February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Red, white, pink, flowers, candy, chocolate, cards, hearts, a saint? What comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day? How do you celebrate the day, if you do? Do you have a special dinner? Do you show your love to those who are close to you? Check out the quote below from NationalGeographicKids.com to learn about St. Valentine.

The holiday we know today got its name from a man named Valentine. While a few different stories are told about what he did to inspire the holiday, many people believe he’s celebrated for his role as a Roman priest who helped couples secretly get married.

As the story goes, Emperor Claudius II of Rome—who reigned from the year 268 A.D. to 270 A.D.—banned marriage because he thought unmarried men made better soldiers. Valentine thought this was unfair and decided to break the rules and perform marriages anyway. He kept the ceremonies quiet, but he was eventually caught and later killed on February 14 of the year 270 for defying the emperor. Right before he died, Valentine supposedly wrote the first-ever “valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, with whom he’d fallen in love. Later, in the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I declared the day of his death as St. Valentine’s Day.

Click here to learn even more about Valentine’s Day.

It is clear that students in our class get very excited to pass out their Valentines and share some treats with one another. Check out our activity from this morning. Along with our treat bags, we spent time making cards with our Reading Buddies, and doing some activities such as unscrambling words, a word search, and solving a Valentine’s Day cryptic puzzle.

February 6

Mystery Reader…revealed!

Today, we were delighted to welcome another mystery reader to our classroom … Mrs. H! She chose to read a wonderful story called The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell. 

It is a story where the main characters are Mooch the cat and Earl the dog. Mooch wants to buy his friend a gift, but Earl already has everything! Money can buy many things, but as we discussed, there’s one thing money can’t buy, and that is love, friendship, and happiness. Can you guess what Mooch ended up wrapping up in a box for his friend, Earl?

A big thank-you to Mrs. H for her fantastic reading and spending time with us today. We are grateful!

January 18

Our New Reading Buddies

We wrote a letter to our principal, trying to persuade him to allow us to have pets in our class. Suddenly, and out of the blue, we had a delivery of some other special pets that needed a new home. We were introduced to our very own pets that we would learn we would be adopting!

Amazingly, there just happened to be 23 pets needing adopting and each had a tag on it with a message and the pet’s name.

Every student selected their new reading buddy. Adoption certificates to go home next week 🙂 Students may choose to take them home, bring to school, but the only requirement is to read to them–20 minutes a day which will make our pets happy.

Happy Reading!

 

January 15

Nonfiction Reading

We have launched into our nonfiction reading unit where we are learning the difference between fiction and nonfiction text. We brainstormed what we know about nonfiction and how it differs from the chapter books we often read in class.

We know a lot about nonfiction already! Here is what we brainstormed:

We are learning to ‘stop and jot‘ some of our thinking as we read. Afterwards, we often share it within a small group so others benefit from our reading, too! When sharing some neat things about what we read, we are learning to show the book ‘like a teacher’ and ensure our teammates can see the page we are talking about.

What is something you’re interested in learning more about?

January 8

New Year, New Opportunities!

Welcome to the new decade! We’re feeling invigorated and ready to launch back into learning in our classroom with a few personal and school-related goals.

We began our Monday morning with having a great discussion about what we want MORE of and LESS of in our class.

We made our own personal ideas with goal setting, too, and we have them posted in our class as a reminder.

Welcome back, everyone!

New Year=New Goals

New Year=New Books in our Class Library

What are you looking forward to the most in the year ahead?

 

December 20

Merry Christmas!

It is a bit hard to believe we have arrived at the Christmas holidays. Where has time gone?

We spent some time in our class recently discussing the true meaning of Christmas and why it’s so important to keep the Christ in Christmas. What is this time of year REALLY about? How do we stay connected with God when things are so hectic all around us?It’s important to slow down and be mindful of the true reason for the season.

I hope you and your families have a joyous Christmas together, surrounded by good food and lots of love.

We will see each other and connect again in the new year.

Warmly,

Mrs. R. Sullivan

 

December 20

Reading into the Holidays

On Thursday, students had fun with our Book Swap game, taking turns carefully selecting a book from the pile and hoping no one else “steals” their book. You may have played a game like this before. In our class, we are only allowed to steal twice and then you MUST pick from the pile.

We began by picking a number out of a hat and if you were lucky enough to pick the highest number, you got to pick last! This meant you got to pick any book you wanted out of all of them. Yahoo!

All in all, it was a fun time filled with excitement and lots of energy. We all opened our books once the game had ended and made a good mess of all the wrapping paper. Ha!

Books don’t just go with you, they take you where you’ve never been.
– Anonymous

Do you have any books on your Christmas wish list this year?

What will you be reading over the Christmas break?

 

December 18

December Musings

As our time together comes to a close in the next few days, there has been a lot going on in our classroom. There’s certainly never a dull moment in Gr.3/4!

From Tangrams to conducting surveys to watching Cinderella to understanding symmetry, there’s been lots of activity! Please have a peek at what’s kept us moving forward for the past few weeks. Click on a photo to enlarge.

 

December 16

3rd Week of Advent–Joy

Today, we gathered once again as a faith community in our gym where Mrs. Rudy’s class led our school in a beautiful liturgy. There was singing, praying, and most of all, celebrating the fact that as we light the PINK candle, we are reminded there is only 1 more Sunday before Christ’s birthday. We light a pink candle because it is the liturgical color for joy.

Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of our Saviour.

How can we prepare our hearts for Him?

What would Jesus want us to do for others at this time?