Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

Our week may have been one day short, but it was bursting with exciting learning and fun activities!  Valentine’s Day was a special day of giving and receiving caring messages from friends. The students were so happy to get cards, pencils, and little items from their teachers and peers.  They filled the heart pouches they made with all their wishes for a happy Valentine’s Day.  This day was also marked on the calendars as amazing because we had our annual talent show.  There were a few performers from Primary A who shared their wonderful talents.  The show was a mix of singers, dancers, card players, football players, joke tellers, and drum players, to name a few.  It goes without saying, this is one of the best days at TPS! 

In writing, we took time to focus on nonfiction books in our classroom library.  In small groups, we went through bins of books to sort them.  The students used their prior knowledge of topics to make categories that made sense to them.  We later came back together to discuss the ways the topics related to each other, so that we could combine smaller topics into larger categories.  Some examples of the categories we came up with were creatures, places, weather, and food.  Students are now going to pick a topic to write a teaching book about. 

Our neighborhood study this week started with us thinking about those important cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west.  We used the directions to answer questions that had us traveling on a bus to school. Students used the compass rose to explain which direction to take in order to get to the school building on the neighborhood map. As we moved into thinking about our neighborhood city, we began using stickie notes to place the resources or items we chose for each of our sections on a large piece of paper.  Then the real fun began, when we had to consider where these resources should be placed in order to be beneficial to our entire city.  Primary A students were learning how to compromise for the greater good.  We also watched as some students used their voices to advocate for why their neighborhood did not want to give up a certain resource.  As we continue this important work of helping students understand the complex aspects of neighborhoods, we will continue to help them make connections and stretch their thinking about resources and the importance of access to them.

This week, ask me:

… What’s Pippi up to in our amazing read aloud, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren?  

… What am I reading? What strategies am I using during independent reading? What am I learning in my small reading group?

...What resources did my group think were important to our neighborhood? How did we compromise during our neighborhood study? 

.... Which talent show performances did I enjoy? 

Things to Know:

2/21:  Reach Out and Read will be coming to an end on February 21, so please be sure to get your money and forms in before the due date.

Rather than having a one-day event, we will be holding "open houses" in our classrooms on Monday, 3/13, Tuesday, 3/14, and Wednesday, 3/15, from 7:55 - 8:15 a.m. You do not need to sign up for a particular date or even let us know when you're coming -- just show up with your child, and he or she will take care of the rest!

The Primary Unit Chorus will still be performing on Friday, 3/17, at 9:00 a.m., but we will not be inviting families to visit our classrooms before or after the concert. 

Enjoy the longer weekend,

Bernadette and Cinda