The 2019-2020 school year is off to a wonderful start in the fourth grade! Nine bright-eyed students fill their desks every day in our classroom. We are super excited to have a new student this year. J.W. and his brother have become a part of our St. John student family.
The fourth grade was privileged to attend an education day at the University’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton. There, students learned farm safety, electrical safety, and how to properly make a 911 call. They also started the germination process for some soybeans that they got to take home. They even brought back some composting “red wigglers” for our classroom. One of the students’ favorite sessions was the presentation by the Minnesota Science Museum in which our students learned about the states of matter. All in all, it was a super day! Special thanks to the Vannelli family for lending us their Suburban.
Our studies in the classroom are starting to “ramp up” as we have learned our classroom and school procedures. As they become routine, everything else should be a little easier and more efficient.
One of my biggest joys as the fourth-grade teacher has been sharing God’s word with my students. It’s a blessing to see the knowledge that’s already there, but even a bigger blessing watching it grow. Ask the students and see for yourself.
Three groups of children, each with 3 students, make their way over to the classroom window. “I think the roots are growing on this one!” exclaims one student.
“This one has used more water than our other one,” says another.
The fourth graders are in the middle of an experiment testing the function of root hairs on onions. It’s great seeing them work together.
Our fourth grade class is off and running – learning, growing, sharing, and edifying one another. This year’s theme passage, “The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1, reminds us to go forward, boldly.
As we approach the end of the first quarter I’d like to thank parents for working with their students on their memory work and checking over their corrected work. I’d encourage parents to ask the students to explain what they’re learning. Give the children real-world opportunities to use their math while shopping, cooking, and playing. Point out to the students how much they have learned and grown over the past months.
I also want to encourage you to read, read, read with your children and to them. This is such an important time for children to develop a love for reading.
As the weather cools, please help your children to make wise clothing choices. We do play outside at recess whenever possible.
Blessings as winter approaches!
What have you enjoyed about school lately?
Noah S “I like playing at recess.” Aubree “I like writing in my journal.” Brecken “I like watching Science videos.” Gavin “I like doing Math.” Charlotte “I like Science videos and doing Math.” Noah K. “I like watching Science videos.” Magnus “I like eating lunch and playing at recess.” Brinnley “I like practicing my name.” Jackson “I like doing Math.” Samantha “I like doing Reading groups.” Skylar “I like Phy. Ed.” Liam “I like Science.” Charlie “I like Social Studies and Phy. Ed.”
Greetings from 6th grade! There are only 5 students in 6th grade and it has great for all of us to get to know each other. Although it took a few days to get back into school routines, the students are starting to remember their math facts and have already shown great improvement in their reading and writing skills. In our room we have a daily puzzle, which might be a rebus, a question pertaining to something from one of our classes, or something unrelated to school. These brain teasers are something they look forward to each day. We have several devotion books that we use, but are especially enjoying our afternoon devotional If the Devil Made You Do It, You Blew It. Each devotion contains lessons that apply to our lives. Even with all of the sin and temptation in the world, we are reminded to continually fix our eyes on Jesus and trust in his forgiveness and promise of eternal life with him in heaven.
The first month of Spanish class will be all about review. Because this is my first year teaching, I have to figure out what the students already know. The students will review how to introduce themselves as well as how to greet others in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The students will also be learning how to say sentences using “I like”. In order to remember all of the new vocabulary, we will be coming up with actions for verbs and playing active games. Some fun words they will learn include: video games, books, movies, art, and more.
Adiós! -Señora Brassow