November 27-December 1

I hope that you were all able to enjoy the long holiday weekend with framily and friends!  I find it hard to believe that we are in the last week of November! The weather certainly is not matching the calendar at this time, but I'll take it!
As we finish out this month we begin to look ahead and start to prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus at Christmas. Over the next few weeks, I'm sure the excitement levels will continue to rise, but we will do our best to remain focused on the meaning and beauty of the Advent Season. We will have many "unexpected" interruptions to our schedule over the next few weeks as we prepare our Christmas play : On Our Way to Bethlehem. Mark your calendars for December 18th. It will be a wonderful time to take a break during the hustle and bustle of the season, as our children share with us the true reason for the season! More information will be trickling out to you as we inch closer to the big show. In the meantime, we will continue to press on and do our best to fill their brains with fun, meaningful academic experiences.
Here's what we hope to accomplish this week:
Religion:  We are finishing up chapter 5 on the sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance. We will also begin some advent activities. 
Language Arts: 
     Reading:  This week we are focusing on the non-fiction genre. Each day we will be focusing on different skills needed for finding meaning in non-fiction writings. We will be able to identify fact from opinion, read graphs and undertand that captions under and around pictures in non-fiction work provide us with important information as well. This will prepare us for our upcoming Science research.
     Written expression:  Our WOW this week is diligent.  Students will be working on improving their topic sentences. As they reflect on their first trimester's work, they will write about the strategies a diligent student uses to be a successful student. Spelling words this week are irregular plural nouns. These will require nightly practice. 
Math: We continue to improve our multiplication fact fluency with daily practice. This skill will become increasingly important as we grow our multiplication skills by introducing double digit multiplication. We will also be working with adding and subtracting decimals.
Science: We are learning that all animals have the same basic needs, but how they meet those needs differ from species to species. We will be doing some interesting investigations to "experience" different animal adaptations.