In Religion, we have looked closely at the Sacrament of Baptism. We learned how it is the Sacrament in which we become members of the Church. We also discovered what Original Sin is and how Baptism washes away Original Sin. With Reconciliation approaching quickly, we began our intensive study to prepare for the Sacrament. This week, we talked about the Bible, how it is God’s Word, and learned about the different parts of the Bible. I will be handing out the Ten Commandments to the class in the coming weeks, and all the children will have to recite the Commandments to me the week after First Reconciliation. Also, the Act of Contrition is going to come home next week. Please start practicing that for First Reconciliation. BOTH will need to be memorized and recited for a grade mid-December.
We’ve begun our study of basic addition and subtraction facts, looking at different strategies that can be used to add or subtract. Please practice basic facts daily, even if it is just a couple of minutes. Repetition will help with the automaticity of answers. There are so many fun ways to practice basic facts; online games, flash cards, deck of cards, etc. I’ll be teaching them one using a deck of cards soon.
There is so much to learn in Social Studies. We learned about laws, several types of communities (urban, suburb, rural) and even practiced some map skills, like using cardinal directions. This past week, we looked at our state and country, and we learned about state capitals. We’ll be reviewing all that we learned early next week and have the test later in the week, on Friday, November 3rd. Look for study sheets and the textbook to come home so that your child can study UNIT 1 prior to the test.
In word work, we’ve been working on words ending with s and z sounds. We also are making words plural by adding either an s or es. In writing, the class is finishing their second paper, an opinion piece, in which they are telling me what they think I should be for Halloween. The papers, along with a picture, will be in the hallway next week for the whole school to enjoy! During reading class, we’re reading our next Superkids magazine, which is entitled It’s Tricky. The articles and sections all have something to do with tricks. Ask your child to tell you about some of the things we’ve read.
PLEASE be sure to read the upcoming Homework Sheet for important information. Thank you!