Dear families, Sept. 9, 2011
Every day our routine becomes more…routine. The transitions that once made everyone confused and filled with anxiety are now becoming automatic. These children learn remarkably quickly.
This week, we began our language arts routine. Some of the kids are working with Mrs. Shaw in “Letterland.” The others are with Mrs. Wold in “Guided Reading.” Your child should know which they are in, so please ask them. In the next couple weeks, we’ll post articles explaining how each group works.
In Social Studies, we have been learning about “communities.” We have read a lot of books that feature different kinds of communities. We have also talked about different communities that we are part of (school, sports team, church group, etc.) This topic is an introduction to a special community from long ago that we will study for most of the year. Can you guess what it is?
It was so fun to see many of you at Open House. The kids looked really proud as they showed you around the classroom. Conference sign-ups began during Open House, which means there are now fewer time-slots to choose from. If you haven’t signed up yet, please stop by and choose a time-slot from those still left (sign-up sheets are on the big counter). Next week, we will send out a form showing which times are still available.
We are fortunate to have a lovely room with plenty of entertaining items. This means the children do not need to bring any toys from home. If a child has a toy from home at school, we typically take it, put it in a safe place and tell them their parent will have to come pick it up.
Overheard in the Trillium Room:
Teacher: “How high do you think you can count?”
Child: “About this high” (holding hand way above head)
Teacher: “What number comes after 87?”
Child: “Whoa! Now that’s hitting my brain pretty hard!”
Every month we memorize 2 poems in class. Here is one of the September poems:
“When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown –
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.
When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear –
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here.”
– Beverly Ashour, September