100 years! I had a wonderful time celebrating with many of you last night. St. John really is a unique place that has impacted so many lives over the past 100 years.
Our class was very busy this past week. I really enjoy watching how engaged and creative this class is when it comes to learning. They take “Active Learners” to a whole new level and it is really fun to watch!
In math the children worked with the 3 primary properties of addition- identity, associative, and commutative. I challenged the children to work collaboratively and come up with a clear, creative, and effective way to reteach an addition property. Who knew the properties could be so much fun! They made games, interactive posters, poems, and crafts. It was amazing to see what they came up with.
In social studies the children are hard at work completing the research for their Native American projects. The children will begin working on these projects in class this week. Additionally we will continue to learn about the 5 regions of the US.
As I mentioned we had a special guest come and lead the class in an amazing art project. Carl Warmenhoven, a long time parish member and former St. John parent, came in on Friday to work with Mrs. Desclos. The children learned about the Northwest Region Native People and totem poles. The children worked in small groups to come up with a story or theme they wanted to tell in a totem pole. Each student began sketching his/her individual piece. Once they are complete, Carl will generously carve each piece on wood, the children will paint them, and Carl will assemble them into totem poles. It was an incredibly engaging and exciting afternoon.
The children are settling into their reading groups. In addition to fluency and accuracy, the children will be utilizing strategies to increase comprehension and expand vocabulary. I encourage you to ask your child what they read that day in class, re-telling/summarizing is a wonderful tool to expand reading comprehension skills.
Wednesday, October 18th- Individual Picture Day: students may wear dressy free dress
**** don’t forget to sign-up for conferences October 25-28