Monday, September 15, 2014

Back in First Grade

Hello everyone!  As you can see, I am back in first grade this year and I couldn't be happier!  We are off to a great start and I am excited to share my year with you.  I will continue to use the Daily 5 structure during my literacy block and I look forward to diving deep into CAFE with my first graders.  My school district has adopted a new math program this year, so it will be a learning process for me as well as all my students and parents.  We will be using Math In Focus.  I am still working on my math block structure, but I will be back with updates about how things are going.

Thank you to all my parents who came out to Curriculum Night.  As all the parents know, I had a technology snafu in the middle of my presentation.  My presentation did not save all of the hard work I put into them, as when I started to show it, only blank slides appeared.  Luckily I saved my presentation as a pdf.  I am posting the presentation you would have seen.  Sorry for the mix-up, but I hope this is helpful for you and it will give you a chance to see the great pictures of the kids.  Enjoy and check back frequently for blog updates!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Beans and more… a review of the past couple weeks!

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable vacation.  I did a lot of house work including painting and washing walls.  Also, my puppy, Sugarplum, got spayed.  She was not such a great patient.  I think she takes after me! HA!  But she is feeling much better and due to get her stitches out this week.  Thanks goodness!  I know I promised these pictures before vacation, but that just never happened, so I apologize.  I hope that the bean plants that we started growing in school have survived and the children will get to see some bean pods and flowers starting to grow.  Starting at the end of this week and next week we will be starting our unit on the Lifecycle of a Butterfly.  The kids are very excited for our caterpillars to arrive.

We are also going to be working with some reader's theater scripts.  Each child will be able to be a part of a play that they will practice for, create characters and settings, and then perform for our class.  This will be informal in front of only the kiddos, but I will be sure to video each performance for your viewing.  Stay tuned!  I look forward to the last 8 weeks I will be spending with your children.  We are really going to be working hard to get ourselves ready to be 1st graders!

Enjoy the pictures!

We enjoyed many different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. We then made our own beanstalks in order to retell the story.  The kids did great!

Planting our Beans in CD cases

Spring into Spring.. with a little Opinion Writing thrown in!

I like spring because….