Greetings from Kindergarten!
The students are very excited about all the new things they have learned including reading approximately 30 sight words and decoding so many more! With this skill, they are able to read short story booklets. In Math the students are aquiring a new skill—estimation—through the Estimation Station in the classroom. Each week the kids discover new items in the station’s large jar, and they make an "educated" guess to determine how many of the item are in the jar. The jar’s contents are then counted to discover the exact answer and see whose estimation was the closest. The students will soon begin a big thematic unit using Math, Geography, Social Studies, Science, Art, Reading and Writing when they read “Flat Stanley” which is a story about a boy who gets flattened by a bulletin board and goes on lots of adventures. After reading the book, the students will make their own flat person (Art) and send him or her to friends or family members. In purchasing the stamps for the envelopes, Math skills will be used to count money. The recipients will be asked to take their flat person on lots of adventures and to report them back to the students (Social Studies). Through this process, the children will learn about the map of the United States and where different states are located (Geography) as well as how weather varies in different parts of the country (Science). I can't wait to get this unit started in just a few days as the kids will really enjoy this fun project! As always, we appreciate the gifts that St. Casimir's School provides us, and we love talking about the generous gifts that God gives us when we gather for Religion class. In one of our recent lessons we discussed the gifts of the five senses and how we could not learn new things without the ability to taste, feel, hear, see and smell. Our journey through kindergarten is blessed a thousandfold due to being a part of this awesome school! May God Bless you!
Submitted by Mrs. Emerson
Hello from Mrs. Sonnek!
In the fifth and sixth grade Religion class at SCS, the students created a PowerPoint about themselves through the Theology of the Body curriculum. They are also learning how freedom means responsibility and how their choices reflect their love of God. These lessons tie in well with the sessions about the physical body systems that the students are studying in Health Science. The Year of Mercy has us thinking of things we can do within the school and community, and so the students have decided to serve breakfast to the teachers this week! In Phy-Ed, we are finishing up with volleyball in all grades, and it has been rewarding to see how much each student has improved in their coordination and strength. The fourth through sixth grade students continue to work hard on their Math skills with everything from improving basic Math facts to problem solving in Algebra.