Busy Days in 1B!

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Our first grade class has covered lots of ground over the past few weeks.  The students did a fantastic job preparing for and presenting at Portfolio Day!  Thank you for coming and showing support for your child’s studies.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for our AJA students to get to practice and strengthen their presentation skills this early in life.

In Social Studies, we’re approaching the end of our Mexico studies and we’ve had a great time learning about its rich cultures, past and present.  We made and painted our own miniature Mexican pots and had a special guest visit our class to help us make fresh guacamole from scratch – yummy!

We’re right on track with our phonics and word study and so many students are synergizing what we learn and making great gains in their reading accuracy and fluency.  I encourage you to help your child keep reading during the winter break (Raz Kids, too!).  Our 2nd Reading Logs will be due the week after we return to school.

In Science, we’ve been brainstorming and planning our Science Fair class project and we’ll be focusing on it daily after the break.  If your child wants to participate independently in the Science Fair, please let me know asap as this week is the deadline for sign-ups.

You might have noticed your child being much more aware of the clock recently.  If you have an analog clock at home, encourage her/him to tell you what time it is.  We’re working on telling time and time’s importance in math and it’s a fun skill to practice in the ‘real world’.

Finally, we’ll be getting together with our 5th grade buddies once more before the break to share some soothing herbal tea and create some ‘grow to heal’-inspired gifts.  These are our home-grown mint, chamomile, and lemongrass plants right outside our classroom:

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday,

Ms. Faris’ 1st Grade