“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
- Zig Ziglar
3JL has been doing wonderful things in and outside the classroom since the academic year started, and I’m glad to share with you the highlights of our challenging yet awesome and fun experiences.
The students are doing well in recalling past Math concepts such as the place value system, comparing, ordering, rounding off, and estimating whole numbers. We have as well started having a more in-depth discussion on properties of addition and the basic concepts of adding and subtracting. At the same time, children are getting lots of exposures in solving multi-digit addition and subtraction problems through collaborative learning tasks and by doing individual and paired works. As a bonus, they also get to answer different brain teasers and mind benders to help them think out of the box.
After our discussion on Scientific methods and traits of a scientist to review their concepts of what Science is about, 3JL has been engaging in doing mini experiments such as the Rainbow Milk and Walking Water in order to develop their skills in doing careful observations, making sound predictions and coming up with accurate conclusions. We have as well started our unit on Force and Motion where the students are about to explore concepts of balanced and unbalanced forces, friction, gravity, magnetism and etc.
For reading the students have been doing various activities to develop fluency and stamina in dealing with longer texts. They have a weekly dose of grade-level vocabulary and spelling words in class. They are also introduced to fiction and informational texts and are encouraged to read more of these types, too. The students are also given opportunities to become more critical in analyzing the characters in the stories we read by filling out character analysis charts supported by text evidence.
For writing, 3JL has already been introduced to the writing process where they are asked to brainstorm ideas which they could write about and refine their work along the way by revising and editing them thoroughly. They are also regularly provided with grammar, punctuation and capitalization lessons to help them come up with clear and understandable essays.
As we dig deeper in our discussions about Early Humans, it is such a joy to see the children gain more understanding of how humans evolved. As we currently explore the timeline of Human Evolution, the students gain more familiarity with different species like the Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo Erectus, the Cro-Magnon and Homo Sapien Sapiens.