Dear Primary B Families,
This week in Theme students learned about the different types of houses found in and around Philadelphia. We looked at pictures and discussed how certain neighborhoods in Philadelphia are known for certain types of houses. We then applied those ideas to our United City.
First, each neighborhood had to unanimously agree if they were known for a certain type of home or contained different kinds of homes. Citizens were then given guidelines to plan their own homes. They needed to meet the neighborhood standards and have a door and at least one window. After submitting their plans to the “housing authority,” citizens were allowed to begin construction of their homes using poster board, paint, and colored pencils. United City contains condominium complexes, apartments in high rise buildings, twin homes, row-homes, and fully detached homes.
As we have read non-fiction books, our students have heard over and over that we read non-fiction to learn things. In that vein, we discussed strategies to help focus our brains on our topics. Students have learned to ask a question prior to reading and search for the answer as they read. They also learned to reiterate facts as they read them to help keep them in their heads and to more fully understand the ideas from the book.
A reminder about Valentine’s Day: On Tuesday, 2/14, if your child would like to bring in cards, please make sure he or she brings in enough for each child (we have 25 students), and that the cards do not include any sort of toy or candy. We are also encouraging children to bring in the same type of card for everyone. As your children can tell you, there's no such thing as cards "for boys" or "for girls."
This week, ask your child…
- What type of house do we live in?
- What type of house do you live in in United City?
- What is a fact that you can reiterate in your own words?
A Look Ahead:
- Tuesday, 2/14: Valentine’s Day and Talent Show
- Friday, 2/17: No School/Special ASEP
- Monday, 2/20: No School
- Tuesday, 2/21: Reach Out and Read fundraiser ends
- In an effort to be mindful of families' busy schedules, the Primary Unit is changing the date and format of our March learning celebration. 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, 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! If you are unable to stop by during these dates and times, reach out to us and we will find a time that works.
- Friday 3/17: 9:00 a.m., Primary Unit Chorus Performance (Garage)
Enjoy the weekend,
Marisa and Becca