Dear Families,
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!  Ron and I plan to go running on Saturday and hopefully a long hike on Sunday.  Although we may end up with some big rain storms this weekend, so we will have to see how the weather unfolds over the next three days.
I look forward to seeing all of you on Monday morning for the opening of our Post Office!
1.  As a reminder please help your learner finish his/her Valentine cards for our Post Office Unit which will open on Monday morning!

Here is the Post Office Homework Quick Recap:
• Please have your child make  21 homemade valentine’s for each learner in the classroom.  
• Each Valentine needs to be signed by the sender.
• Please put each valentine in an envelope with an address label in the correct position and have your child hand-write the recipients name on the envelope above their address label
• The Valentine’s have to be completed and at school on Monday, February 10 for our Post Office Unit.
2.  Sharing topic for the week of 2/10 – Picture of someone you love!

3.  Please sign-up to bring an item for our Valentine’s Tea Party on February 14.  

Monday – We had our fourth lesson on Community and we learned about “My Place in the World.”  The children made books that started with where they lived, moved onto where San Carlos is located in CA, and ended with a picture of planet earth and the galaxy.  While half the class had social studies with the parent volunteers in Educare the other half had Slingerland handwriting time.  This week we learned/reviewed all of the lowercase letters we have learned this year and I taught them the letters o and e.  Now that the learners are efficient with the slingerland method, I am teaching two letters per week and I will be moving onto uppercase letters very soon.  After recess we had spanish, and free choice.

Tuesday –  we began our first session of our fourth round of the K/1 Specials which is the same program that was formerly called seminars.  The topics this year are: Mindfulness, Math in Art, Robotics, Handwork, Earth Science, Take a Part, and Archeology.  After K-1 Specials, I read them the book “Groundhog Day.” We learned all about Groundhog Day and we also learned that this year the groundhog saw his shadow, so we will have six more weeks of winter.  We decided as a class that, that was good news because we certainly need more rain/snow.
Wednesday –  we had math tiles and our letter of the week lesson on “L.”  The story was about the beautiful girl named Lilah and how she lived in a lake.  After recess we had garden time. I sent a blog update about our garden lesson on Wednesday afternoon.  Then we ended our day with making our February calendars.
Thursday – we began our day with creating our mailboxes for our Post Office that will open on Monday morning.  Then we had our very fun and exciting field trip to the San Carlos Post Office.  I sent blog updates about both activities earlier today.  
First Grade Language Arts time
This week we continued with our guided reading groups.  As I have mentioned over the past few weeks, we start guided reading time each day with a mini lesson that meets the needs of the current learners in each group.  Here is a list of some of the items each group learned about:

• we learned about contractions – for example wouldn’t and couldn’t
• we learned what it means when we add “ing” to the end of a word – it means something that we are doing right now 
• we learned how to make a word plural
• we learned that it is very important to pay attention when we reading, otherwise we can mix-up words like come and came
For phonics this week we learned the short vowel “i” and the letter h.  

Math in Room 10
This week we continued to learn more about money. We learned how many pennies are in a nickel, dime, and quarter.  We also learned how to trade coins that equal the same amount – for example – we could trade two nickels for a dime or five dimes for two quarters etc…  We played a fun game called race to 20 cents.  We also played a game with a 50’s chart to practice adding up coins quickly.  For example I had them put five dimes down on the 50’s chart to help them quickly see that five dimes is worth 50 cents.