This week, we had a mystery guest (Zhang Laoshi) come in and read a book to us while Li Laoshi went to another class to be a special reading guest as well. The children are so excited and look forward to every event in this March Reading Month and it gets me excited to see them loving reading! We also had a special chapel because we have some guests coming from Philippines.
What did we learn and What will we learn?
Mandarin/Language Arts: We continue to take more independence in producing our language, whether it’s speaking, reading, writing or attempting to complete Mandarin Language Arts tasks. We are also working intentionally to listen to the things we say and see if the grammar structure of our sentence makes sense or not. We are working intentionally more and more on remembering the words that we have learned or practiced before, and finding them in books we are reading. We continue to explore the many components of Mandarin through our framework learning each week.
Bible: We told the parables of the Sower (Those who listen to God, retain His word, and persevering it as we do Hi work would produce a crop), the Midnight Visitor (If you ask with your whole heart, your prayers will be heard and answered), and the Great Banquet (if God invited you to His banquet, would you join him?). Next week we will talk about the parables of the Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep, the Good Shepherd and Building on the Rock.
Memory Verse/Fruit of the Spirit: We started to practice our March/April Bible Memory Verse (which is the verse about Easter) as well as our March Fruit of Spirit Faithfulness. We talk about trust and faithfulness – and how we can see evidences of love in our daily life. We will talk about the verse and fruit more this month.
Math: We practiced 17,18,19 and 20 this week. We continue to practice addition and subtraction, classifying as well as partner groups addition. We did a review on concepts we have learned in unit 3 Math, took the unit 3 test and is now moving forward to unit 4 Math!
Exploring God’s World (Sci/SocStu): We continue to discuss How Do I Get Along with Others, and we will talk about how we get what we need and what we want. We will also start talking about our next Science Unit: Is It Living the next few weeks.
Writing: We are talking about small moments and adding details to our stories. We talk about how small moments is story writing about something small in our life, and we add details like conversations and feelings into our writing to let the readers know more specific of what happened.
Play: We continue to enjoy playing school with our animals. We also made some snow art and flower art with pom pom and cotton balls.
Things to Note:
Parent Teacher Conferences: Conferences Sign up started on March 3rd at 9:00AM until March 15th, 10PM. Please send in the conference paper back to school by Monday (March 13th) if you are planning to do so so that I can best prepare for our time together. Thank you!
March’s Reading Incentives: Keep reading for Pizza Hut and Whitecaps Reading Club!
New Attendance/Absentee Email: Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and copy ME to report an absence. Please include the student name, teacher, and reason for absence in the body of the e-mail. Thanks!
Mandarin Homework&Flashcard: Homework and Flashcard this coming week are words/phrases from U5W1. Please continue to help me keep your child accountable of the stroke order and word proportion, as well as continuing to practice the flashcards! Thank you 🙂
Save the Date: We are thankful that Ann H is organizing another year of Wei Wei Palace Dinner – More details coming soon but mark your calendars for April 22, 6PM for a Mandarin Immersion Dinner Night!
From the Immersion Coordinator – Do you teach a specific dialect of the language or have a preference of where the native speaking teachers come from? No, we do not focus on dialects or specific regions where Spanish or Mandarin is spoken. Actually, we prefer to expose our students to as much variety as possible when it comes to variations in the languages. This helps the students gain a more diverse vocabulary, better comprehension skills, and a broader command of colloquialisms. In fact, just this week I watched a group of 2nd graders realize that peanut butter has a different name in Ecuador than in México.
What’s Coming Up?
Specials: Monday – Spanish, Art, Tuesday – Music, Spanish, Wednesday – Library, PE. Thursday – Spanish.
Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up: March 3rd-March 15th.
Blackout Reading Day (March is Reading Month Event): March 15th, Wednesday – Wear black and bring a flashlight to school! We will read in the DARK!
Parent Teacher Conferences: March 20th and 21st (NO SCHOOL on March 20th).
Author Visit (Amanda Barton): March 23rd.
Garden Crossings Fieldtrip: March 24th 8:45-10:30AM.
Wacky Wednesday: March 29th – Crazy clothes, crazy outfits! We will get crazy reading!
Spring Break: March 31st-April 9th.
March is such an exciting reading month but it is also busy, and it can be hard to look forward to Spring Break and staying strong. Please pray for strength and perseverance for our class!
In light of March’s fruit of the spirit Faithfulness, I am praying for the children’s spiritual growth – the children are making so many connections during bible stories time and is learning the lessons in Jesus’ parables. Join me in praying that the children will continue to grow in Him and to get to know Him more and more each day.