In reading, we are learning to be the boss of our own reading. In adult parlance, this means being able to self-monitor when there is a problem. If there is a problem when reading, students should stop to problem solve. A problem can be a decoding problem or a comprehension problem. We will be reviewing strategies, as well as learning some new ones, that students can use when such a situation occurs.
Regarding math, the detailed Origo (our math publishing company) Module 6 information will go home with the homework on Monday. Students have been working on the concept of two parts and a total making up basic addition and subtraction facts. They use this information to solve simple algebraic problems. For example, if 3+5=8 then 8-_=3?
We sent home the information about our sun, moon, and stars science unit the final day before break. Students will learn about patterns found in nature (day/night, the seasons, the moon's phases, the length of the days changing according to the time of year). If the weather permits, looking at the moon with your child and noticing changes will align with this unit.
I hope everyone had a restful break! If not, perhaps your children getting back into a school routine will provide some relief! When I first started teaching, I was told by a seasoned educator that January brings the magic time in first grade. They begin to mature quite a bit, and they can do so much. Now that I'm a bit seasoned myself, I've found this to be true. This is a magic time of year to be a first grade teacher! Thanks for entrusting me with your students, and I wish you all a happy 2019.