God bless you this Holy Week! I hope you will get to set some time aside to pray this week. We have a beautiful Holy Thursday and Good Friday service at 7pm this week. I highly recommend bringing your child to one or both! We will be spending time this week praying and reflecting on Jesus’ Passion. We will make a timeline of Jesus’ life, write about each holy day and attend a special Stations of the Cross on Friday, led by the 8th graders.
Our learning this week:
We are growing closer to Jesus by participating in the primary prayer service each morning, praying at Adoration every Thursday and going to Stations of the Cross each Friday. We also listen to faith-inspired music in class by some of my favorite artists, MercyMe, For King and Country, and Hawk Nelson. Each day of Lent, a student adds a piece to our Lent Calendar to mark the days. We’re at day 35, just a few days until Easter Sunday!
*Coat drive and soup drive for 1 more week.
Mrs. Rousso, our school counselor, has been doing friendship, self-control and social filter lessons weekly this month. We learned that when a thought comes to your mind sometimes thoughts need to be filtered first. If it’s not kind or appropriate you can filter your thought by saying it in another, kinder way, or just don’t say it! We practiced several scenarios to practice choosing what to do. Say it, or filter it, or don’t way it.
Zones of Regulation: Last week we created a class book of emotions. Each child chose an emotion, drew a person with that emotion and a caption to explain it. Our next step in Zones of Regulation is identifying the zones we’re in and learning tools to manage our zones.
Ask your child: What are the zones of regulation? What zone are you in? What does you body feel like in that zone? What tools can you use to manage your zones?
New Math Unit: Geometry
- names and attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes (trapezoid, parallelogram, pentagon, quadrilateral, side, angle, etc.)
- Sort and categorize shapes
- partition rectangles in columns and rows and count the boxes within
Clifford the Big Read Dog Engineering Project: Last week, groups of 2 and 3 students designed and constructed a dog-biscuit container for Clifford to use when he takes dog biscuits to his family. The groups drew a blueprint, constructed the container, rehearsed sharing their design and finally presented it to the class. Wow! They had some creative ideas. Pictures below!
Biography Reading and Writing: We finished up writing a biography about a classmate this week. Each child exchanged their biographies as a gift. They turned out so well!
Phonics: Adding prefixes and suffixes to words such as- big to bigger, swim to swimming, bake to baking, help to helpless, kind to kindness, bump to bumpy, wrap to unwrap, tie to untie
Cursive: We have almost learned all the lower case cursive letters and will soon start learning upper case letters.
Flat Stanley: Thank you to the students who have shared their Flat Stanley reports with the class last week! Students can bring in their Flat Stanley projects anytime, preferably by the end of April. The projects can be a poster, binder, book or just the materials you mailed. Students should practice reading their project at home so they are ready to present.
God bless your Lenten season! Thank you for your support and for all you do!
Clifford Engineering Project and Sharing