I hope everyone had a restful, fun Thanksgiving! The children were so excited to see each other again Monday! It was as if they had been away from each other for months!
I want to clarify the landform picture homework. What I would like is any photograph you have of your child near a landform, like a mountain, hill, or at a body of water. I shared pictures from my childhood of me in the mountains, although they are convinced I was standing on a cliff, and at the Grand Canyon. We saw a movie that had many different landforms in it, even glaciers adn volcanoes. They loved this movie! They really did ooooh and ahhhh at the pictures. Anyone coming up with a picture of their child on a glacier will receive extra credit because many of them said they had been on a glacier!!! I would like to make a class book of landforms, with definitions along with pictures. I'm sure this book would be well-loved and read often if I have pictures with familiar faces in it!
Just a reminder that Thursday is picture retake day.
I promised the children a 100's chart of their own. I will send it home later this week.
Buyers are now putting their own pin number in the computer in the cafeteria when they buy lunch. We have cards for them with their number on it so they can remember and put it in accurately. Mrs. Gibson collects the cards and puts them in an envelope to give back to us each day so they are secure. I'll send home a copy of the computer pad they use in the cafeteria along with your child's pin number, so they can practice putting in their number at home.
We are working on staying focused and getting back into the school routine. I had to talk pretty firmly to the class several times today because they were not looking and listening, and in fact some of them were playing around, when teachers were talking to them. I want you to be aware of this in case your child comes home without a sticker on their calendar. I'll be sure to write a note letting you know what they were doing instead of paying attention and being ready to learn.
Be sure to ask your children about The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, by Timothy Basil Ering. It's one of my favorites and is a lot of fun to read.
Our website will be updated over the next few days, so be sure to check back in and see what is happening this quarter!
There will be no ahomework this week other than Read to Me, Talk to Me. We have started learning about seeds and will be observing different things growing in our classroom. We have added some different activities in our literacy stations, and opening the Tell It Again station. The Tell It Again Station helps children retell stories and tell stories with wordless picture books. They really enjoyed telling some frog stories with Mercer Mayer's Frog and Boy wordless picture books.
Friday at lunch students will be rewarded for the Read-a-Thon with pizza. All students may have pizza provided by the PTA. Children who choose to have pizza need to bring their own drink.
Miss Wolfe, signing off!
We played catch-up this afternoon after having a fire drill this morning so we didn't have enough time to pass out our Read to Me, Talk to Me books. Look for the books in your child's backpack tomorrow!
Miss Wolfe signing off!
We are writing about memories in Writing Workshop. We read the story Big Mama's by Donald Crews and were surprised at the end to see the author at the end of the book. Donald Crews shared a memory about visiting his grandparents in the summer. Today we thought of a special memory and began writing a book about it. We thought about what would be at the beginning of our story, the middle and the end. Some kids had trouble understanding what a memory was and wanted to write about things that were going to happen soon. Looking through pictures of special times might be a good way to reinforce their understanding of a memory and talking about it will help them with their storytelling. Telling stories from pictures is a great way to help beginning writers. I shared two pictures of my me with my sister and brother in the mountains in a jeep, and once they got over how old the picture looked, I think just maybe they began to believe it was really me in the picture! Then, I began writing my memory using those pictures as my inspiration.
~Miss Wolfe signing off
Today we finished up our testing in math! The kids did a great job. We will continue to work with numbers and their relationships.
In the computer lab today, we used a new program called Type to Learn. This program helps us learn about the keyboard. We learned where "Home Position" is on the keyboard. We practiced using the letters in "Home Position" and used the space bar with our thumb. We know we need to curve our fingers to hit the keys.
We are bringing home postcards we made in Social Studies today. We are beginning a project called "The Postcard Project." We will each send out at least four postcards to family and friends across the United States and even the world. We are asking for them to send us a postcard back. We need out families to cut apart the four postcards, address them, and put postage on them. If you would like to send out more than four postcards, please just let me know and I will send you more postcards!
We had a great, busy day and Miss Wolfe is so proud of our progress!
Miss Wolfe's Kinders signing off!
This is a busy, short week for us! We are doing some end of the quarter testing in math and reading. We learned about making compliments yesterday with Heidi Klum and Elmo. Compliments are important when we are working with our writing partners. When we compliment our partner for something they are doing well, they may do it more often! Our lesson about compliments must have been especially memorable because today when a repairman came to fix our Promethean Board, he was rewarded with many compliments such as "you're a genius" and "you're brilliant", and of course many thank-yous.
Today in music we sang and did a partner dance. We worked hard, listened to Mrs. Vinson, and earned 20 points for having a really great class!