This week we started with Math on Friday. We cover Oxford Primary (Countdown Maths series) in class and the girls complete two pages of MEPs at home each week.
The younger group focusing on
- numbers up to 100
- Number sequences/patterns
- Place value
- Addition and subtraction facts (4+8 is the same as 8+4; but 12-8 is not the same as 8-12; a+b=c so a=c-b and b=c-a)
The older group focusing on
- Multiplication facts (5×4 is the same as 4×5)
- Doubling and halving
- Addition and subtraction word problems
As I said before, a lot of their weaknesses are in mental calculations and word problems. We are still practicing skip counting, countdown and “how many more?” type of questions at circle time. (I urge all the parents to do more informal Maths work at home- just give word problems or practice skip counting in 2s, 3s, 5s etc)
We did comprehension work first where we read a story and answered the questions in groups. Then I asked them to rewrite the story in their own words.
We also listened to a story called The Lion and the Goat on Oxford Owl and did the activities there.
This week we did Grammar in English. So we covered:
Weaknesses in language:
One of the ESL tendency I noticed in some of the girls is that, when they read they encounter some words they don’t understand. And they can’t go pass beyond the word unless they are absolutely sure to know what it means. So I explained, even adults don’t know or understand all the words in a book when they read it. But the words surrounding the unknown word should help us to understand the meaning of it. I said to them ” When you read a story and there is always going to be a new word you are not so sure about. But it shouldn’t stop you from understanding the story. You can still understand and later work out the meaning of the word you don’t know”. So we did the following Context Clue Writing worksheet.
Some of the girls just couldn’t grasp the concept of a Noun and a Collective Noun. I explained “Noun is a word that is a name of a place, person, thing or idea” and “pronoun is a word that can replace the noun”. And collective noun is a word that refers to a group of something. I gave examples, demonstrated how to spot nouns and pronouns in stories and how they are used. But a couple of them still struggled with the task here where they had to rewrite the sentences by changing the nouns to pronouns.
We learned the following two topics this week.
Food we eat:
- Vitamins and minerals that come from fruits and vegetables
- Protein and Carbohydrate
- Calcium makes our bones strong and comes from dairy products
- Healthy food VS Junk food
Housing and Clothing around the world
- Houses and clothes can be different depending on the weather and climate of a specific region
- Some types of houses are: Stilt (in rainy regions), igloo (in cold regions), tents (in hot regions), sloped roof houses, caravans etc
- Materials used to make a house: bricks, cement, steel, glass, wood
- Clothes vary depending on region, season and culture of people
- Materials used to make clothes: cotton, wool and plastic
Alhamdulillah, they all enjoy Science and do all the activities with so much pleasure and passion. This week they designed their own Healthy Plate by choosing variety of food groups from Food Pyramid. They also discussed the types of houses, which kind of a house they wanted to own and wrote answers to some questions.
Fun Friday Activity
We had another picnic in the park and everyone loved it. It was only a short visit as we finished classes at 12:20pm and they all asked to stay a bit longer. Good thing about going to park at this time on Friday is that it is empty. There is rarely anyone around so they had races and went on the swings (usually my kids never get a turn when we go in the evenings, nobody has a concept of queue or freeing up public space for others to use). Some girls go to gymnastics straight after the class, so they were practicing cartwheels and star jumps etc
- Minimum two pages from MEPs
- Go over the worksheets and further explain what a noun, collective noun and a pronoun is.
- Read a story and group a) write one thing you remember from the story; group b) rewrite it in your own words (Focus is on summarize the key ideas/events and sequencing)
- Identify nouns/pronouns in your own writing above. Underline nouns and circle pronouns
- Talk about the type of a house you want to live in the future