused on some key vocabulary words and some basic information of why we should follow rules and laws (to keep us safe). We also created a list of rules to help keep us safe in our 1st grade classroom.
We spent the week learning about God's creation. We read Genesis 1:1-31 from the bible and had a discussion. We began to realize that God's goodness is all around us. We took a walk outside and saw the world as God did for perhaps the first time ever. We noticed all the little sounds and beautiful creatures that God created for us. We saw the grass and the trees and the sun and the sky in a whole new light! We took the time to name these items and to thank God. Here are some examples: "Tress. Trees are good. Thank you God." "Birds. Birds are good. Thank you God." "Water. Water is good. Thank you God."
MAP Achievement Testing
Our testing has begun. Please make sure that your child has a good night sleep and eats a healthy breakfast in the morning of their test. This will help to ensure that they are capable to do their very best work! We will test again on:
Tuesday, September 26th
If you are thinking about volunteering (or chaperoning a field trip) with us during this school year you will need to complete the appropriately paperwork and training videos before the end of the month. Only people who have completed this will be allowed to volunteer and attend field trips with us. We hope you take a few minutes to do so! Please contact the office for additional information.
We continued to review the many skills we learned previously in Kindergarten. This is in part to recall previous knowledge and to help the children feel comfortable and confident in their new classroom. Below are the skills we reviewed this week.
Phonics: letter sounds - g, w, j, v, x, qu, y, z and short u, e. We continued practicing rhyming words and segmenting words into syllables.
Comprehension: We read the story Sassafrass and learned that we are each unique and special because that is the way that God made us! We also learned that everything God made was good!
Writing: We began writing a rough draft story about our families.
Unit 1: Counting