A RECAP OF OUR WEEK & A GLIMPSE AT NEXT WEEK
This week’s Spelling words contained short e. We also focused on beginning blends. We used Phonics skills to understand that the two consonant letters at the beginning of words such as stop, grip, flap, etc. are “blended” together. Comprehension focused on Realism vs. Fantasy. Grammar was all about Telling Sentences. Quite simply, telling sentences are statements that begin with a capital letter and end with a period. (They also have a naming part and an action part.) Our High-Frequency Words included saw, small, tree, your.
We also tested our phonics abilities by sorting Johnny Appleseed word cards into two categories – either real words or nonsense words. (Decoding nonsense words helps student further enforce their reading skills. Good readers examine every letter and analyze every word. When a word is used in the context of a sentence, students do not necessarily need to use the letters to do the decoding. With nonsense words, however, they must do just that. This is important for reading longer, multi-syllabic words later on.)
Spelling/Phonics – short u and final blends
Comprehension – Cause & Effect
Grammar – Asking Sentences (or Questions)
High-Frequency Words – home, into, many, them
The second chapter in our Math series focuses on Subtraction. Unlike Addition Concepts that require putting two parts together to find the whole, Subtraction starts with the whole and then takes a part away. (This is where the Part-Part-Whole diagrams will really come in handy for many children!) When underlying addition skills are strong, understanding the concept of subtraction comes more naturally and can be more easily conceptualized.
We also did some graphing with the apples that were brought in. (Thank you for all of the various delicious apples!) After tasting red, green, and yellow apples, the students graphed their favorites. We then recorded our findings.
We will continue working on subtraction concepts and subtraction vocabulary (subtract, minus sign, subtraction number sentence, difference).
Social Studies and Science – We spent the week engaging in many different activities centered around Johnny Appleseed. We looked at a map and found states where he planted apple seeds, including Illinois where we live! We cooked the apples to create applesauce. We used our senses to describe how the applesauce looked, tasted, felt, smelled, and even sounded.
During Religion over the past week, we’ve been talking about the Bible or “God’s Word”.
Our class will host Prayer Service for grades K,1,2,and 3 on Friday morning. We will also continue talking about God’s Word and how we can put it into action in our own lives.
* Look for the Johnny Appleseed activities that we did over the course of this week to come home in your child’s Johnny Appleseed Folder on Monday of next week.