We had a blast at Coppal House Farm!!
Monday, September 19, 2016
(Topics and ideas to discuss with your child about our time at school.)
MOVEMENT BREAKS: What is your favorite movement break?
We have been learning about recognizing when our mind and body needs a break. We have also practiced how to transition into and out of our movement break time. The songs, dances and stretching breaks so far have been: The Sun’s Dance, Rub Your Hands, Time to be a Cloud, Count to 100, Count by 5’s, Dancing Mountain and Pop See Ko.
DAILY 5: What is your favorite part of Daily 5?
What is STAMINA? How do you build stamina?
We have been working hard on building our stamina during independent or Daily 5 time. Expectations are that students pick a spot, get started right away, work or read quietly, and use the whole time. We have reached 6 minutes so far!
The parts of Daily 5 that I have introduced and we have been practicing are: Work on Writing, Word Work, Listen to Reading and Read to Self. The students are doing a fabulous job demonstrating their understanding of expectations!
WRITING: What do you enjoy writing about?
Students have written in their journals about things they can do and things that they like to do. We have also completed a few writing assignments for our “All About Me” Posters!
MATH: What is a school tool that you have use in math?
We have been working on Calendar and Math routines! Some tools we have used are our number line, our SmartPal, dice, and a pattern-block template. We have discussed and practiced counting strategies and telling number stories with 1 more and 1 less.
READING: What are the 3 ways to read a book?
We have practiced the 3 ways to read a book.
1. Read the pictures 2. Read the words 3. Re-tell the story
I have finished assessing all students and have placed them into appropriate groups. (These may change as we get going!) We have practiced working in groups and will do more next week!
Dates to remember:
9/21- Early Release (12:45 Dismissal)
9/22- MSS Open House 6-7:30 pm
9/27- Our trip to Coppal House Farm
9/30- Picture Day!
Thank you all for sending in the BLUE folders each day! Homework will be starting soon. Due to the energy levels by our afternoons; I have held off on sending anything extra home! I hope your child is loving FIRST GRADE as much as I am! I hope to see you all next Thursday night!
All the best,
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
This group of students is AMAZING! I have had such a wonderful week with them. The majority of our time has been spent learning routines, names, how to work as a team, and what my expectations of First Graders are. This group is kind, helpful, considerate, hard working and friendly. They have brought me great joy! The boys and girls should now know that all I expect from them is that they to DO THEIR BEST. Also, that we all make mistakes and mistakes are OK!
The students have taken such pride in our classroom and their work. We have begun the “Daily 5” routine in our room and all children are writing and reading independently and quietly! The boys and girls have done a fabulous job! We are working on building our stamina during “Read to Self” time.
I want to thank you for sending the blue folders back each day! Most of you have returned all of the forms I have sent home, however some are missing. If you have not finished with the paperwork, please try to send it in as soon as possible. Again, I appreciate your attention to all of it! The information you sent back on the “Parents are Partners” form has been helpful. Beginning next week I will be sending home homework assignments. It will be important for your student to have a “Homework Routine” after school.
I hope your child is enjoying our classroom as much as I am! Please don’t hesitate to call (775-8940) and/or write a note or email if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you to all who have donated to our room, I appreciate your generosity!
Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see many of you at our Curriculum Open House on the 22nd of September. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the “Daily 5”, as well as our first grade curriculum and themes.
Thanks for sharing your child with me!