First off I wanted to wish all you marvellous moms a Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you all have a fabulous day in a way that is most special to you! I always like to take the time on Mother’s Day to thank all the moms out there for all they do! Of course there is my own mom, whom I won’t get to see until next weekend. Then there is my sister, my grandmother and aunts and close friends. But…I’m also so fortunate to have a whole set of colleagues that are there to act like moms to me and the students, when our mom can’t be there! I get advice, homemade food and treats, invitations to spend time at their houses, and tips on how to remove a pesky stain! They say it takes a village to raise a child…that seems to be true even when the child is a grown up! So thanks to everyone out there who acts like a mom. May this day be special to all of you!
What Took Place Last Week:
-We continued working in math groups with 122 and 126. One day per cycle we are working with the same groups as we did from the our last common learning cycle. We will continue to work on fractions, place value, representing numbers, rote counting and other skills that need a little extra practice
-We spent lots of time outside and have really tried to soak up the spring weather! Please have your child ready to spend time outside each day as we will be working outdoors any chance we can. It’s easy to pick up our read aloud book and listen outside, or take 10 minutes for a movement break, or a walk to help clear our heads or do mindfulness while the warm sun and light breeze touches our skin. We are so fortunate to have this green space around us and we intend on using it as much as possible!
-We did a fun 75 minute outdoor activity with 122 on Friday. In groups of 4 the students had to read through a set of simple instructions and complete tasks such as gesture drawings, estimating steps for a distance across the field then finding the actual number of steps it took, writing poetry, measuring objects found in the schoolyard, looking for or creating arrays, figuring out a yoga sequence to do, etc. The weather perfect day for the task and things went really well. *You may have seen the Manitoba birthday post on Seesaw! The most challenging part of the whole activity was reading and following the instructions independently. This should not have been an issue as the instructions were quite simple. We will continue to work on developing this skill as it happens on a regular basis in the class. For example: A student will say I don’t know how to do this and when asked if they read the question/example/instructions the answer is most often no. I think it has to do with having so many things happen instantly for us. We expect an answer immediately because we are so used to the immediate response we get from technology. If you have a chance at home, try writing out some instructions and see how your child follows them. Of course, there may be questions that haven’t been addressed in the instructions. Then it’s a perfectly acceptable time to ask further questions, but not when the instructions are clearly stated. It’s easier for us (as in all people) to have someone tell us what to do instead of reading through the requirements, but what happens if we don’t develop this skill?!
-If you loved your card you have Ginny to thank! She helped the kids make them…as she is the best card maker in town 😉
What’s Happening This Week:
-Monday is a Murray Day! I’m doing a forest exploration with the 1/2 classes. He plans on doing Genius Hour and starting some research for our country study!
-We have decided to go back to our morning edits! I will write up a short paragraph and fill it with the types of errors we commonly forget to edit in our work (but know how to do when asked the rules of conventions). I encourage you to do these at home as extra practice too!
-We have some major reading to do in Front Desk! We need to finish it in an amount of time that will allow us to read one more book! Natalie Lloyd, author of The Problem Children, A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary has written a new book. It’s called Over the Moon. I have it a home now and will give it a pre-read to make sure it’s age appropriate, but the consensus is that the class would like to read it before June 28!!
-We will continue to work through some division and make the connections to multiplication, subtraction and fractions. The students who have recall of their multiplication facts are finding division to be much easier than they thought!
-It will be a fairly ‘regular’ week, which is nice as things have been so busy lately!
Have a wonderful Sunday celebrating all the moms out there! Take a second to wish Manitoba a 149th birthday and thank it for being our home!
P.S. Hudson wanted to share that she was photographed at the Andrew Dunn walk in Oakbank. She loves a good walk for a good charity!
Until Next Time,