News from Mrs. Vanness' Class

First and Second Grade News - Mrs. Vanness’ Class

Yay, spring is just around the corner!  We are all ready for sunshine, warmer days, and green grass.  Hopefully we will see all of them soon!

First of all, I would like to say thank you to all of the parents for attending parent-teacher conferences that we had at the beginning of February.  It is so nice to sit down and talk with each of you. We have the greatest parents at Lincoln/Montessori, and I know that all of the staff here would agree.

We loved celebrating with our friends on Valentine’s Day.  Thank you for helping your child create Valentine memories at home.  We had amazing Valentine boxes and bags created at home with you, and it was so much fun to see all of the imagination that went into making them.

Our classroom has been filled with activity this past month.  In our cultural area we have been studying President’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, and learning about people who have changed the world during Black History Month.  We finished our solar system study and loved the mobile planetarium! We also had visitors from the middle school JOI club read to our first grade students and share their love of reading.  In January, our Battle of the Books focused on winter books, in February, we have been reading Caldecott Medal books.

We are hard at work on our contracts too.  In the math area we have been working on subtraction with and without borrowing, place value, addition with carrying, telling time, ordering numbers, money, plane and solid figures, symmetry, angles, and fractions.  In the language area we have covered topics such as using text evidence to check for comprehension, compound words, contractions, sentence drawers, classification, graphemes and grammar work just to name a few. As you can see, there is never a dull moment at Montessori.

Happy March everyone!