Dear Primary B Families,
It's starting to feel like we are getting into the swing of things! We know many families are still adjusting to early morning routines, and we want to remind everyone that our day begins promptly at 8:20 a.m. We encourage families to drop their children off in the yard by 8:15 a.m. so that our students can enter the building together.
This week at The Schuylkill Center we launched our science study of air and weather. We transformed into meteorologists and learned how to use our senses to make observations about the weather. We recorded our observations in our science notebooks using words and pictures. As you can imagine, many children wrote words like "hot" and "sticky" and drew pictures of themselves sweating!
In read-aloud we welcomed teachers from other Primary Unit classrooms to read to our students. It was a nice way for teachers and children to connect across classes.
The first-grade mathematicians have been using number racks (which are abacuses with two rows of ten beads) to better understand how numbers can be broken apart and put together to form different numbers. This is an important prerequisite skill for developing fluency with and understanding of basic addition and subtraction. The second graders began creating "beetle glyphs" to learn how to model and gather data using displays other than numbers. The children must give their beetles specific characteristics to symbolize information about themselves such as their birth month and favorite season. Next week we will organize our beetle glyphs and find similarities and differences within our community.
Here are some weekend conversation starters for you and your children:
- What are scientists who study the weather called?
- What senses can we use to make observations about the weather?
- Who were your guest readers this week?
- 1st Graders: Tell me about your number rack.
- 2nd Graders: Tell me about your beetle glyph.
We're looking forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, October 5. The evening will begin informally at 5:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet and opening remarks in the Garage followed by a presentation in our classroom at 6:40 p.m.
Enjoy (and observe!) the beautiful weather this weekend!
Becca and Marisa