Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Friday!


We has another great week in 1st grade!


This Week:


Reading: We focused on Author and Illustrators. We learned that sometimes it can be two different people, or sometimes it is the same person. On Friday, the students got to listen to a very special book… a book I wrote when I was in 4th grade! I told them that they all can be authors and illustrators some day too!


We also learned that, “A sentence is a complete message that MUST start with a Capital letter and end with a period.” We will be working on sentences throughout the next few weeks.


We continued to build stamina for Read to Self. We made it to 18 minutes, but we all don’t quite have the stamina for 20 minutes yet. Next week!


We also learned about KidsA-Z which we will be doing during Listen to Reading time. I sent home the passwords for it on Tuesday. If your child would like to do it at home, they are welcome to! There is even an app for it on a ipad or iphone! Parents you can also register your email address to receive results to your inbox. Please email me if you have any questions about KidsA-Z!


This week we also had a sneak peak at Word Work. I gave the students macaroni and playdough and they spelled different words with the objects.


Writing: This week we learned that good writers:
  • Use the beginning and ending sounds to help them write words
  • Write stories about their lives
  • Use spaces
  • Draw pictures to match their story


At the end of writing, we also have “Author’s Chair” where the students get to share one of their stories with the class!


Math: We are zooming through Chapter 1! The students learned about adding 0, vertical addition, how to read a number story, and how to add to sums of 4 and 5. They are all doing great in math!


Bible: We are going through the book of Genesis and learning about how God keeps his promises through the stories of Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, the Tower of Babel, and now with Abram and Sarai.


Science: We learned about Venus, Mars, Earth, Jupiter and Saturn!


Next Week:

Spelling Words: bed  fed  red  get  let  pet  men  yes  for  as

Bible Memory Verse: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” Psalm 8:1


NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!!!

Upcoming Events:

Sept 25, 26 - Picture Day
Sept 29 - Field Trip
1st and 2nd Grade Field Trip to Toguchi Beach (一、二年生の渡具知ビーチへの遠足)

WHEN: September 29, Friday 10:30am-2:00pm 9月29日金曜日
WHO: The 1st and 2nd Grade students will be going to Toguchi Beach for a Field Trip! All parents are invited to join us!子供たちは渡具知ビーチまで遠足にいきます。ご父母の皆さんもどうぞ来てください。
WHAT: Students will enjoy God’s creation at the beach, while getting to know their fellow students and teachers. Students can spend the day playing at the park and searching for wildlife on the beach front.子供たちは神様の素晴らしい世界と生徒たちとの交わりを過ごしながら遠足を楽しみます。

Students can swim ONLY if a parent is watching them. If a parent does not go, the student can wade in the water up to their knees.

More information will be sent out next Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Scholastic Book Order

Oops! I forgot to mention about the Scholastic Book Order in the Friday news!

This last Friday, you may have received something that look like this:


If you would like to order some books for you or your child, you can!


You can order Online!

Here is the website: http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/okinawa-christian-school-intl
You can now browse books online as well.

I followed through a few of the steps to show you if you wanted to order online with a credit card.

1. Select what books you want and add them to your basket. When you are finished, press "Go to Checkout"
2. Type in your email address, press "next"
3. Schools - Make sure it says Okinawa Christian School, press "next"


4. Deliver Option. Make sure it says OCSI and my name, Ms. Turner's 1.1 Class and select "Dispatch Order to School."

 
5. Child Details - Enter your child's name and the class (ex. 1.2, 2.1)

6. Choose Payment Method - enter Credit Card information and select "Pay Using this Address" 

7. The last step should be confirm! You should get an email about your confirmation and Scholastic will also send me a confirmation email. 

THIS CURRENT September Order is due by September 22!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday News for the Week of September 5-8

Happy Friday!


This week:



Reading: We continued to build stamina in Read to Self. We made it up to 15 minutes - twice! I think next week we’ll make it up to 20 minutes! We also focused on learning about Titles of a book. Titles are the name of the book. We learned that sometimes they are all capital letters, or just the first words are capital. Today we looked in our reading folder to see the titles of the books the students picked and we wrote them down.


Math: We started Chapter 1 with learning about addition number sentences. The students all did GREAT! I think we’ll have a super fun year with math!


Bible: We learned about Adam and Eve and what happened to them in the Garden of Eden. Everything was perfect, but Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the fruit from the tree that God told them not to eat. That is how sin entered the world. But God made a very amazing promise to Adam that someday he would send someone to save everyone - we know that person is Jesus!


Writing: We learned that good writers write from left to right, top to bottom, write about one idea, and underline the words they don’t know.


This week we went to the computer lab and learned how to play Spelling City games and ConnectED My Math game - Fact Dash


Science: We are learning about the Solar System!


Next Week:
Spelling Words: job, God, mom, hop, top, got, not, fox, a, and
Bible Memory Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11


Upcoming Events:
Sept 18 - No School
Sept 25, 26 - Picture Day
Sept 29 - Field Trip
1st and 2nd Grade Field Trip to Toguchi Beach (一、二年生の渡具知ビーチへの遠足)


WHEN: September 29, Friday 10:30am-2:00pm 9月29日金曜日
WHO: The 1st and 2nd Grade students will be going to Toguchi Beach for a Field Trip! All parents are invited to join us!子供たちは渡具知ビーチまで遠足にいきます。ご父母の皆さんもどうぞ来てください。
WHAT: Students will enjoy God’s creation at the beach, while getting to know their fellow students and teachers. Students can spend the day playing at the park and searching for wildlife on the beach front.子供たちは神様の素晴らしい世界と生徒たちとの交わりを過ごしながら遠足を楽しみます。

Students can swim ONLY if a parent is watching them. If a parent does not go, the student can wade in the water up to their knees.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Homework Checklist for Sept 5-8


This week starts weekly homework! Please email me if you have any questions about the homework. :)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday News for the Week of August 28-September 1

Happy 2nd week of school 

We are having a rocking time in 1st grade!

This week:

Reading - We started to build stamina in our Read to Self time. We started at 3 minutes, then the next day we went down to 2 minutes, but the next day we went up to 5, 8, and then 9 minutes by Friday! Our goal is 20 minutes!

We also learned a good system of picking our own books called IPICK. Students will be picking 6 books every week for their book basket to use while they Read to Self and Read with Someone. We learned that picking books is like picking shoes to wear. We wear them for different purposes and according to our likes and size.




Math - We took a beginning of the year math test that was pretty hard, but it will show me what I need to teach and focus on this year!

Writing - We started Writer's Workshop by practicing getting the writing folders and writing the whole time until I ring the bell. We also practiced writing our name and date on every writing paper. On Monday I had the students write WHATEVER they wanted to! This will be a baseline writing to compare with some writing they will do later in the year. I think they will be blown away by their improvement in writing!

Spelling - We reviewed all of the consonants this week and practiced writing in our spelling books.

Bible - We started with the beginning of the Bible in Genesis with the story of creation. We learned that God created everything in 6 days and on the 7th day he rested. We learned that his best creation was humans when he created Adam and Eve. God is so amazing for being our creator!

For Fun Friday, the students got to use their whiteboards to draw!





Next Week:
Monday - NO SCHOOL!

We will start HOMEWORK!


Spelling Words: am   at   cat  can   man   ran   had   has  I   the


Bible Memory Verse: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Upcoming Events:
September 18th - No School for students
September 29th - Toguchi Field Trip for 1st and 2nd grade. More information to come later.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday News for the FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL!

Happy 1st week of school! We had an incredible first week in 1.1 together! We practiced lots of new routines, we made new friends, went to Art, PE, and the computer lab, and SO much more!




















We learned the first 4 classroom rules!
#1 Listen when your teacher is talking
#2 Raise your hand to speak or stand
#3 Follow directions quickly
#4 Make smart choices


We also learned about how we behave at OCSI.


We are...
Kind
Respectful
Hard Workers
Self-controlled


Today to talk about self-control, I blew some bubbles at the students and bet them a party that they would all touch the bubbles. They ALL had self control and didn’t pop one bubble! As a result, the students had a geoboard party at the end of the day where they got to design anything they wanted!













Next Week:
Homework is starting! One page of either phonics or math every day Monday-Thursday. Please also start reading with your child at home for at least 10 minutes!


Friday - September 1st - Open House 6pm in the cafeteria. Come out and hear from the principal and then come to Room 208 to hear what goes on in the 1.1 class. I’d love to meet all of you!


Please email me if you have any question, or write in the 'Home to School Notebook!' Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Hi everyone!

If you are a parent from last year, feel free to unsubscribe to the emails!

If you are a new first grade parent this year - Welcome! Nice to meet you! I am so excited to be teaching 1.1 First Grade at OCSI!


Some things to know:

School starts tomorrow! 8:25-3:00pm

In case you didn't get a chance to see it, here's the classroom supply list:

As well as inside shoes!

On the first day of school, I will be sending home a variety of papers for the parents to look over and sign:
Friendship Friday T-shirt Form - This is not mandatory. We will be wearing the shirts on Fridays and Field Trips so all the students can be matching. If you decide to not purchase one, please have your child wear an orange shirt on field trip days. If you would like to purchase it, here is what it looks like but in orange! Please include the ¥1500 when you return the form!

OCSI Guidelines and Rules - please discuss with your child and sign together.
Parent Information Sheet
Computer Use Guidelines (will be difficult for the 1st graders to understand. Try to discuss the best you can and sign together. We will also be discussing it in class.)
Library Use Permission Form - library days will be on Tuesday. Please have your child send back their library books on that day. 
 Please try to have these forms back by Friday, August 25!

I'm excited for a fantastic year!!!