Tis the Season for Family & Traditions
Mrs. Julia McDonald
It’s that time of the year we love the most, full of laughter, warm smiles, and wonderful detailed stories coming from our students during journal time. The best parts are the simple traditions we hear they do with their families and friends. Baking cookies, reading a special bed time story, going Christmas caroling with their loved ones are just a few of the traditions that we as teachers hear about as they explain what they drew for their journal entry that day . To see their faces light up as they tell us their stories are priceless! So remember it’s not about how much money you spend this Christmas season it’s about the time you spend with your precious little ones, and the way they perceive that time and its importance to them.
Fun With 4th and 5th Grade
It’s time to check our weather again! That’s what the Fourth Grade students have been doing in Science - checking daily weather with their classroom thermometers, student made wind vanes, barometers, and anemometers. And, it’s fun comparing our collected data with our own School Net site stationed in our classroom! And, Fifth Grade? Well, they have had some ‘shocking’ fun experimenting with parallel and series circuits in their electrical studies. They are learning to ‘light’ things up a bit, as they practice skills that will come in handy later when they design and construct their electrical houses in our after-school Hands-on Science sessions.
Speaking of Hands-on Science – the Fourth and Fifth Grade students had a blast working with dry ice to make crystal ball bubbles before Halloween! Oh, the fun they had, and the messes they made! But, Science IS all about hands-on learning experiences, even if it does mean a little extra clean-up time! Students are looking forward to the cow eyeball and frog dissections soon. And, then there will be the corn bread, spoon bread, corn pone, cranberry makings, etc. before Thanksgiving! More messes? Nah - just good eating!
Yes, we have to do some Math, too! But, Math is fun when you get to play games AND learn at the same time. We have recently joined the on-line First in Math program, where students can do some of their Math on-line and even continue at home! Practicing Math facts, working with measurement, and yes, even solving word problems can be fun! We are also working with bar models to help solve complicated word problems.
And, since Science and Math go hand in hand, students are working at home on their Science Fair projects for the annual St. Mary’s Science Fair on January 17th. Making measurements and recording data are all vital parts of the Scientific Method. Students will also be encouraged to participate in the Holy Cross Science Fair on January 11th, which is great practice for our own fair!
are reading together, sharing books, and even recommending books to their friends! We have a class goal to read 1,000 books and raise $100 to help feed the hungry. Parents can help support us by making time to visit the library and encourage children to read at home every day.