I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the Parish Barbecue. It is always a fun event. We resume a more normal scheduel now and will have fewer days off. Our next spelling, vocabulary and comprehension tests will be on Friday, September 21. Last week’s math test will be included in your Friday folder this week. As a whole the class did pretty well. One thing you can be doing at home to help your child is to ensure that they do at least 5 minutes of Moby Max fact fluency practice daily as well as any other means of reinforcing this skill. I am still seeing some students using fingers to count. In order to move on to multiplication, students must first master their addition/subtraction facts by memory. I recommend knowing the facts up to 20.
Our story this week is Destiny’s Gift, which suggests to kids that they get involved to be a part of the change they want to see in the world through volunteerism. Our grammar focus is compound sentences. We are also working on story mapping, finding the key elements in a story and finding character motivation.
In math we will start chapter 2 which includes the properties of addition and subraction, estimating sums and differences, and using mental math to solve equations.
We will also study the life of Saint Gregory the Great this week. This coincides with our theme of volunteerism, as does our first social studies unit on community building.
We are still working on community building in our classroom and are doing some character trait lessons to encourage friendship, helpfulness, and appreciating the opinions of others. This enhances our Ambassador for Christ character trait of the month, Friendship.