Classroom Notes – Feb. 21, 2017

I can’t believe we are fast approaching the end of February! When I look ahead at the calendar it it full! We have so many many great learning opportunities coming up! First off, we have Read Across America day on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Thursday March 2nd. We invite you to celebrate our love of reading that afternoon from 2:00 – 2:45. Please join us to make some silly hats and share your favorite Dr. Seuss books. Please RSVP so I can plan accordingly. Then, our next field trip to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks will be on Friday, March 17th. I will only have room for 2 chaperones – so please let me know if you are interested. I will give folks who have not been on a field trip this year priority. This is a fun trip, with a long bus ride and heavy chaperoning. Our PTA funded artist Gina will be rotating back into our room for four more great art lessons in mid March, as well. In April, we will have two visiting programs, Talk About Trees and Oregon Children’s Theater. We have a 3 sessions to learn more about trees, and 5 weeks with our Artists in Residence in which we will Read, Write, and Act. May will bring Art Night on Thursday May 4th, and another science based field trip to Tryon Creek on Monday, May 22. I believe we get 3 chaperones, and again I will give priority to those who have not been yet. Cheers! Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – Feb. 7, 2017

This months Number Corner calendar has multiple patterns and mathematical treats on it. We are looking at three and four sided shapes – learning the names of different kinds of triangles and quadrilaterals! Our nonfiction reading unit has been a lot of fun so far. We are learning to recall details by stopping in the middle and at the end of a book and “putting up a finger” for each thing we can remember. This would be a great thing to help encourage your kiddo to do at home during their nightly reading. In writing, we have just begun to write about nonfiction topics, as well. It would be helpful to talk with your kiddo about things they know about – as we will be writing several of these All About books in the coming month. This Friday is our field trip to see the theater production of Fly Guy. Our bus leaves Lewis at 11:00. We will be eating lunch early about 10:20 in the classroom. Please pack a snack for your kiddo to have upon our return. I know there were a lot of parents who wanted to come on this field trip. I am sorry that we could only have 3. I will try to get the rest of you on our next two field trips in March and May.

Classroom Notes – December 13, 2016

It has been a goofy few weeks with the snow days last weekend the impending snow for this week. I am hoping that we will be here all week but just in case we said goodbye to Erminia who is moving to Forest Grove over Winter break. We will miss her so much!

We’ve been working on some art projects lately. The kids have really enjoyed being creative. They did a fantastic job with their observational drawings. Everyone really took the time to draw what they were seeing. Look for those in the hallway soon!

We’ve also been working on deepening our understanding of place value in math. We did an activity today where the kids had to roll, make, and expand a two-digit number. They did an incredible job. We also had a little fun with a “mystery picture” that involved solving place value problems, as well.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Winter break and I look forward to seeing everyone back here in January!

Cheers!

Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – December 6, 2016

This week we began exploring the writing genre of “How To” books. We talked about how one must be a sort of expert to explain How to do something well. We have a lot of amazing experts in the classroom including a snowman builder, lego builder, an artist that draw fairies, and another that does stick figures, and chefs that can cook pancakes and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We shared our first tries at the genre and realized that we may need to slow down and think carefully about each step and which words we use. It was a lot of fun to write in a new genre.

In reading we are revisiting how to pick a Just Right book. As beginning readers we want to make sure that the books we choose are not too easy or too hard. We use the 5 Finger Rule to check to see how a book fits. Ask you kiddo to tell you about it! Its important because readers make the most progress when they partake in lots of reading at just the right level.

Cheers!

Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – November 29, 2016

I hope everyone had a restful break. It sounded like kids had a lot of fun visiting with family and friends, traveling, and eating great feasts.

The year seems to be flying by! We have just three short weeks until Winter break. In those weeks we will be starting a new writing unit on How to Books, and finishing up our math unit on Understanding Addition & Subtraction. Our current focus is counting by 5’s and 10’s. We just finished making our crab chart to help us with counting by 10’s!

To help with our new writing unit you can talk with your kiddo about things that they know how to do that they could write a book about – like tying their shoes; making a sandwich; playing on a slide; making a soccer goal; making an ice cream sundae; raking the lawn; setting the table, etc.… The goal is for them to write many of these mini-books over the next few weeks so many topics will be helpful!

Cheers!

Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – Nov. 15, 2016

Thank you to everyone who made it to our Fall conferences. It was great to sit down and have a conversation with everyone. It is powerful for teachers to sit with families and look at their strengths, struggles, and progress. They are a sweet bunch of kiddos and I feel lucky to be working with each of them.

This week we have broken up into our Word Work groups. We will be learning three new routines over the next 5 days to do with our word sorts. We will be sorting our words with a partner in a “blind sort”, looking for our word patterns in books, and writing sentences with our words.

In math we have been working on using the number line to help us solve addition and subtraction problems. We will be focusing on counting by 5’s with the help of crabs over the next week, as well as talking about the shapes we see on our November calendar.

Cheers!

Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – October 25, 2016

This week we are learning about pumpkins. We knew quite a bit already, but still have some questions such as, why do they have lines on them? How much can they weigh? How many seeds do they have inside? We started out by reading some fun stories including Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White, and then read a nonfiction book called From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer to learn a little more about how they grow. Still to come is measuring pumpkins, pumpkin poems, and writing facts about pumpkins. In math we are really practicing our number writing and basic addition. We will be looking at and extending patterns later in the week. Many children are asking for homework – we talked about playing games, lots of reading, and writing stories at home are all great ways to get home practice.

Cheers!

Ms. Sarah