Focus on American History

In Reading last week, students continued building their background knowledge on American history, specifically on the presidents of the United States. In particular, they listened to two Character Counts books by Scholastic namely, “Young Abraham Lincoln” and “Young George Washington”. These stories focused on how their character traits helped both individuals grow to become two of the greatest people in history. Students also enjoyed listening to the read-aloud “So You Want to be President” by Judith St. George and David Small.

In Language Arts, the focus last week was reading from the Core Knowledge Language Arts Curriculum. We read about American Presidents and American Symbols. We learned about different landmarks in Washington D.C. such as the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and more. We also learned a few significant facts about George Washington (e.g., he was the first president of the United States and served from 1789-1797) and Abraham Lincoln (e.g., he served as the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865) and the impact they made on the country.

In Writing, pre-kindergarteners focused on improving their writing skills. They practiced writing letters A to Z. They also learned how to write words that included at, the, and in. Kindergarteners, on the other hand, worked on writing the sight word “what.” They also learned about writing a question and all about the question mark when using the sight word “what” in a sentence.

In Math, students learned about money and the value of different coins.  We talked about which president was on each coin and its value, as well as some math tips for counting coins. Students also learned helpful little poems to go along with each coin.

In Autonomy and Social Skills, students had a wonderful time sharing, building friendships, and being thoughtful during the class Valentine’s Day Party last Friday! They enjoyed themselves as they decorated their valentine’s bags, exchanged and read valentine’s cards, and ate some sweet treats! They also had the opportunity to talk about their blessings after listening to the read-aloud “Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Blessings” by Mike Berenstain.

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