April 19, 2018
Hello again everyone!
I hope that you are all enjoying the spring weather, finally! I know the kids are. We had a fantastic family day last week where we enjoyed the snow by building snowmen, but we were certainly happy to see them all start to melt this week. As we move into this nicer weather, I am looking forward to being able to do more outdoor learning activities with the kids. Here are a few of the things that we are working on right now:
We have been writing persuasive paragraphs, and this week we moved on to writing instructional paragraphs. All of the kids have chosen a topic that they will provide step-by-step instruction about how to perform that task. We have picked topics like, "How to Mount a Horse", "How to Bake a Cake", and "How to Make a Graphic Novel". The hardest part of this has been figuring out how to write an introductory paragraph to the steps, but we are getting the hang of it!
In math this week we have moved on to measuring time. This week we learned about stand and non-standard units of time, and how to read the time on an analog clock. If you have an analog clock at home, please have your child practice this skill with you! We will be continuing with this next week as the Grade 4's find out more about 24 hour clocks and the Grade 3's find out about am and pm.
We are right in the middle of our plant and animal life cycles unit. The way God designed all of these different plants with specific adaptations is absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, we found out the hard way that plants have very specific needs, and if they aren't met the plant will not thrive. We had planted some iris bulbs before Easter, but most of them ended up growing mold since we over watered them. 4 survived and we have moved them to a bigger pot. This week we started some bean plants in the classroom, so hopefully we will have more success with them! Today we started to examine plants that have very specific needs like succulents, carnivorous plants, water plants and climbing plants. If you have any of these types of plants at home, we'd love to hear about them!
Pioneering families led very interesting lives. This week we read some stories from early one room schoolhouses about the crazy things that happened (like teachers taking their students to the dentist and holding them down while they got fillings, and kids trying to use blasting caps to clear the manure out of the school's barn). We also tried our hand at a pioneer home decorating project: tin can luminaries! It was a lot more difficult than we thought it would be. As we talk about the building of prairie towns, we will be heading outside to enjoy this nice spring weather with a tour around Brant. I have lots of stories, pictures and maps of what Brant used to be like and I think the kids will be shocked to find out that Brant was once a bustling prairie town!
Well, that's it for now! As a reminder, please encourage your child to be working on their memory verses and word work booklets during the week. This is expected homework in the Grade 3/4 class but I've noticed many of us not getting it done during the week and trying to cram it in on Thursday morning right before our test. Our memory verses are getting longer, so it would really help the kids to look at the verses well in advance!
Have a fantastic weekend everyone and I hope you enjoy the sunshine!