First Grade language arts time is underway in a major way! Each day the students are given choices of how they would like to work on their reading skills. They rotate between reading with a partner, reading alone, listening to reading, working with words and working on written language skills. Research proves that when students have choice in their learning it enhances their attention and engagement. It is great to watch the students make their choices, not only what they read, but the activities that they choose to enhance their reading with. One-on-one conferring has grown and either myself or Mrs. Adams are conferring with students every other day. This gives us the opportunity to individualize our instruction for exactly what your child needs. It also helps build a strong trusting relationship with each student. I encourage to go online to canvas and look at the reading and writing conferring comments to view the specifics of what your child is working on. You can see from the pictures below we have all been working hard and having a lot of fun during reading time.
This past week we were also able to go on our first field trip. Along with PK and 2nd grade, we visited the High Desert Museum for their annual water festival. Field trips are a great way to make learning come to life and to connect the real world with classroom learning. The kids visited a variety of learning centers which covered topics including: the water cycle, ground water (permeable vs. impermeable), surface tension, invertebrates, clouds, density and aquifers. See below for some great shots that Mrs. Adams captured during our trip! Gotta love having a fantastic photographer with us! Thanks Andrea Adams for capturing our amazing kids.
In Music, 1st grade has been introduced to Quaver Music – our new curriculum and they’re having a blast! We’ve learned about strong and weak beats (ask them about Mr. Muscles as the “strong beat” and Tiny as the “weak beat”), meter and rhythm, in addition to singing with our portable instrument – our voice! Students have loved the vast array of learning experiences available on Quaver, and I would encourage you to log on to your individual student account from home with your child to explore even more!