Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Families,

We hope to see you at 9:00 on Tuesday morning, December 15, at the Winter Concert (in the Garage) and, immediately following the concert, at our Learning Celebration (in our classroom). Primary Unit Chorus, Third Grade Chorus, and the Junior String Ensemble will perform at the concert, and parents are welcome to come hear their children celebrate the learning they have done as growing musicians in these ensembles. Concert dress is solid red on top and solid black on the bottom. TPS t-shirts are just fine, but no sweatshirts--it will be too warm on the risers.

Here’s how you can participate in the Learning Celebration:

Ask specific questions about your child’s work and learning:

  • “What did you learn when you did this work?
  • "Do you think you need more practice in this?”

Give positive feedback:

  • “I’m really proud of the work that you have shown me/us.”
  • “I can see that you are getting better at…”
  • “I can see that you tried really hard.”
  • “I can really see the growth in…”
  • “I didn’t know you could…”
  • Help your child to formulate goals:
  • “What will you work on next?”
  • “What are you most proud of this year?”
  • “What has been hard or challenging for you?”
  • “How can I help you?”

Let us know if you have questions about these upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you soon.

This week, ask me...

...about my trip to The Academy of Natural Sciences. What is a fossil? What do I need to take with me on a fossil dig? Also, ask me about my fossil dig, what I learned about bones and how they can become fossils. What type of rocks are fossils found in? What does it mean when something has fossilized?

...what are the big topics we learned about in our rock study. What rock related topic am I doing a project about? Am I working by myself or with partner(s)?

...what the difference is between fiction and nonfiction. What are some characteristics of each? What do authors do to the pictures in nonfiction? Why are some words bolded in nonfiction?

...What is a fact family? What do I think the pattern will be for the December calendar? How can using doubles facts make adding number easier? (gr.1 math)

…to practice counting on and back by 10s starting from various numbers between 100 and 1000. Also, ask me what strategies I’m using to add two two-digit numbers. (gr. 2 math)

…to notice in books I’m reading at home words that end with double consonants ff, ll, ss, and zz. (gr.1 Fundations)

…what closed syllables are. What are the closed syllable exceptions? Why are these syllables exceptions to the rule? (gr.2 Fundations)

Best,

Bernadette and Jane