Curriculum Corner

Early Childhood

What a great start to the school year! Our first theme was Back to School. Students learned all about their classrooms and making green and red choices. We read lots of books a classroom favorite was NO David! and Pete the Cat I love my White Shoes. Students explored the kitchen center, blocks, writing center, play houses, art, play dough and the sensory table.

The theme for September was APPLES. We explored all about apples by cutting open apples to see the insides. We talked about the different parts of an apple: skin, stem, leaf, core and flesh. We learned about how apples grown from seed to tree. We tasted different types of apples and graphed which ones we liked best. We read many apple books a classroom favorite was the Secret of an Apple Tree, for this book you need a flashlight to read it!

We are continuing to practice tracing, cutting, letter names and writing our first names.

Next month we will learn all about pumpkins and Fall, don’t forget about our Pumpkin Farm Field trip on October 18th.

Country Trails Literacy Night is October 24th, this is a FUN night to see the school transform into the Arctic, more details to follow, we can’t wait to see you there! 

 

Kindergarten

 

First Grade

First graders have been learning about community helpers.  They were excited to collaborate with classmates and create a life size community helper. Then they labeled the important tools their helper uses to do their job.

 

Second Grade

Second Grade is off to a great start.  To help build community within our classrooms’ each class has picked an animal as a class mascot. We are proud to introduce the 2Sc Geckos, 2St Coyotes, 2Da Bulldogs, and 2De Bunnies. We will be studying these animals throughout the year as we learn about different biomes in science.

 

Reading/ELL

Students have been busy in reading with the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Some of the literacy skills they have been working on include retelling information and the questioning strategy.  Students have been thinking of questions before, during and after they read the text. One of the questioning strategies is QAR, which stands for Question Answer Relationship. The two types of questions are organized into two categories: In the Book and In my Head.  The questions students will answer that are in the book include: right there and think and search. The other types of questions are author and you and on my own. Students are working on answering and creating their own questions. Continue to have your child read and think about questions at home.  In addition, Country Trail’s Family Literacy Night will be on October 24th from 6:00–7:30 p.m. The students, families and staff are looking forward to a night of literacy adventures! Stay tuned for more details.  

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