Monday Center Time
On Monday we had our social studies lesson on the autobiography poem. Some of the learners were able to write half or close to half of their poem. This will be a longer project and we should have it done in the next week or two. Once the project is completed with support the children will be reading their poems to the class. While half the class had social studies with the parent volunteers in Educare, the other half had Slingerland handwriting time with me. I know that I sent this to you a few times but here is a reminder in case you did not get a chance to read about the slingerland program. The slingerland program teaches the lower case letters first. Currently I am introducing/teaching one letter each week, and once the kinders are more comfortable with the program, I will teach two letters per week. During center time on Monday I will be teaching the slingerland lesson with the kinders while the first graders have social studies and then we will switch groups. This will allow me to have small group instruction time with each grade level, when I introduce a new letter. Then I will do a practice/review session of the letters we have learned every Thursday. (this week we learned/reviewed h, l, and b) Currently during this timeframe the first graders are reviewing all of the upper case slingerland letters. We are almost done with this review process and then I plan to review the lower case letters. Once I have completed the review of the lower case letters, I will be teaching phonics lesson with the 1st graders each week during this time slot.

We also had a wonderful lesson in the garden about being a soil scientist. I sent a blog update about it yesterday.
Tuesday K/1 Special
On Tuesday we had the fourth week of our first round of the K/1 Specials. This is a very unique program at CLC and run by amazing parent volunteers. This year we have a wonderful set of classes including Salmon, Science, Robotics, Crafts, Math in Art, Take Apart and Don’t Let the Pigeon Lead the Special. Learners will rotate through each and every subject, staying with each Special for a four-week session.
We began our day with our poem of the week about the letter T. We made a list of every word that we could think of that started with T. Then we read and re-read the poem about the letter T. The lesson ended with drawing a detailed picture of the tower and castle which was the theme of the poem. Then we had PE and we learned about the number four.

Thursday Center Time
We had math tiles and cooking with our parent volunteers. Math Tiles is a math activity that allows each child to work at their own pace. They work on different math concepts that involve solving problems/equations which begins with counting and moves onto addition, subtraction, and eventually multiplication and division. While half the class had math tiles, the other half had cooking or a slingerland review practice lesson.
The cooking project for today was making fruit and veggie people. (the 1st grades cooked today) This week for slingerland, we learned the letter b and reviewed h, and l.
First Grade Language Arts time
Now that parent conferences are completed, we are back to our regular first grade languages art time. Each afternoon the first graders have small group guided reading instruction, a phonic lessons, and listening center and/or independent reading/writing time.
This week during guided reading we learned about:
strategies readers use when they read books
new sight words
compound words
In phonics over the next few weeks we will be learning about:
making rhymes
recognizes rhymes
hearing sounds in a sequence
hearing ending sounds
Math in Room 10
We continued learning about tally marks and how to collect and count data. We made a fun class graph of our favorite lunches. We had several lessons on how to learn from the data that we collected from our graph. We used tally marks to add up our information.