Primary C Weekly Note

Dear Primary C Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope your families had a restful time away from school. Thanks again for joining us for our chorus concert and learning celebration, and for taking the time to come and meet with us for parent-teacher conferences. We always enjoy the opportunity to celebrate your children’s growth and efforts with you!

On our first trip back to the Schuylkill Center on Wednesday, we reacquainted ourselves with one of our favorite places, the Pine Plantation. After a review of boundaries and a discussion of ways to be safe and respectful in our outdoor classroom, we jumped right into play time, followed by a chilly picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we gathered as a group to launch our spring science study: birds! Children shared some of their prior knowledge about birds and some of their questions about this group of animals. They then recorded their thoughts and wonderings in their science notebooks using words and pictures. Upon returning to TPS, we began “mapping” these ideas on a large chart on our whiteboard. Please come by the classroom to check out some of our initial thinking about birds!

In addition to the Schuylkill Center, we have some other “outdoor classroom” trips planned during our bird study. The dates are listed below. We would love to have parent chaperones join us for these trips. Please let us know if you are interested!

  • Wednesday, April 20: Bartram’s Garden
  • Wednesday, May 4: John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinnicum
  • Wednesday, June 1: John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinnicum (tentative)

The classroom has also been buzzing with excitement (and giggles) as we have begun writing fiction stories during Reading Writing Workshop. Primary C authors have been inventing pretend characters and imagining all kinds of adventures for them. Moving forward, we will be helping each writer focus on developing realistic plots before adding elements of fantasy. This is one way to strengthen students’ use of descriptive language, dialogue, and other details in their writing. We look forward to sharing more about this process as it unfolds!

Here are some questions to ask your child about our week together:

  • Who is/are the character(s) in your first fiction story? What adventures do they have?
  • What are some facts you think you already know about birds? What questions do you have about birds?
  • What has been happening so far in The Trumpet of the Swan? What predictions do you have for what will happen next?
  • What have you been working on in your Fundations and math groups?
  • What was your favorite part of spending the day with your Family Circle? What did you see or discover at the Art Museum?

Have a great spring weekend!

Kaitlin and Jennifer