Second Grade Smarties
By Liam Walker
To kick off the year, the second grade students have been working hard to complete various activities. They started to use and write in their planners themselves, and they went to George Ranch later on in the quarter. In science, the students had learned all about habitats, and worked on a habitat project where they created different habitats out of household recyclable goods. In social studies, the second graders had learned all about maps and globes, and they even created a map of their bedroom.
The students have also been very busy in religion, too. They learned all about the Holy Trinity, Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, and the Act of Contrition. They also studied Bible verses. In math, the second graders have been practicing fractions and place value. In language arts, they practiced with the three parts of speech: nouns, verbs, and adjectives. While in reading and spelling, the second graders were being introduced to new vocabulary words and new forms of vocabulary. For homework, the students have been using a variety of different websites to help them expand their learning.
Overall, the second graders have had a great start to the year. At this rate, the students are headed for success!
Kindergartners practice spelling in shaving cream!
Kicking Off the Year
By Thomas Jewett
The Kindergartners have kicked off their year with lots of learning. They have been working on many projects including writing a poem and depicting it in pictures with what they wrote. Another project they have done was using shaving cream to learn letters from the alphabet by drawing them in the shaving cream. In math, the Kindergartners have been learning to add and subtract and the equal sign and what the answer is. This year they have been using the
boards to help with their spelling and writing, also with their hand-eye coordination. They have been practicing their reading by reading as a class out of the
and the Houghton Mifflin Reading series. They have been showing Saintly spirit by learning about the Holy Family and Bible stories. They have really enjoyed learning about spelling and they have learned a different way of spelling by clapping their hands together to make the words. They have started off the year strong and will be learning many skills that will expand their vocabulary and their skills in school during the rest of the year.
Start of Something New
By Meyer Jane Davis
The Pre-K students have had their hands full learning the ropes at StJPII. In religion they have learned the Sign of the Cross and the main prayers like the
, the Holy Family prayer, and the
. They currently attend Mass the first Friday of every month. After Advent, they will be going to Mass more often. The Pre-K students have had the privilege of going to the Chapel with Father Shelly with their whole grade level. On the other hand, in class the students began to learn math using hands-on activities such as centers and counters. The scholars love centers! Pre-Ker Cassidy Richard’s favorite centers are the blocks and both Hector Falcon and Melissa Guaida Nehme’s favorite centers are the computer center. The Pre-K students are also becoming Witty Writers. They have learned how to spell their names and are working on their last names. Some upcoming events in Pre-K are the class pumpkin carving for Halloween and the making sandwiches for a food bank at St. Cyril Catholic Church in November. The Pre-K students are enjoying StJPII! Juan Pablo Figueroa’s favorite thing so far has been
, and Olivia Flesch’s favorite thing has been recess. Before you know it, the Pre-K students will be in Kindergarten!
First graders show their recycled material creations.
First of All
By Bella Forkner
The first graders had their hands full this quarter. They started off in religion learning about Jesus and our family. In social studies, they were learning about laws, rules, communities, and leaders. Also, the first graders were working on scientific spelling rules and patterns, like sorting words as patterns and sounds, high frequency words and spelling words as well as using their interactive Smart Boards during lessons. In reading, the first graders are using core readers and decodable readers that include the sounds they are studying so far. Meanwhile, in science, the students learned about their five senses. During one experiment, the students were blindfolded and had to figure out what they were holding in their hands using their five senses. In the midst of the first graders’ excitement over their science experiments, they were also learning about math using their new and improved
textbooks! The first graders were also very enthusiastic when it came to learning about math through
videos on different concepts as well as using base ten blocks. In language, the first graders were learning about capitalization. They are off to a great start!