November in Rimon
Rimon writers have been working hard on their posters for our Kevin Henkes author study. Each child has chosen a book by Kevin Henkes for the focus of his/her poster. Once the posters are finished, I will photograph each child and send a copy of the picture of the child and his/her poster to Kevin Henkes in a birthday book we will make for him. His birthday is on November 27.
In math, we have just finished an assessment for the first 4 chapters of our math book. Today we began our new math unit on geometry. The children very much enjoyed figuring out how to use the various geometric shape blocks to fill some pre-made large shapes.
Fundations lessons have focused on some new glued sounds: all, am and an. These sounds appear in such words as: ball, man and pan. In glued sounds, the consonants following the vowel make the vowel sound differently. The letter “a” sounds differently in the word “fan” than it does in the word “apple.” The sound in the word “fan” is much more nasal. This difference can be quite confusing to new readers and writers. After Thanksgiving, we will move on to learn another group of glued sounds.
In social studies, together with second grade, we have been learning about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag. We read about need for religious freedom that drove he Separatists, as they called themselves, to make the dangerous journey to the new land and we learned a bit about their daily lives in Plimoth. We connected the holiday of Thanksgiving to the Jewish value, midah, of gratitude and of being conscious of how many blessings we have in our lives.
In tefillah we have been exploring the daily morning blessings, birchot hashachar, which the rabbis wrote to remind us to express our gratitude for all that we possess.
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving,