Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week Two!

Hello Families

The students and I had another great week! A few things that I wanted to share:

-We continued our work on creating a caring learning environment by using our hopes for the year to create our classroom rules. They basically fall into three important ones: 1. Take care of yourself. 2. Take care of each other. 3. Take care of our classroom.

-We started homework this past week in math. The students and I discussed good homework habits and strategies. Please know it should be a positive experience and take about ten minutes. We will talk about homework a bit more at open house.

-During writing time, we decorated our notebooks (please feel free to still send in photos with your child for them to use) to help generate memories that are important to each of us. We also read some great books to help us start collecting small moment memories about special people and places.

-This Tuesday the third and fourth grade will be taking the MAP reading assessment. This is used as the school's universal screener for providing support for students. Next week we will have the math MAP. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the MAP.

Friday, September 11, 2015

A great first week!

What a great first week! The students and I have had so much fun getting to know one another in these first few days.

This week we had morning meetings where we worked on learning names and found out things we might have in common with each other. We played games that helped us build a classroom community that feels safe and friendly.

During the week we had some great read alouds:

In math we had exploration time with some of the materials such as shape templates and pattern blocks. We also worked on reviewing some math skills from second grade.

This week we explored the classroom library, discussed how to choose "just right" books, and shared what types of books we enjoy reading with each other.

During writing time, we created poems about ourselves and will draw self portraits next week to go along with them. They will be in the hallway for everyone to admire a bit later! Today we worked on creating some hopes and dreams we have for ourselves this school year. We will turn those into goals we can work on.

Each day we end our time together in a closing circle to say goodbye and reflect on different things. Mostly, we share about positives throughout the day or hopes for tomorrow. It's a wonderful way to end the day.

I'm looking forward to week two!!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome Third Graders!

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are getting excited to start school soon. My summer was filled with spending time with my one year old daughter, Jocelyn. We had beach adventures, road trips and fun playing with our golden retriever Grady.

I hope to meet many of you at the Family Drop-In Day, Thursday, September 3rd from 9:30-10:30. Our room is 205 in the purple hallway.This a great opportunity to meet classmates, see our classroom space and meet me. Also, it's a good idea to bring in your school supplies too. In case you need our supply list, just click on the link on our website under school supplies.

Enjoy your last days of summer and I will see you soon!