Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mechanics Hard at Work!

We are well into our Transportation unit and the kids have become true mechanics, working tirelessly to create some amazing box cars! After reading the book If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen, the K-Kids had some major creative juices flowing as they began the design process. We started by discussing the special features we each wanted to add to our cars and then drawing our blueprints depicting each of these features for both the inside and outside of our car. Next, we began building our cars and inspiration continued to strike as we added a variety of features. By the end of the week, many of us are getting close to finishing most features on our cars and we cannot wait to share these at the auto show on Wednesday afternoon! 

We also finished up our literacy and math workstations this week, and the K-Kids continue to enjoy the challenge of addition and subtraction. We have started learning about nouns and how to name various nouns. We have also continued our exploration of h-brothers in 'th,' 'sh,' 'wh,' and 'ch.' We continue to identify words that start with these sounds and are beginning to notice some of these sounds in the middle of words as well. 



This week on the blog you will notice all of the pictures dating back to Grandparent's Day. I hope you enjoy looking through all of them! 
Sunday, December 4, 2016

Things that Go!

We are moving and grooving just like the trains, cars, boats, and hot air balloons we have been discussing this week. The K-Kids are enjoying our transportation unit and come in each day ready to discuss what vehicles they see on the way to school. I am so inspired by the way this group of kids takes our classroom content and pushes me to further explore different arenas I had never even thought about! This week we will have to have a discussion on monster trucks and airplanes due to some classroom curiosity. This is truly one of my favorite aspects of teaching!

Language Arts:
Our Transportation literacy work stations are on the move. As the year progresses, our work stations are running incredibly well and the kids are working to become independent, even as the skills become more and more difficult. We are not only working on the language arts skills attached to each station, but also the independence skills necessary for success in first grade. This week we have taken all of our phonemic awareness skills to a new level. There have been writing components added to many stations, and we continue to focus on a variety of phonemic skills to help us become strong readers/writers. Each of these stations is differentiated for the group completing the activity that day so while the activity may look the same, the materials/words/difficulty level is different. 

Math:
We also started our math transportation work stations this past week. Similar to our literacy work stations, the K-Kids have made a great deal of progress since the beginning of the year in both their independence level and their overall math abilities. Most of us are now consistently skip counting by 10's and working on our 5's, which helps greatly while solving math problems and understanding place value. Skip counting is always a great skill to practice at home (or in the car)! We are also working on addition and subtraction skills. Both of these operations have a number of strategies I have encouraged the K-Kids to use while completing the operation. For example, our addition strategies are: *Use Fingers *Draw a Picture *Use a Number Line *Use Manipulatives *Count On  If you are practicing addition/subtraction at home and you find that your K-Kid needs some help, encourage him/her to use one of these strategies. 

Writing:
This past week we finished up our third Writer's Workshop 'How To' unit. This upcoming week we will begin our next unit of writing, which focuses on 'Writing for a Reason.' In this unit we will work on writing to teach our reader something, writing to persuade our reader about something, and writing to give information.

Social Studies: 
This week we also began the planning process for our box cars. Starting with the outside models of our cars the K-Kids worked to draw and label all of the features they wanted to add once we start building this upcoming week. I can't wait to see what the kiddos come up with!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Let's be HEALTHY!

We have finished up our Healthy Body unit and the kids had so much fun with our weeklong project!

We continued our study of the skeletal system, and the K-Kids loved walking stiffly around the room pretending their spine was one long bone instead of the vertebrae it's actually made of. 

Next, we moved onto our cardiovascular/respiratory system, exploring how the heart and lungs work. We learned that the heart pumps blood filled with oxygen out to all different parts of the body through the arteries and works as a partner with the lungs to make sure that each part of our body is getting the oxygen it needs. We also learned that after dropping off the oxygen, blood travels back through the veins to revisit the heart and lungs to pick up more oxygen. Truly magnificent! We did a quick experiment to test how hard our heart has to work when we are moving faster, by checking our pulse, running in place for 30 seconds, then counting our pulse again. We were so impressed to see how much faster our heart was working after we ran for a short amount of time and quickly connected the idea that this was helping to “exercise our heart muscle!”  

Lastly, we discussed the brain. Without the brain, we would not be able to do anything! We discussed the three parts of the brain (Thanks to Erin's mom!) and how they work together to help each part of our body function. We talked about how the brain controls each of our senses and also how our brain is always working, even when we aren't thinking about it!

Although all of this was so fun and incredibly interesting, the best part of this week (by far!) were the life size healthy bodies we created! We started with the skeletal system, adding in a majority of the 206 bones. Next, we added our brains, to ensure that our healthy bodies could think, of course! After this, we added many of our bodies organs (mainly the digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems) to show what our insides look like. After adding the organs, we drew red and blue lines to illustrate arteries and veins. I hope you have time to check them out in the hallway this week!

There will not be a blog post next week due to Grandparent's Day and Thanksgiving. Have a great and safe break!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Building Strong, Healthy Bodies!

This week we began our Healthy Bodies unit, focusing mainly on nutrition and the digestive system. Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be exploring the circulatory system and the skeletal system, along with aspects from the nervous system, the respiratory system, and the muscular system. The kids were very interested in learning about the different 'food teams' this week, and each day at lunch I heard comments like, "I am eating from the protein team!" and "I still have to take bites from the grain team and the fruit team!"

Language Arts:
 We are taking a slight break from literacy stations this week to really give our Healthy Body unit a great deal of focus. Occasionally throughout the year, it's important to put our normal routine on the back burner and fully dive into our thematic unit. This is one of those times! There is so much 'real-world' learning that can take place as we discuss the Healthy Body unit that I love to give it as much time as possible. You will continue to see books come home, as we are making sure to still conduct reading groups. 

Math:
We also completed math work stations that relate to our healthy body theme. Many of the games introduced this week introduced the idea of representing data on various graphs/charts. Using spinners, cards and dice the K-Kids worked to show information in different visual ways. In our whole group math partners, we also worked on different addition strategies, looking at more effective ways to use our fingers, use manipulatives, or use self-made pictures to solve equations. 

Science:
This week's discussion on the skeletal system and eating healthy led to some great science information. We discussed how our bones are actually alive inside of our bodies! We also learned that a new baby has 300 bones but adults only have 206! We talked about the smallest bones in our body (inside our ear) and the largest bone (our femur). We also began creating our skeletal system for our own life size body replicas, which will be our big project this week!

Our other main science focus this week was nutrition and eating healthy. We talked about the negative impacts of sugar (although it tastes delicious!) and how the healthiest way to eat is by eating the rainbow and including protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and grains. We talked about different foods that fit into each category and looked at a 'healthy plate!' 

Social Studies:
We have continued having our class meetings to incorporate The Leader in Me Habits for Happy Kids. We have reached Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. This is a tricky habit, but focuses mainly on listening first to understand before you jump right into the conversation. This habit teaches us to listen with our eyes, ears, and heart allowing us to best comprehend what our parents/friends/teachers/etc. are telling us. This habit encourages us not to interrupt and to instead wait until the other person has finished speaking. We will continue working on this habit this upcoming week!

Writing:
This week we began our 'How To' unit of writing. The K-Kids have discussed ideas of what we are all 'experts' in and the list stretched from "swimming," "reading," and "writing" to "taking care of pets," "being a good friend," and "acting kind." We have discussed how to talk about the steps your reader will need to best understand how to complete a certain task. I always love reading these stories!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

If I were President

This week we worked to finish up our unit on the election, focusing on the three branches of government and what each one does. The K-Kids were interested to hear about 'veto' power and how the president has to work with many other groups of people to get things done. As the election approaches this week we will all be watching to see what happens. 

Language Arts: 
This week we finished up another rotation of literacy stations. As I am continuously assessing the K-Kids, and meeting with you for conferences, it was so interesting to see how far they have already come. I cannot believe we have already had 2 full months of school and I have a group of 16 readers on my hands! As our stations continue throughout the year, we will continue to focus on various phonic, phonemic, reading, and writing skills that will best prepare them to develop a true love of reading and writing. 

Math: 
We also finished up our math work stations this week, where many of the K-Kids are working to order/compare two-digit numbers, complete addition/subtraction skills, and started Moby Max. Moby Max is a great website where the K-Kids are able to work on math skills at his/her own level. I have them working on iPads to complete the various math lessons, but there is access on the computer as well. If you would like to do Moby Max with your K-Kid at home, simply have them login using their first name as both the username and password (creative I know!). Moby Max changes the difficulty of the content based on how the student solves problems. 

Science:
This week we continued our Pumpkin Jack science experiment, which is already showing some signs of change. In just a couple weeks he will truly be DISGUSTING! We also were able to travel up to Mrs. Shower's Biology Lab to conduct some spooky science with the high schoolers. This is always a treat! 

Social Studies: 
To round out the week, many of our class discussions that took place talked about what happens in Washington D.C. and the upcoming election. Many of the K-Kids have been hearing your conversations at home and have developed some strong ties to the election. It looks like we have our hands full with many tiny advocates! I love the see the determination! In the hallway, you will see the K-Kids pitches for what they would do if they were elected president. 

See you tomorrow! 
 
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Can I be President?

We have begun a new unit that I only teach every four years, the election! This year has provided quite the political lesson for our K-Kids and we have had many interesting conversations this past week. We will continue our election unit into next week, discussing the branches of government and how someone can become president. We will even create our own political pitches! 

We also had so much fun on our first field trip and at Carnival!

Language Arts:
Our new literacy stations have allowed students to continue phonic exploration at his/her own reading level. It has been truly fascinating how much growth we have already seen in the first two full months of school! We have an entire class of readers, writers, and most importantly, hard workers! The K-Kids are working on their rhyming, phonemic awareness skills, and overall comprehension of reading. Way to go K-Kids!

Math:
We started new math stations this week, many of which focus on continuing to build our number sense, graphing, addition, and subtraction. The K-Kids are continuing to blow me away with their ability to take in new math information and think critically as they apply this new knowledge to other stations. We have also been utilizing Ms. Wahl during math to help better enrich the math needs for all students.  

Science:
We met Pumpkin Jack this week, who will be spending the next 3 weeks in our classroom. Pumpkin Jack is a Jack-o-lantern who we have carved and placed in a big plastic bag. We will watch him change and make observations in our science journals. This is always an exciting science project for the K-Kids. 

Social Studies:
This past week we had lots of class discussions about what the president does. The K-Kids have discussed what they think the president does all day, which includes (but is not limited to): "Goes on TV." "Has lots of meetings with important people." "Gets dressed fancy to give work speeches." We discussed where the president lives and how the president surrounds him/herself with a group of important people called the 'cabinet.' This week we will hold our own classroom elections!

Writing:
We are about to finish our second writing unit of the year. We have worked hard on our smartie spelling skills, making our stories come alive, and adding detail into both our writing and our illustrations. Next week we will begin our How-To Writing Unit. 
Sunday, October 23, 2016

So Long Arachnids!

We had a fantastic week finishing up our spider unit. The K-Kids helped share all of the 'new information' and we added this to our schema chart. You will find all of our learning outside in the hallway underneath our giant spider web!

Language Arts:
As we finished up our language arts stations, the K-Kids are beginning to show a great deal of interest in reading all of the things around them. I have overheard many of them reading from bulletin boards and posters from around the school. I have also noticed a great deal of teamwork, specifically as we have continued talking about The Leader in Me. The K-Kids are problem solving when issues should arise, and they are extremely proud to share with us how they came to "think win-win" (more on this later!). 

Math:
We also completed our math stations this week, which allowed us to do a lot of work demonstrating our number sense. We discussed greater and fewer, and realized that we have to look at the whole 2-digit number before we can figure out which number is bigger or smaller. We have also begun discussing how to compose and decompose various numbers. The K-Kids have started to realize that there are many different ways to make our numbers. For example, 4 is 0+4, 4+0, 1+3, 3+1, and 2+2! We like to act like number detectives to figure out all of the various solutions. 

Science:
As we finished up our spider unit, we charted the facts we had learned about spiders. We focused on two main catergories: 'Spiders have' and 'Spiders are.' The K-Kids helped me distinguish which facts went under a certain category and which facts were not even about spiders! Next, we selected the two facts that most interested us and each kiddo wrote down his/her facts. These are on display under our self made spiders on the big spiderweb in the hallway. We also took a 'Roycemore Field Trip' and visited the HUGE spiders and their webs hanging out in the corner of our playground. 

Writer's Workshop:
As we continue through our second unit of Writer's Workshop, we have focused on how to make our stories come alive for the reader. We are working on putting emotions into our illustrations, adding in speech bubbles, and other various ways to help our reader jump into our writing. I have loved watching our smartie spelling develop. Remember, spelling is a process. The most important thing you can do at home to help your K-Kid is encourage them to write and spell independently! Praise them when you see any writing, even if the letters don't match up with what they are saying! This is part of the writing process in K. 

Social Studies: 
This week we focused on our fourth habit for happy kids. Think Win-Win allows us to comprehend how to compromise and work with our friends to make sure that everyone leaves the disagreement happy. I hope you are using our Leader in Me language at home to promote positive "leader" behavior! Also, we learned how to say sorry the K-Way this week. Here are the steps: 1. I'm sorry for ________. 2. It was wrong because _______. 3. Next time I will ________. 4. Is there anything else I can do for you? Feel free to use this 'way to apologize' at home! 


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cephalothorax, Abdomen, Exoskeleton OH MY!

What an excellent week we had continuing our spider unit. The K-Kids have loved talking about spiders so much that I have decided to continue this unit for one more week. We still have so many questions about trap-door spiders, balloonists, and spiders' predators. 

Language Arts: This week we started to wrap up our spider literacy work stations. One of our favorites remains the writing station, where we are challenged to write stories, lists, or label pictures each week. As time goes on, I will continue pushing students to watch those tall vs. short letters, letter-word spacing, and proper punctuation. We continue working on initial, middle, and final sounds in one of our literacy work stations, challenging ourselves to make a guess at the sounds we hear before checking our work. Each week the K-Kids' skills get stronger and stronger. Also, we continue working in our listening station, where students listen to a story (while following along in the book) and complete various activities to show comprehension.

Math: We have also continued our spider math centers this week. I have been challenging the kids to look at the patterning they will notice in numbers. For example, as we count by 5's during calendar time to note the number of days we have been in school, I point out the way the numbers end in 5 or 0 in an AB pattern. I encourage you to talk about these patterns with your kids as they are counting items, sorting items, or playing at home. Children are always looking to make sense of their world and one way they do this is by making patterns and sorting (often subconsciously!).


Science: This week we continued our study of spiders, which lends itself nice to some natural science lessons. We explored various types of spider hunters. Did you know that some spiders don't even use their webs to make food?! Learning about different kinds of hunting spiders really intrigued the K-Kids. Also, we loved learning about the way spiders molt their skin to reveal a new exoskeleton. 

Writing: We continue to work during Writer's Workshop every day in the classroom. The kids have been working hard to write their extremely creative stories using different ideas we discuss during the mini-lesson each day. This week we discussed many things. First, we looked at what to do when we re-read our pages and notice we have missed a word. We discussed how to use a caret to add in missing words and we also began focusing on 'planning out' our writing before we just get started. Lastly, we talked about drawing our pictures from different perspectives and making our stories come alive for all who read them.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
We have had such a fabulous week beginning all of our spider literacy and math workstations. It was quite encouraging as I watched the kids work together in their partnerships, solving problems, discussing new topics, and making connections to old workstations we have completed. Below is a recap of our week's activities.

Language Arts: We have introduced 9 new literacy workstations to the kiddos this week. This K Class has loved the challenge of various phonemic awareness skills. They are quickly learning how to identify the various parts in words and I am loving my opportunity to teach so many fantastic readers! Another exciting new workstation this week was a game called "Spider Snack" where each child took a turn hiding two flies behind rhyming words while their partner tried to find Little Spider's snack of flies. I loved hearing the giggles coming from the pocket chart area.

Math: We have continued building our number sense in math stations, guided groups, and with math journals. I have loved watching the K-Kids create various pictures and number sentences to show their thinking while solving various story problems. We have also started our new math workstations. This week, many of our stations focus on identifying the number that is greater or fewer. While this is easy with single-digit numbers, it gets a bit more confusing with double-digit numbers. While looking at double-digit numbers, it's easy to make mistakes by simply looking at the one's column. By the end of the week it turned out that while my initial goal was to explore and manipulate greater or fewer amounts, this led to a great discussion of place value. 

Social Studies: We continue to focus on our Leader in Me habits as a way to personalize our ability to become happy leaders in and out of the classroom. I am hoping you are noticing some positive changes at home! Please remember to ask your K-Kids how they show the following habits: 1. Be Proactive 2. Begin with the end in mind 3. Put first things first. This week we also started our 5 week Junior Achievement program. The JA program helps teach us various aspects of our community, such as neighborhoods, families, leadership, etc. 



Writing: Each child continues to work on story writing during Writer's Workshop, and this week we introduced the idea of making our stories come alive. The K-Kids have been working very diligently during Writer's Workshop, stretching out sounds and creating stories about everything from travel to family celebrations to neighborhood exploration. I have loved working with each child independently to grow and his/her own pace throughout the writing process.
Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Harvest Happenings

This week we finished up our Fall Harvest unit and the kids loved finishing our comparisons between all of the Fall fruits and vegetables. We made observations with sweet potatoes, pumpkins, potatoes, apples, and squash, looking at both the inside and outside of each. The kids really put on their 'scientist' caps as they explored each fruit/veggie and made observations. 


We also finished up another round of literacy work stations based on the Fall Harvest activities. We have worked really hard this week in both the writing station and in a variety of games that tackle our phonemic awareness. As you are reading or playing with your child see if he/she can isolate the initial, middle, and ending sound in simple words. The past few weeks each partnership also worked on different rhyming games and many of them are becoming pros!


As we continue trucking along with our math program, you may hear your kiddos talking about some addition and subtraction we have been doing in the classroom. We have also been working on 'counting with our eyes' and finding new ways to build different numbers. For example, the number 6 can be made with 6+0, 0+6, 1+5, 5+1, 4+2, 2+4, and 3+3. This is a fantastic number sense concept that we will work on all year long! We also learned about the +, - , and =. Our last big math discussion this week focused on the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. Ask your K-Kid to explain what makes them different at home! Also, see if you can find any 3d or 2d items at home. 


This week in Writer's Workshop we began writing our first books as we continued into our second writing unit of the year. We read a book called BigMama's by Donald Crews, which tells the story of a young boy going to visit his grandmother's house. At the end of the story you find out that the young boy is now an adult and he has been retelling this story from his childhood. The K-Kids have made many connections to this book and have used Donald Crews as an inspiration as they start their own stories. The kids have absolutely blown me away with their interest in writing, and it is quickly becoming our favorite part of the day. We have built our stamina up to 20 minutes of silent writing time each day, which allows me to conference (meet) with 2-4 kids each day to discuss various independent writing strategies. As time moves on, the kids will be working at his or her own pace to write each story. 

Next week we will start our spider unit! Can't wait to discuss these creepy crawlies!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fall is Here!

We had a blast this week beginning our Fall Harvest unit. We began this unit by discussing our 'schema' related to Fall fruits and vegetables. The K-Kids came up with quite a list of facts they already knew. Next, we had a big discussion about what 'Harvest' actually means! Many of the K-Kids made connections to visiting the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, etc. and were enjoying telling us stories of their adventures. Next, we put on our 'scientist' caps to begin making observations about the outside of each fruit/veggie. We even charted our observations! Remember, writing is just 'telling on paper!' at this point, so writing and drawing helped get our message across. Next week, we will cut open each fruit/veggie to make similar observations for the inside. 

We are now going through our typical daily routine of literacy and math workstations, and the kiddos are moving quickly through our transitions. I have loved meeting with each group during guided reading and math groups, and I have already seen so much progress! I hope you enjoy hearing your kids read the books that have been coming home. Remember that often they have read these books with me multiple times, so for the beginning of the year it should be fairly easy. That being said, I will NOT send books home until I feel like they have  had adequate time to spend with the story. Please understand that books may not be coming home every time your child's reading group meets. I cannot wait to watch these K-Kids soar!

We have also continued doing Writer's Workshop each day and this week finished our first unit. I will be holding onto all of the K-Kid writing throughout the year and in May you will have quite the folder of stories to take home. I have been 'conferencing' one-on-one with each K-Kid to challenge them while writing in a way that makes sense for his/her individual writing strengths. The kids are working hard on stretching out sounds and writing letters/words/sentences that make sense for the reader. The best part of Writer's Workshop is that each child is allowed to work at his/her own pace. The kids' are doing a nice job of monitoring the writing they do each day, and letting me know if they are going to 'keep working on it' or if they are 'all done.' This is another way we strive to encourage independence. 

We have also begun introducing our Leader in Me character/leadership program. The past few weeks we have focused on the first two habits for happy kids. 1. Be Proactive reminds us that we should do the right thing even when no one is watching. It also reminds us that we are in charge of our own moods, feelings, and attitudes. The K-Kids have worked hard to be proactive the last few weeks taking care of themselves, their friends, and our classroom. 2. Begin with the end in mind reminds us about goal-setting. We should strive to achieve our goals and think about cause and effect when making decisions. As we continue learning and emphasizing different habits, you will see these posted on the cubbies.

The last thing we did this week was create a class promise. Hanging on our classroom door you will find the things we promise to do this year, which includes: "We promise to always do our best." "We promise to listen and care for ourselves and others." "We promise to make mistakes and work through them." These promises will help shape our behavior all year long and you are more than welcome to use these at home!

This week we will continue our Fall Harvest stations and I can't wait for another great week!
Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Monster Teacher Loves Me So

We had a fabulous week finishing up our monster unit. We have now mastered the routine of both literacy and math work stations, and get right to work when it's time for these each day. We introduced both our listening station and our writing station, which led to some super collaboration amongst the kids.

We love working with our partners on the various activities, and have been using all of our problem solving skills to work through any conflicts that may arise. This past week, I began calling over formal guided reading groups and guided math groups. All of you should have seen a book come home, as we have a full class of readers! Each week, I will meet with every math and guided reading group 2-3 times to do some more individualized instruction at each student's appropriate level. I can't wait to watch these K-Kids soar!

We have begun three various journals as well. In our math journals, we focus on a different story problem each day to get the K-Kids comfortable with comprehending and solving various math skills. In our poetry journals, we look at a poem each week and focus on various reading and phonics skills. Finally, in our language journals we complete our readers' workshop activities. Using a book to study each week there are a variety of comprehension strategies that we will discuss each day. 

In Writer's Workshop, we have continued working on stretching out our sounds and we are loving building our writing stamina. Did you know that writer's need to build their writing muscles?! We also read a funny story called The Best Story Ever by Eileen Spinelli, to help us focus on discovering a writing topic. The K-Kids have been very proud of themselves as they are adding writing to their stories each day. 

Next week, we will start our Fall Harvest unit, where we will be looking at the various fruits and vegetables that are harvested in the Fall. We will be studying both their life cycles and the patterns we notice as we compare/contrast them.
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Our Mon-STARS had a terrific week!

We had a fantastic week diving into our Monster theme in the K classroom. The kids have begun to grasp the flow of literacy centers, math centers, writer's workshop, and reader's workshop, which has made for very smooth transitions throughout the day. I am so impressed with their ability to work in their partnerships during our work stations, and all students have done a terrific job of staying on task!

As I continued assessing the kids, it was nice to take a brief moment, look around the classroom and see all of my little learners hard at work! Our literacy stations were in full gear this week as students began the following: Handwriting Books, Fine Motor Stations, Sound Recognition, and Emergent Readers. They were encouraged to solve problems independently and work for the whole time! I was so impressed to watch them succeed at this with flying colors.

In our Math Stations, we began activities to work on the following skills: numeral order, sorting, fine motor, patterning, number matching/memory, and number identification. Our literacy and math workstations will be on a two week rotation, so you may hear me talk about similar stations from week to week.

Our Writer's Workshop is in full swing! The K-Kids have learned that writing is just 'telling on paper!" and all are attempting to sound out words at their own levels. It's really a treat to see! We discussed the different processes of our writer's workshop each day (mini-lesson, try-it-out, share chair) and talked about what to do if we cannot think of something to write about.
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Back to School!

It has been a busy first week in the Kindergarten classroom! Our little monSTARS have been hard at work building our classroom community and learning the daily routine while we travel throughout the building to all of our specials. This week we met Mrs. O'Donnell for art, Mr. B for gym, Mrs. Novesky for music, Mrs. Wirth for Library and Senora B for Spanish.

In our classroom, we focused on developing some classroom rules with the help of a monster who visited our classroom for the first time. Unfortunately, this monster had not yet been to school and did not know how to act in the classroom. The kids came up with a great list of rules for this new monster: Be Kind, Be Safe, and Listen. We decided these would be three wonderful classroom rules to use in our classroom.

Each week you will see a write-up of the week's major activities here on the home page. If you look above to the navigation bar, you will see a few links. By clicking on 'Little Monster Magic' you will see a weekly photo slideshow and a bookshelf full of what we've been reading. This will not be an exhaustive list of all of the read-aloud and shared reading books we have been reading, but it's a good overview focusing on the theme. When you click on 'Schedules and Such' you will see a classroom schedule. I will go in depth on what we do in each of these 'blocks' on Miniature School night! Throughout the year the 'Ideas for Home' section will change with some things you can do at home (websites, apps, etc.) with your kiddos. Also, I have attached my Scholastic order link to the blog on the home page. I do use the rewards points earned by each class to buy books for that specific class. Scholastic offers great deals on books, and by clicking on the link from the blog, it will automatically order it to be delivered to our classroom.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!