What a fun week of math! Students practiced “one more, one less” problems by learning three new math games: Monster Squeeze, Penny Dice, and Bunny Hop. They also played a game to practice comparing numbers: Top-It! These games aren’t just fun, they help to reinforce important mathematical concepts that we practice every day. They help build mental math skills and allow students to practice working cooperatively in small groups. Ask your child about their favorite math game today!
This week in Writing Workshop we completed our “launch.” At the beginning of each school year we launch Writing Workshop by teaching independent writing routines. When students know how to get paper, how to exchange a broken pencil, how to ask for help, how to staple pages together, and what to do when they are done, they are more productive and more creative. The excitement in the room on the day First Graders learned how to safely use the stapler was palpable.
Social Emotional Learning
On Tuesday we read a TCS favorite: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. In the story, Rosie loves to inker and build, but considers quitting when her inventions fail. In the end, with a little help from a famous relative, Rosie discovers that failure is an opportunity to learn if you simply change your attitude. First Graders engaged in a lively discussion about this idea, and all agreed that we would try to be like Rosie Revere in our lives at school. We agreed to take risks, learn from mistakes, and move on with optimism. If you have not read this fantastic children’s book, we highly recommend it.