Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Don't Let the Pigeon Be the Teacher

Presented by the 1.1 Class

Don't Let the Pigeon Be the Teacher


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Feb12-16

Happy Friday! We had another great week in 1st grade!


This week was a little different because on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the students participated in Kids Club put on by the MS and HS students for their service week. The students learned how Jesus is the light by doing games, crafts, music, and a Bible story. They all had a blast!! And they got to get to know some of the MS and HS students!





Reading: We read all of the Mo Willems Pigeont books this week. They are so hilarious! We looked at similarities from all of the books. We learned the Mo does some of the same things as he draws the pigeons - called Author’s Craft. We even made our own Pigeon books AND made our own class video called, “Don’t let the pigeon be the teacher!” coming soon to the website…


Writing: We continued to write poetry this week with concrete poems!


Math: We finished Unit 5! Place value is a really hard concept but the students all got it and did well on their test today! Next unit:


Bible: We only did Bible twice this week in class and we learned about the cool story how the Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant but when they placed it beside their idol Dagon, in the morning Dagon was on the floor and the next day Dagon’s arms and head fell off! The Philistines got scared and returned the Ark to the Israelites. How cool is that!!


Next Week


No School on Monday 2/19
Spelling Words - play close blue glad flags plate class black fly bless some these
Bible Memory - “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be in want.” Psalm 23:1

Upcoming Events:
Feb 28 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Feb 26- Mar 2 - WEEK OF READING

March 21 - Student Led Conference

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Feb 5-9

This Week:


Reading - We read all the books from Laura Numeroff and Julia Bond! We looked at the similariteis between eatch of the books and even looked at a separate book written by Laura called Gorillas Don’t Wear Glasses. Today we even wrote our own If you give a 1st grader a Book. It’s so much fun to study all about an author and illustrator! These books also help prepare for a good reading strategy called cause and effect which the students will learn more about in 2nd grade.





Math: This week the students met a special alligator named Ally who loves to eat big numbers - which is how we learned < (greater than ) > (less than) and = (equal to). The students were so quick to figure those out. It’s also a good skill for the students to know the vocabulary of more, less, greater, equal etc.


Writing: We are continuing to write fantastic poetry in 1st grade! This week we wrote Question Poems, the 5 W’s poems, and Acrostic poems. We are having so much fun I’m going to continue it for one more week!


Bible: We did a review of the Judges and the story of Ruth and Naomi and continued into the birth of Samuel and how Samuel was called by God. It’s so crazy to think that Samuel heard God’s voice. Though we would all love for God to speak directly to us, it’s reassuring to know that God still speaks through the Holy Spirit, through the Bible, and time spent with Him.


100 Days of School - On Thursday we celebrated being in school for 100 days! We counted to 100 by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's. We thought of some silly things like "I want 100____" or "If I had $100 I would..." We are 100 days smarter!


Next Week:


All week - Service week for MS and HS students. There will be no specials for elementary students. 1st and 2nd graders will be participating in Kids Club on Tuesday-Thursday from 12:40-2:50.







Wednesday 2/14 Valentine’s Day! If your child would like to share some treats with their classmates, they can! Make sure to bring one for every child - 21 students. If you want a class list, please email me! We have a students with tree nut allergies such as walnut, almond, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, and macadamia nuts. Please make sure that the treat does not contain one of those.

Spelling Words: soon, good, look, took, food, book, zoo, foot, cool, noon, many, he


Bible Verse: “The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31

Upcoming Events:
Feb 19 - No School
Feb 28 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Feb 26- Mar 2 - WEEK OF READING

March 21 - Student Led Conference

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday News for the week of January 29- February 2

Happy Friday!

This Week:


Reading: Retelling - This is a hard one first graders, especially for students whom English is not a first language. This week we read several easy to follow stories then RETOLD it to a partner. When retelling, it’s a good idea to tell the characters, setting, what happened in the beginning, middle, and end. We practiced a lot this week and we will keep practicing! Please ask your children about what they are reading so they can RETELL it to you! :)


Math: We are cruising through place value! We learned how to figure out 10 more or 10 less. This week we also did a lesson on the US money of dimes and nickels. We played a fun game with play money where the students exchanged pennies to nickels and then to dimes. The students are all doing great and working hard.


Bible: This week we learned the neat story of Ruth. It’s amazing how God used a foreigner from Moab to be a part of Jesus’ family!


Writing - This week we started writing POEMS! So far we wrote color poems, I remember poems, and subject poems. The students are enjoying it and they are super creative! I’m excited to write more next week!


Next Week:
Spelling Words: boys boxes tent late rain may came boat hope told coat like time find kind seed meet meat weak week

Bible Memory Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

Thursday is the 100th day of School! We will have a mini celebration at school this day!

Upcoming Events:
Feb 13-15 Kids Club - a normal day but the 1st graders will take part in a 2 hour Kids Club put on by the HS and MS students for their Service Week.

Feb 14 - Valentine's Day
If your child would like to pass out Valentines to their classmates, please make sure they get one for everyone. We now have 21 students. If you would like the list of all of their names, please email me!

Feb 19 - No School
Feb 28 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Feb 26- Mar 2 - WEEK OF READING


Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Jan 22-26

This Week:


Reading: Use prior knowledge: As a reader, it’s important to think about what you know about what you are reading. This week we read some stories about schools because we know all about school! We also read a nonfiction book about China. We used a KWL chart to think of what we know, what we wonder about, and what we learned.



Math: We are chugging through place value! The student are doing a great job understand what 10’s means and what 1’s means. We did some regrouping this week with will help in the future with double digit subtracting! We also learned how to make a table this week and counted with dimes.


Writing: This week we finished up our How To editing and published our books and read them to the 2.1 class! Good job everyone!























Bible: We started the crazy stories about Samson. We learned that he is incredible strong and even though he didn’t also do things that pleased God, God is going to use him in an amazing way!


Next Week:


Spelling Words: be me we see seed  feel meat  meet weak week


Bible Memory Verse:  “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.” Psalm 18:1-2

Upcoming Events: 
Feb 1 - Report Cards sent home
Feb 19 - No School
Feb 28 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports
Feb 26- Mar 2 - WEEK OF READING - more details later

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Jan 16-19

This Week:

We finally had all 21 students this week!

Reading: Problem and Solution: This was an exciting strategy and one that really got us thinking! We read Harry the Dirty Dog and thought of the Problem and Solution. We also read my favorite childhood book, Tikki Tikki Tembo, and thought of many problem and solutions.




Math: We started Place Value - we learned that there are ones, tens, and hundreds and we learned how to count the tens like this: 1 tens = 10, 2 tens =20 etc. I could tell it was confusing but I'm sure the students will get it during this chapter.



Bible: We started to learn about the cycle of the Judges. We learned how the Israelites had peace while they obeyed God, but soon they forgot about what God had done from them, worshiped idols, and their enemies attacked them. When they finally remembered about God and cried out to Him, he sent a judge to help them out. The first judge was Othniel. We also learned some about Deborah. This week we started the story of Gideon. It’s funny to think that the Israelites never learned their lesson and then when we look at ourselves… we are still the same! We let God down so many times, but he is still faithful to love us!


Writing: We edited our How To writings! The students were in partners all week and worked super hard to edit the stories. I can’t wait to publish them and read them to 2nd graders next week!


Next Week:


Spelling Words: by   my   ride   bike   like   time   nine   dive   find   kind   them   would
Bible Memory Verse (again): “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15


Friday - NO SCHOOL! Teacher Work Day and End of 2nd quarter




Upcoming Events:

January 25th - 2nd quarter ends
January 26th - No School
Feb 1 - Report Cards sent home
Feb 19 - No School

Feb 28 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports
Feb 26- Mar 2 - WEEK OF READING - more details later

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Jan8-12

Happy Friday!


This week:


Reading: We reviewed the 4 main reading strategies of Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary. Together they make up what we call the Reading CAFE. Today, the students picked one of those four to really improve on for the last 100 days of school. (Can you believe we are on day 83?)  I’m so proud of all the students for how much they have already improved in reading and it’s only the end of the 2nd quarter! We read through Curious George Flies a Kite to go over those strategies.


Math: We finished up Chapter 4 about Subtraction Strategies. This was probably the trickiest chapter yet and there was one lesson that we just decided not to cover at all because it was confusing everyone! But I hope the students learned some new (and faster) ways to subtract past 10. We had our Chapter 4 test today! Next we’ll be moving on to Place Value!

Writing: We have been writing "How to..." stories for a while now! This week we finally picked one of our writings to edit and publish.


Bible: After Christmas break we jumped back into the stories of Joshua and the Israelites going into their Promised Land, Canaan. First they had to cross the Jordan River, and just like the Red Sea, God dried up their path so they could walk through on dry land. The first city they had to conquer was Jericho. God told the Israelites to march around the city for 7 days blowing trumpets. Then on the 7th day, they marched around 7 times and all yelled! Guess what happened? The walls of Jericho fell down! Amazing! God can do anything!
We got to act out the story this week!




Fun Friday - We watched the Veggietales movie, “Josh and the Big Wall”


Next Week
NO SCHOOL on MONDAY!!!
Thursday is OCSI day so wear RED and WHITE!!!


Spelling Words: go   no   so    boat    coat    rode    home   hope   old  told    give    said
Bible Memory Verse: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Upcoming Events:

Book Orders
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/okinawa-christian-school-intl to browse the latest books and order online. Please place your order online by January 26th, 2018.
Upcoming Events:
January 15th - No School
January 25th - 2nd quarter ends
January 26th - No School
Feb 1 - Report Cards sent home
Feb 19 - No School
Feb 28 - 3rd Quarter Progress Reports