“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman

“I can’t do it, I can’t make it through this part without crying!” The last two books we have read aloud, “Because of Winn Dixie” and “Charlotte’s Web,” are always difficult for me to get through in certain parts. I have read both of these books many times since I was in 4th grade, and they still get to me. During the reading of “Winn Dixie,” I had to hand the book to one of our 3rd-year friends to read while I “got it together!” I share this with you because: 1. Your scholar may have come home and said “Ms. Shaye couldn’t read the book because she was crying!” and I thought I should explain; and 2. Because I wasn’t the only one; your children have also become so attached to the characters and so involved in their lives that they, too, have shed a tear right along with me. This is a beautiful thing! They are sympathizing with the characters and making connections.   I encourage you to ask your scholar to give you an update on what is happening in our read-aloud book (we read every day.) It will allow them the opportunity for reflection and more in-depth comprehension as they discuss it with you. Also, ask them “then what happened?” to foster their processing the sequence of events.

What have we been up to, and a look ahead:

We continue our research on South America (1st and 2nd-years) and Africa (3rd-years.) This week, we will also have a lesson on the Time Line of Life. This is a favorite among the returning scholars, and they can’t wait to share it with the 1st-years. We will move from the water-cycle to the work-of-water. Ask your child about how the states-of-matter change during the water-cycle!  Sewing will commence this week. We will start with sewing buttons;

1st years: Continue to play with compound words, they will wrap up their study with a flap book and illustration. Synonym (I’m sure they will call them cinnamons!) and antonym studies commence this week. We continue to play with Golden Beads, snake game, and the bead boards. They have also enjoyed studying the types of triangles, and parts of the triangle! If you hear your scholar say “I saw two sleeves” is a type of triangle, do not be alarmed! It is our way of remembering that an Isosceles triangle has two sides the same length, as in two sleeves. This week, we will explore angle names;

2nd years: Continuation in exploring figurative language, ask them about similes and metaphors; Wordly Wise; We will play around with contractions this week; Continue with multiplication facts with the decanomial box, stamp game, and checkerboard; We have enjoyed our studies of quadrilaterals and researched the plane figures; this week, we will study the parts of a quadrilateral; and

3rd years: We continue to work on figurative language. Ask your scholar about alliteration, hyperbole, simile, etc. They enjoy playing around with these! This week, we will begin studying different genres; We have been exploring the different properties in arithmetic, and continue to work with test tubes, bead frame, and checkerboard. We will make flash cards this week with our multiplication facts;

Enjoy the photos below:

The third years try on traditional clothing from Mali!

The third-years try on traditional clothing from Mali!

Practical life: folding

Practical life: folding

Sharing our furry friends. Riley brought in her degus, a South America squirrel.

 Sharing our furry friends; Riley brought in her degus, a South America squirrel. Elizabeth enjoys a snuggle. 

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Georgia and Micah report the weather and calendar

Georgia and Micah report the weather and calendar

Look! One of our Madagascar Hissing cockroaches has shed it's exoskeleton! Thank you, Macey and Elizabeth for making this discovery just in time!

“Look! One of our Madagascar-Hissing cockroaches has shed its exoskeleton!” Thank you to Macey and Elizabeth for making this discovery just in time!

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Brighton doing the water cycle work

Brighton works with the water cycle material

Sam shared his friend "Peaches" with us for the day

Sam shared his friend “Peaches” with us for the day!

The Sadako reading group was so inspired by their book that they enlisted the help of a student from another class to help them make a paper crane!

The Sadako reading group was so inspired by their book, that they enlisted the help of a student from another class to help them make a paper crane!

Kalin works on the "silent e" with the movable alphabet and a book!

Kalin works on the “silent e” with the movable alphabet and a book!

Reading Buddies:

Kian and Riley listen to Brighton read

Kian and Riley listen to Brighton read

Emily and Owen

Emily and Owen

Harper and Liam

Harper and Liam

Thiery and Elliott

Thiery and Elliott

Riley and Kaia

Riley and Kaia

Grant and Bren

Grant and Bren

Caroline and Elliott enjoy reading outside

Caroline and Elliott enjoy reading outside

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