WEEK OF AUG. 29

WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR!
 
The students have entered the fourth grade with a lot of enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn, despite the heat and all its intenseness. We spent the first couple of days reviving our friendships and doing some team building activities. Some of the items we used included spaghetti and marshmallows and toothpaste and toothpicks. If you have not heard of any of these activities, ask your children about them and see if they can explain the purpose behind them.
This week we will get into all the subjects and begin our journey of educating your children!
 
RELIGION - This week we will emphasize the truth that Jesus was the Son of God. We will learn about his divine traits, as well as his human characteristics.
We will also come to understand our job as disciples of Jesus.
 
LANGUAGE  ARTS - The students have been given their first spelling packet of the year, which is due on Friday. The students have been told that one page would be assigned each evening, but they need, to work on it with a plan to complete it, while working around their busy after school schedules. The students will be responsible for all thirty words, but the challenge words will work in their favor if correct. Incorrect challenge words will not lower their grade. We began our first class novel "Freckle Juice". As we read through this book we will be able to identify the main characters, the setting and the importance of the sequence of events in the plot. You will notice throughout the year we will have quite a few assignments that involve writing. Our goal is to expose the fourth graders to all sorts of writing forms and strengthen their efforts to become proficient writers.
 
MATH - These first few days we are investigating how our new math series works. There is a great deal of emphasis on learning the basic facts. Another key emphasis in this series is to be able to solve problems using different strategies. These first lessons are a review of addition, subtraction and many of the components associated with these operations. The key to success is to know the basic facts.
 
SOCIAL STUDIES - This week we will focus on some key geography terms that will help them understand the location of the seven continents and the five oceans. You will find that there will be many hands-on projects in social studies to keep the students engaged and learning!
 
THE YEAR AHEAD LOOKS TO BE A PROMISING ONE!