First of all, we would like to thank you for your kind Christmas wishes, generous “Gift of reading” cards and thoughtful gifts. We were very touched.
December was a very busy month in our classroom as we entered Advent. We discussed Advent, read the Christmas story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus and sequenced the Christmas story. We practised writing the theme words through “Write the Room” activities or making booklets. Students also continue to practise tracking the words as they are reading their words/stories to their friends.
We have been lighting our Advent candles each week and placing a new illustrated sticker on our Advent calendar every day. Our class helped to spread Christmas cheer to seniors in Richmond by making Christmas cards.
When reading stories we are making predictions and learning to make connections to our experiences or make connections to other stories. In our journals we continue to listen for the first sounds (or other sounds) and then convert them into letters (JK) and try to write a sentence about our pictures (SK). We are working on leaving spaces between words.
In Math we are working on understanding the concept of numbers 1 -5 (JK) and 1-10 (SK). We are learning to represent numbers in many different ways (numbers, pictures, tallies, ten- frames, etc.) We learned that estimating means “guessing” and we estimated a variety of smaller or larger objects in containers. We are getting better in our estimations! SK students are beginning to create number stories for numbers to 10 using cubes or manipulatives.
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We would like to wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!