Sunday, December 9, 2018

Week of December 10th

Happy Monday! Two more full week of school before Christmas break. The children are getting anxious, as we prepare for Jesus' birth! 
To get in the spirit, we were able to read Christmas stories to our preschool reading buddies last week...
Did you hear about the "Hour of Code?" 
If not, ask your second grader about how they dabbled with coding last week!
Wow! Many of them know way more than I do! 
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION 
This week we'll continue to read about the story of Jesus' birth. As we read, we'll discuss how we think the different characters were feeling and carry on the topic of "making inferences" as we read different perspectives of the Christmas story from The Bible. 
PHONICS and SPELLING 
The spelling rule this week is "bossy R." These r-controlled words have the "ar" and "or" spelling patterns. 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
Inferring is kind of like the big umbrella and predicting fits neatly under it. But what’s the difference between them? We'll be investigating the two this week... Predicting is when you use your schema + clues the author gives you to make an “educated” guess. A prediction can usually be confirmed or denied through further reading. Making inferences also requires your schema + clues the author gives you to make a guess, but inferences are not clearly confirmed or denied through reading. Wow! We'll be working hard!

GRAMMAR and WRITING
Our targeted grammar skill will challenge second graders to identify linking verbs and helping verbs this week.

In their own writing, second graders will continue to work diligently as they consider their audience and work on engaging them with descriptions, interesting facts, or an enticing lead. Students will also be using their Google accounts to safely search for images that correspond to their nonfiction writing pieces. I have mentioned to the kiddos that they can always use their google account at home too! Therefore, here are some steps for finding more images at home... This is completely optional and while children search images, it's always smart to monitor the search by an adult.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHQQP5DejtY&authuser=0 - in depth tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J6NTA0-Yig&authuser=0 - quick tutorial 

This week's NEWS and NOTES
  • Week of December 17th - 2nd Change Challenge Collection 
    •  Last month we collected about $110.00 dollars! What a great start to our $250 goal!
  • December 17th - CCLS Advent Service 6:30pm  
  • December Reading Logs Due December 21st
  • December 21st - Class Christmas Party!   
  • December 21st - End of 2nd Quarter - Christmas breaks begins
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Week of December 3rd

Last week was a great week. It was so refreshing to dive back into our routines. 
Hopefully you heard, or maybe even saw, our class book arrived!! These second graders were thrilled to have their OWN PUBLISHED book! Wow! What an accomplishment!
CHEERS to trying egg nog! 
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... What a wonderful time of year!
Come check out our hallway and what we learned and created last week...

Here's what's going on this week...

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT
Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation, a time of celebration of Jesus’ coming.
Just like a mom and dad have to prepare for a baby that’s on the way, or a host has to prepare to throw a party, we ask God to prepare our hearts for the birth of His son, Jesus. 

PHONICS and SPELLING 
The spelling rule this week is three consonant blends. (For example: scr, str, spr, squ). 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES
We can teach inferring for a variety of purposes. Children can infer how a character feels, about why a character behaves a certain way, or even the theme of a book. This week we'll continue to practice this higher level reading skill of making inferences. 

We've also been practicing fluency with various readers theaters AND the green screen... 

GRAMMAR and WRITING 
In grammar we continue our focus on verbs. This week we will zone into changing a verb based on its tense (past, present, or future). Your children are doing their best using all the phonics, spelling, and grammar rules they know to apply this skill in their writing!

In writing, the kids will keep working on their nonfiction pieces. Have you asked your child about what topics they have chosen to write about yet?

This week's NEWS and NOTES
  • December 3rd (TODAY) - Afternoon field trip to Laclede Groves
  • December 6th (12:30 - 1:00) - Santa's Workshop 
  • Week of December 17th - 2nd Change Challenge Collection 
  • December 17th - CCLS Advent Service 6:30
  • December Reading Logs Due December 21st 
  • December 21st - End of 1st quarter - Christmas Breaks begins
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Week of November 26th

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying family over the break. Can you believe that Christmas break is only four weeks away? This year is going by so quickly. I'm proud of all the learning happening EVERY DAY in our class! Thanks so much for sharing your children with me!  Here's what's in store for the week... 

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT
This week we will read from Exodus about the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. We'll revisit the virtue of COURAGE. Courage is God's power for you to overcome fear. Our "Big question" is - How can God help you stay strong and have courage even when you are afraid?

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES
As we continue to learn about "good reading habits," we will begin to explore making inferences. Making inferences can be a challenging skill... it requires students to read between the lines, to dig deeper and to find out the answer to the question, “What is the author really trying to say?" 
PHONICS and SPELLING
This week's spelling rule is common consonant digraphs - blends such as sh, ch, wh, th. 

GRAMMAR and WRITING 
We are launching a new writing genre in writer's workshop - nonfiction! Your second graders will begin by learning from other nonfiction authors and expand their ideas to teach readers lots of information. As we investigate texts and edit our own writing this week, the grammar focus will be on verbs. 

This week's NEWS and NOTES
  • FIRST Change Challenge Collection this week!
  • November 28th - Afternoon field trip to Global Foods 
  • November 30th - November Reading Logs Due
  • December 3rd - Afternoon field trip to Laclede Groves
  • December 17th - CCLS Advent Service
  • December 21st - End of 2nd Quarter - Christmas Breaks begins
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Week of November 12th

Happy (belated) Veteran's Day to all who have served, or are currently serving our county. 
The kiddos really enjoyed leaning about Veteran's Day last week. 
Your children are almost official authors! Our class book was sent to Student Treasures Publishing Company last week! If you ordered one, it should arrive just before Christmas break. What a wonderful Christmas present! 

This Week's Objectives:
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT 
As we read more about the Passover we'll discuss JUSTICE. We define JUSTICE as God's power for you to do what is right according to His word. The "Big Question" we will discuss is - How are you delivered from being a slave to sin? 

PHONICS and SPELLING
The "rule" this week is all the different "long i" spelling patterns. (igh, i_e, ie, y, i) 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
Your second graders are going to have an exciting week of exploring the similarities and differences between themselves and a Pilgrim boy or Pilgrim girl their age! We'll read "A Day in the Life of..." and work on comparing and contrasting! 

There continues to be a lot of great things happening in Reader's Workshop!
  NEWS and NOTES
  • Operation Christmas Child Boxes - Due this Wednesday 
  • November 18th - CCLS Sunday at Webster
  • November 19th-23rd NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30th - November Reading Logs Due 
  • December 6th-7th- Santa's Workshop 
  • December 17th - CCLS Advent Service 6:30pm
  • December 21st - End of 2nd Quarter 
  • December 24th - Christmas Break  

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Week of November 5th

Did you hear about our "change challenge?" 
The kiddos are pretty stoked to practice self-sacrifice - and do extra chores around the house - to earn extra money for their CCLS-U sponsor students! 
Our first collection date is November 27th, but your child can bring in their jar anytime!

 We had another great experience with our preschool reading buddies last week...

This week's objectives: 
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT
We will revisit the virtue RESPECT. We define RESPECT as God's power for you to honor Him and others. We will read more from Exodus about Moses, Pharaoh, and the plagues. As we discuss, we will ask ourselves this "big question" - Why should I choose to RESPECT God above everyone else?

PHONICS and SPELLING
The rule this week is all the different "long e" spelling patterns.

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
Students will continue to work on visualizing to help comprehend the text. We are also learning about "activating schema" to prepare us for reading... They discovered that we all have a filing cabinet in our brain! 😊 I hope you can encourage your child to use these strategies at home too! 
GRAMMAR and WRITING 
Grammar skills will target the apostrophe again, but this week, we'll see it in contractions. So much grammar to learn in our crazy English language! We always practice applying spelling and grammar skills in our writing, particularly this week as students finish their "Thanksgiving paragraphs." 

These paragraphs will be sent to Student Treasures Publishing Company to be published as a hardcover class book! Let me know if you have any questions about the note that went home regarding purchasing a copy of this book for your family!

NEWS and NOTES
  • November 18th - CCLS Sunday at Webster
  • November 19th-23rd NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30th - November Reading Logs Due
  • December 17th - CCLS Advent Service
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WEEK!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week of October 29th

I want to thank you all so very much for arranging your schedules so that we could have such successful conferences. I just LOVED watching your children take initiative and talk to you about their life at school. I also thoroughly enjoyed being able to have some one-on-one time with just you.  If you ever have ANY questions, I'm always happy to help! 
We are a TEAM! 

Also, thanks for another AMAZING birthday celebration! 
Mrs. Leet loved sharing her special day with John!


CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT 
This week we will revisit the virtue of INTEGRITY as we discuss Moses' difficulties with Pharaoh as he worked to follow God's plan. We define integrity as God's power for you to do the right thing. Our "Big Question" is - How can you follow God's instructions when you're pressured to live by someone else's?

PHONICS and GRAMMAR
As students work with words and spelling patterns this week, they'll focus on the long O sound, particularly "o", "oa", "ow", and "oe" spelling patterns. And as usual we will also be reviewing commonly misspelled sight words. 

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
What is alliteration? Simply solicit a second grade student for the solution! While our reading target is still "visualizing", we'll be using poetry (with alliteration) to go beyond the text as we think about what we are reading! 

GRAMMAR and WRITING 
Wasn't it fun to hear your child's "published piece" of writing? Well, this week we are going to learn about writing a paragraph. The paragraphs we write are going to be mailed to a REAL publishing company and turned into a class book! The kiddos are ALREADY excited about this! Stay tuned for information about ordering your own book.

As they write their paragraphs they'll be practicing applying all of their grammar skills, but our focus this week is plural and possessive nouns.


NEWS and NOTES


  • OCTOBER READING LOGS are DUE WEDNESDAY - October 31st 
  • November 18th - CCLS Sunday at Webster Gardens
  • November 19th-23rd - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Week of October 22nd

Last week was a super week!
Thanks for a wonderful Harvest Party! I heard amazing things!
And thanks to those of you that were able to join us on our field trip. 
Listening to the beautiful sounds of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was a treat.



This week's objectives 
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER FORMATION PROJECT 
We will read about how God wanted Moses to save His people. The virtue tied to this lesson is RESPONSIBILITY. We define responsibility as God's power for you to be accountable to Him and others. The "Big Question" is - How can I be ready to trust God and obey Him when He gives me a special job? 

PHONICS and SPELLING
NO SPELLING this week. Enjoy the break (again)!

READING SKILLS and STRATEGIES 
There will be a lot of review next week through an author study with the author/illustrator, Lois Ehlert. She has a very unique style of writing and illustrating. The kiddos are going to love hearing her books and studying her craft! We'll be visualizing with her books, which we practiced last week as well...
GRAMMAR and WRITING 
As you probably guessed we'll be doing some fall writing. As we study Lois Ehlert, we will try illustrating and writing like her. Don't forget to send in "fall items." We will be making our "Leaf Creations" on Tuesday. 

NEWS and NOTES


  • This week - Book Fair at Elementary Campus
    • Breakfast with a Buddy on Wednesday 
  • October 25th Early Dismissal - conferences 
  • October 26th NO SCHOOL - conferences
  • October Reading Logs DUE October 31st 
  • November 18th - CCLS Sunday at Webster Gardens
  • November 19th-23rd - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break