The first FLEX day was a great big hit as we stretched the boundaries of our brain. The students learned all about Growth Mindset and how to change the way they see failure. Each time we fail our brain grows a little more as we persevere to find success. First graders were then challenged to stack cups as a team without using their hands or bodies. Many cups hit the floor and many strategies were put to the test. Our greatest achievement was that not one student became frustrated or gave up. We will be practicing Growth Mindset everyday with a wall of encouragement to remind us that failure just makes us stronger.
The first graders are off to a fantastic start! We have spent time learning all our classroom rules and procedures and exploring our daily schedule. We have started our educational journey in all subject areas with some review, reading, and projects. This year will be filled with fun and learning so sit back and watch your child grow!
Our field trip was a great success. We started by learning a ton of knowledge at the fire station. First graders were able to tour the station, learn all about the tools firefighter use to save lives, and explore the inside of a real fire truck. A huge thank you to the Amherst Fire Department for having us! Then we walked to the Amherst Library to learn all about their summer reading program and hear some out-of-this-world stories! Thank you for always making SPACE in your schedule for SJS. After the library we walked to the park for lunch and an afternoon filled with exercise, fresh air, and fun! A grand adventure indeed!
The seeds were planted, the sprouts have grown, and now it’s time for them to meet their new home! We had an outdoor adventure today as we filled the planters with dirt and gave our plants soil and sunshine. The vision is taking shape. We are planting today so that others can have a better tomorrow!
First graders had an excellent time learning all about Jerusalem and following in Jesus’s foot steps. They were able to see photographs of where many of the well know events took place and then built a map and city out of blocks to visualize how everything fit together. This was an amazing way to end the season!
First grade has been observing Lent in many different ways this season. We first began with learning about what it means to Pray, Fast, and Give during this time and how at their age they can participate. Students then came up with their very own ideas of how they could take part in these 40 days in a very meaningful way. As a class, we then spent time reflecting as we made our door for Stations of the Cross. Each student wrote one sin that would rest under Jesus and emulated how our sins paved the road that he walked on. We also spent time praying while making individual crosses that would then be put together to create one greater cross. Our Lenten journey will continue throughout the season helping us to grow in our faith.
You can read here, you can read there, you can read a great book anywhere! First graders celebrated Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and kicked off National Reading Month with some very special reading time. They enjoyed reading in many different ways and many different places. We will be focusing on improving our reading skills and, as always, working to create a love for reading and learning!