September 28, 2015

The First Graders have begun talking about how God gave us our Five Senses to experience the world in which we live. The First Graders have learned the senses seeing, hearing and smelling gives our brain information to keep us healthy and safe.  We will continue explore our five senses next week through art, science, reading, writing and poetry.

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Using our sense of hearing to identify sounds.

 

Using our sense of smell helps to keep us safe.

Using our sense of smell helps to keep us safe.

Our sense of taste is fun to explore.

Our sense of taste is fun to explore.

Our sense of touch helps us experience the world.

Our sense of touch helps us experience the world.

The biggest news this week in the classroom was that the Pope came to visit the United States! The students participated in #flatfrancis on social media to help welcome Pope Francis to America. Check out our Twitter page! As a class, we watched as Pope Francis’ came out of the plane in Washington DC and was greeted by President Obama. It was an awesome moment of history I was honored to share with the First Graders!

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The First Graders have been thinking about how to find a good idea at Writer’s Workshop. We started by talking about how most writers write about what they know or experience. Each day the students hear stories read out loud. We spend time each time we read to notice characters, setting and author’s intent. We always discuss the idea of the story and think about how we can find ideas for our own writing. As our school year progresses, the students will be building their stamina to writing every day. The students will be sharing their work with each other as well as me. We are definitely in the beginning stages and are working hard.

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The First Graders have been practicing picking out “Just Right” books.  We read Goldilocks and the Three Bears together, and then took the Too Easy, Too Hard and Just Right ideas straight from this classic story.  Each First Grader have been practicing opening a book and reading it.  The students are looking for books that interest them, books with words they can figure out and books about subjects they know something about.  This process takes time to achieve and we are off to a great start.  We will use this process when it comes to choosing books for nightly reading homework which will start in a couple of weeks. Please try to encourage your First Grader to use this system when choosing a book to read with you at Community Read each Friday morning at drop-off to 8:45. We created a reference poster posted in our classroom library to help guide the students.  Thanks for coming to Community Read!

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We got a new rug this week! Thank you to Tom Conway of Patcraft for the generous donation to our classroom! The students were super excited to get the comfy rug and it is a perfect fit for learning. If you need a carpet, I hope you will consider Patcraft!

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Coming up this week, the Madeleine School will be collecting dry and canned goods for St. Vincent de Paul. Please send in your donations sometime before Friday. Food will be collected in the front hall in front of the Prayer Table. Thanks!

Coming up:

Wednesday, September 30th ~ Call to Protect meeting at Madeleine 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 1st ~ First all school Mass at 2:00-3:00 pm. Join us!

Friday, October 2nd ~ Community Read 8:25-8:40 am.

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