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Grade 3 - Mrs. Goltsov

Kerry Goltsov

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I have taught 3rd grade for over 10 years.  My son Jake is a graduate of St. Christopher School! My hobbies include reading, traveling, going to the beach in the summer, and spending time with my family.

December News

3G hopes you are having a wonderful holiday season.  We have certainly been busy preparing for Christmas here at school!

Advent is our theme in Religion, and we have been "preparing" for Christmas.  Our bulletin board shows this, and we have discussed things we could do to get ready and truly celebrate the birth of Christ.  We are certainly in the holiday spirit and with all of the activities this month, it is easy to see why!  On Dec. 2, Shopping for Kids took place and there were some wonderful items to purchase.  On Dec. 17, our Pre-K buddy class will join us for a Christmas activity. On Dec. 14, we will present our concert, "Listen to the Angels," with the kindergarten, first, and second grades.  Our Christmas party will be on Dec. 22.  LOTS to do!!

Division is keeping us busy in Math.  We have been relating division and multiplication to help us remember our facts.  Math Bingo and Around the World keeps us on our toes and gets us thinking quickly!  Reviewing at home will reinforce this too.

We just finished Pronouns and are on to Verbs in English.  Our vocabulary is steadily improving as well, as we move through our stories in Reading.  These are making our journal writing much more interesting!  We are becoming experts at finding words in the dictionary too!  A reminder that the diorama book report is due Dec. 21st.

We hope you and your family have a blessed holiday season!  Stay healthy and have fun!  See you in 2011!



November News

Can you believe we are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday already?!  Time sure flies when you are busy!

Third grade has begun multiplication in Math and it is a favorite among the students.  They enjoy competing against each other trying to see who knows it the fastest and "homework is fun now" according to them.  They will be required to study regularly to prepare for pop quizzes and to know the basics in order to move on.  They have been given a fact sheet and a multiplication table as study guides.  Keep practicing!

In Social Studies, there have been many wonderful discussions on our freedoms and why we are lucky to live in the United States.  Citizenship, rights and responsibilities, symbols, cultures, ancestors, and immigrants have been the focus.

Sr. Elizabeth visited us to talk about the Saints and how we can be more like them.  It is truly a great experience for the class to be able to discuss this with her.  They look forward to it each month.

We will meet with our Pre-K buddies this week to do a fun Thanksgiving activity.  3G did a "we are thankful for..." bulletin board which is outside of the classroom.  The result is really cute!

Just a few reminders:

Conferences are scheduled for Tues. Nov. 23rd.

Wednesday Nov. 24th is a half day.  No school 25th and 26th.

The next book report (diorama) is due Dec. 21st.

Have a wonderful holiday!


October News in 3G

Happy Fall!  We have really been busy since school started!  The children are adjusting very nicely to the heavier workload, and are up for some of the harder challenges.

In Language Arts, we have learned a lot about sentence structure, subjects, and predicates, and are practicing these in our Journal writing and Spelling sentences.  We also wrote a creative piece on Fall.  It is on display on the bulletin board outside our classroom.  Our Reading stories the past few weeks have focused on creative thinking and fantasy versus reality.  Long and short vowel sounds have been the task in Phonics.  Our first book report is due on October 29th.  It can be any book the children choose, but has to be at least 100 pages long.  A mobile will be created and hang from the ceiling in our classroom. 

In Religion, we are talking about how to live like the disciples did.  Jesus died for us, so what can we do each day to show Jesus we love Him?  We have been blessed to have Sr. Elizabeth through the Adopted Religious Program.  She has visited us once and will be with us the first Tuesday of each month.

I teach Social Studies to both 3rd grades.  We have been learning about communities around the world.  Comparing communities has taught us that there are a lot of places just like us, while some places are extremely different.  The Eno board and Brainpopjr.com has enriched these lessons with photos and virtual tours of some cities. 

In Math, we have covered place value, regrouping, rounding, and making tens to make adding easier.  We will be moving into subtraction with larger numbers in our next chapter.  I would recommend reviewing basic addition and subtraction facts each night with your child.  This will help when we move on to larger numbers.

Our buddy class this year is Mrs. Landry's Pre-K class.  We will meet with them on Tuesday for snack and a "Tumblebooks" story and then monthly afterwards.

Look for more updates next time. 


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