The school year is half-finished and we are now into the 3rd Quarter! The students did some excellent work on The Phantom Tollbooth in the 2nd Quarter, including on the travel brochure they did for the group book report. The persuasive essays were also well-done. The emphases were, 1) to follow the 5-paragraph format with a thesis and three supporting points, 2) have a researched fact for to support each of the three reasons, and 3) practice researching reliable sources and cite them accordingly. It's a good start to their academic career.
In the 3rd quarter the book we will be reading through in class is Tuck Everlasting. Just as with The Sign of the Beaver and The Phantom Tollbooth, we will watch the movie as a class at the end of the quarter (the 2002 version). In writing, the topic will be biographies and every student will have a chance to read a biography on a famous historical figure and report on him or her. Additionally, students have already begun work on a personal memoir and I have been impressed with the amount of care and interest they are showing. In Bible class we have begun a new unit titled Last Days of Judah and will study the historical kings of Judah, especially the connection between those who obeyed God and the benefits they received.
The 3rd Quarter also has some special activities such as Service Week, which will be next week. Grade 5 students will have a chance to participate again with Athletes in Action. In addition, Reading Week begins Feb. 26th and runs until Mar. 2nd. There will be special events each day, including dress-as-a-character, Cat in the Hat day, Guest Reader, and the 5th Grade Read-In. Of course, Missions Month, the Cultural Fair, and Student-Led Conferences all occur in the 3rd Quarter.
Even though it doesn't happen until the end of the school year, now is when we want to start thinking about the Kansai trip at the end of May. There will be an information session this Friday, February 9th at 5:30 in room 306. If you are unable to attend, the information presented at that time will also be sent home with students. We are also looking for parents who are willing to chaperone, although we will not know how many are needed until we know how many students will go on the trip.
Big things are happening! The students have demonstrated positive growth and work habits and I am looking forward to great results from them!