Primary B Weekly Note

Dear Primary B Families,

Happy May! It's hard to believe we are nearing the homestretch. If your child has a summer birthday and he or she would like to do an in-class celebration, please email us.

Mark your calendars! Our final Learning Celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 25, at The Schuylkill Center. More details to come.

On Tuesday we hosted half of Katie and Rachel's kindergarten class for some "get to know Primary Unit" time. We shared about the differences between kindergarten and Primary Unit, answered questions about our classroom, and did a read aloud of one of our class favorites, Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude. Ask your child to tell you what part of our classroom he or she shared about.

In Math the first graders completed a measurement and comparison activity during which they measured and compared their "wingspans" to those of different bird species. We stretched pieces of yarn from left fingertip to right fingertip and then measured the yarn to determine the length of our wingspans. Ask your child what his or her wingspan was and which bird he or she was most similar to. The second graders have been practicing addition and subtraction with 2-digit (and sometimes 3-digit!) numbers. Recently students have been presented with real-life mathematical situations involving two friends with pocketfuls of coins. Do they have enough money to purchase a particular item? If not, how much more do they need? Who has more and how much more? Try practicing this with your child next time you get some change at the cash register.

This week's science lessons focused on the defining characteristic that makes a bird a bird: FEATHERS! We met with a Schuylkill Center educator named Leigh to examine real feathers and learn neat facts (ask your child how feathers are similar to Velcro!). We continued the feather study in our classroom with an activity about the five main purposes of feathers: flight, insulation, display, camouflage, and waterproofing. We gave groups of students a model of each type of feather, and the children used the characteristics of each one to determine its purpose. See if your child can name the five purposes of feathers and explain how feathers serve those purposes.

Over the past few weeks we have been working on an activity called The Emotional Thermometer. During this exercise, children learn to identify their feelings in certain situations and come up with appropriate ways to react to those feelings. This has inspired several important conversations in our class that we encourage you to continue at home.

Have a nice weekend,

Becca and Jordan