Primary A Weekly Notes

Dear Primary A Families,

This week started with a special guest teacher, our nurse Sara.  Sara taught a lesson about First Aid.  She began with activating prior knowledge about the two words, first and aid. Sara then explained the seven main steps to any first aid situation: Stay calm, Safety first, Know your surroundings, What’s wrong?, Call for help, Comfort, and Early intervention.  Ask your child about these seven steps for helping someone who is ill or had an accident.  After a short discussion about the main steps, Primary A students had a chance to apply what they learned by performing two short skits. They truly enjoyed the drama portion of the lesson, and it was clear how much they learned from just one lesson.  We would like to thank Nurse Sara for taking time out of her busy schedule to come and share her expertise about first aid. It was a great lesson!

This week in language arts we focused on independent and small group reading.  It is amazing to watch how much stamina Primary A students have built since the beginning of the school year. As we read to ourselves, we continued to use all the C-A-F-E  (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary) strategies we are learning during reading lessons and small group meetings. This class loves books and enjoys reading! We continue to tell the students that in order to grow as a reader we have to read more!  Please remember to read with your child at home and have discussions about the books.

We also have taken to writing poetry with great enthusiasm. We have learned about the form of poetry called an ode. Odes speak directly to the subject often conveying affection, although an ode could be written that conveys a different emotion. Subjects could be ordinary places, people or things, but these things are lifted up to importance by writing about them. Like all poetry they include descriptive and figurative language. We wrote glorious odes to our subjects of science study, writing to toads, frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, and ponds. We skillfully incorporated our new science learning into our odes.

The Schuylkill Center Learning Celebration is next Wednesday!  We will gather at The Center at 11:00 a.m. and depart at 1:30 p.m. There is limited parking at The Center, so we encourage you to carpool with each other. Primary teachers will be stationed around The Schuylkill Center in order to get you to where you need to be when you arrive. Please email us by early Tuesday morning if you will not be joining us so we can be sure to have your child paired with a friend. Please look for a more detailed email coming soon.

This week, ask me:

  • about the amazing 3-A play we attended on Thursday afternoon. What did I learn? What was my favorite part?
  • about what I am reading independently.  What reading strategies do I use as I read? 
  • about our trip to The Academy of Natural Sciences.  What did I learn at the live animal show?  What was the Chorus of Colors all about?
  • how to share a pizza with 2, 3, or 4 people. What is a fraction?  Ask me about shape attributes, 2-D and 3-D. (Gr. 1)
  • how to estimate larger numbers by grouping into 10s and 100s, and how to consider the scope of the number 1,000. (Gr. 2)

Things to Know:

The rain date for the Schuylkill Center Learning Celebration will be on May 31 at the same time.

If your child has a summer birthday and he or she would like to do an in-class birthday celebration, please email us to schedule a time.

Primary Unit teachers will be out in the yard on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 - 8:15, so if you would like to say hi, or need to check in with us about anything, you are welcomed to do so at this time.

In partnership,

Bernadette and Cinda