THEME FOR 2016-2017 "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." Jn 1:29

WELCOME TO OUR FIRST GRADE BLOG SPOT! This is where we will try to keep you up to date on what is happening in our classroom.

Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day

Christ Light:  Read 13A  Taxes to Caesar    It was cute.  I asked "Do your parents give money to the government?"  Many children thought "No."  We had a discussion then about "taxes." Give to God what is God's (offering) and give to Cesaer (government) what is Cesaer's.  God provides us with police (two Dad's in class), firemen, parks, roads, traffic lights, libraries... through our taxes. 

Reading:  We read a few books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to celebrate President's Day.  Ask to see the pages we did and review the vocabulary.

Math: Today we reviewed Adding ten to a number by using pennies and dimes.  

Poetry:  Our new poems this week are about presidents and quilts.  We will get back to our quilt books tomorrow. 

Gym:  We did long rope skills in gym class today. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

Christ Light: We reviewed the story of the Workers in the Vineyard. I am blown away by the depth of understanding of God's Word these children show. My we continue to train them up in the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen their faith. We recited the 1st Article of the creed and reviewed the Trinity, too. 3 persons, 3 jobs, one God!

Spelling   Test on Wednesday, Feb 22nd       Unit 2
Pattern words: funnier,  sunnier,  easier,  happier,  happiest,  angriest, muddiest, easiest
Memory Words: their,  now,  always,  because,  been  
Challenge (optional): quilt,  stickier,  music,  color,  Valentine’s Day.
I changed “drier” to color because I misspelled the word.  It should be “dryer.” Crazy English!    

February is Heart Health Month The first graders and kindergartners have been working hard on their jump rope skills this winter.  This month, each student is polishing certain skills and working to earn a Jump Rope charm necklace.  The students are also doing partner and long rope jumping skills.       

Minute-To-Win-It Valentine’s Day party was quite fun.  The students put some pictures in their 1st grade journal today.  I also posted some to SeeSaw and the blog.

Math This week we added telling time to the half hour.  Some kids are getting confused with the long (minute) and short (hour) hand.  Chat about it at home and practice.  We daily work on our math facts.  I have also started to include some deeper level questions each day as part of our Calendar Time.  The new stations this week are 1) ipads, 2) clock work with Mrs. G/M 3) fact work at the desk, 4) number sense with me.  

A Quilt Unit in social studies has started today.  Each day I will read one of my favorite quilt stories and then include a history lesson with that book.  Today’s was “Luka’s Quilt” about a girl and her grandmother in Hawaii.  After the book we read and learned more about Hawaii.  

African American History Month We are celebrating this by doing a little research and putting together a “quilt” on the wall outside our class.  Please help your child find some information about this person tonight and return it tomorrow.  Thank you!  The form is stapled to this note.   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

Christ Light:  Read 12B  The Parable of the Vineyard Workers (I sent a photo on SeeSaw)
MT:  I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

Read:  Superkids "The Wish" tonight in textbook.

Math:  Today we started adding 10 to a number  18, 28, 38...Do Lesson 89B tonight

Science:  We reviewed Unit 5 environments and tomorrow we will take our end of unit assessment.

Gym:  We are doing a dance unit this month.  The Bunny Hop is my favorite to watch (and lead).  We are also jumping rope and working to earn our charms.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day from the first grade.

We had our normal Bible time and reviewed the story of the Talents.  Jesus- help us use our many talents to your glory and the spread of your name.

Math:  Today we learned 1/4 , how to divided a square and circle into  1/4s.  Remember they must be equal size pieces.

Reading/Spelling:  We reviewed our spelling pattern rule this week- change the y to and i and add the ending -er or -est.  We also learned our 5 memory words and read sentences with them.  Ask to see/read our "fortune cookies."

Minute-to-Win-It was the highlight of our day.  We played 5 different games.  Ask about them.  3 are shown in the pictures.

Please do math and read the Book Bag book tonight.  Thanks!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Marvelous Monday

Christ Light:  Read 11A  Mary Shows Love to Jesus
MT  Mk 10:45  The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.

Reading:  Read a Penguin Book (Last names A-M), read a library book (N-Z)

Spelling: Test on Wednesday, Feb 6th!       Unit 1
Pattern words (ends with -y): try, cry,  smelly,  jelly,  funny,  sunny,  pay,  say,  play
Memory Words: down,  too,  work,  many,  first
Challenge (optional):   young,  idea,  almost,  leave,  afternoon

Math:  Lesson 85B  We did some work with place value today using concrete sets of "tens" and "ones."   Each day we practice our fact work.

Science:  We are taking a "3-day trip" to Antarctica to study penguins.  There was much interest today!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pete the Cat!

K-2 enjoyed a trip to Appleton today for Pete the Cat, musical.  It was a GREAT show.  What a blessing that so many of you were able to join us.

Christ Light:  We reviewed Zacchaeus and recited our MT (8th Comm).  The kids are loving the song, Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man!

Superkids:  We reread the story "In Case of Rain," and discussed it some.  We even did a couple of the activities.

Math:  None today.

Ground Hog's Day!  We did a word search to practice reading words related to Ground Hog's Day and we read two funny books.  Ask about them.

Have a blessed night.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

Good afternoon!

Christ Light:  Do a family devotion.  The kids did well on their memory treasure this morning.

Reading:  Book bag was sent home.

Math:  Lesson 82B  Our new concept was determining "how many more than" when comparing amounts on a graph.  We graphed the number of kids in our families.  1 kids= 1 family,  2 kids=6 families, 3 kids= 10 families, 4 kids= 5 families, 5 kids= 1 family.

 Science:  We watched our interactive video about environments.  Ask which animals and environments we saw.

Many of the kids loved sledding at lunch recess.