This has been a great first week of school. The students have all been behaving wonderfully and are eager to learn. We have jumped right into our curriculum and have already reviewed several skills. We start each class with a “Mentor” sentence, which leads to our grammar or reading lesson for the day.
This week we introduced and/or reviewed the following skills:
- linking and helping verbs
- subjects and predicates
- possessive nouns
- declarative sentences
- compound sentences and compound predicates
- proper nouns
We also started our “read aloud” novels. A couple of classes are reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, while the other classes are doing So B. It by Sarah Weeks. Both novels are excellent and provide many important learning opportunities. Ask your child to tell you about the story from his/her class.
We have started our reading workshop, as well. Hopefully, we will be able to start our writing workshop next week. I have had the opportunity to have an individual conference with about 98% of the students, and I will have met with everyone by next week.
Please remember that my homework is to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Occasionally, there will be additional homework assignments. Students might need to finish a reading reflection from class, continue to work on a writing assignment at home, or review his/her notes from our daily lesson.
I will be offering “Book Club” starting next week. We will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:45 am in my classroom. On days that we have minyan, we will NOT have book club. Book Club will be a time for quiet reading without distractions. We will celebrate completed novels and share ideas for other books to read.