Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Week of 9/20-9/24

This week in Room 204, we started Family Reading Wednesdays! Thank you to the parents who were able to come. If you couldn't make it, but you can come another Wednesday, always feel free to drop in between 9:10 and 9:40.

We have our first math test tomorrow (Friday), so look for those to come home next week. Homework seems to be going well, and I am working on getting it a little more organized so that parents are clear on which homework is assigned for each night. If you could make sure that you take all graded work out of the folder every night, that would be great!

We did a fun science experiment today where the kids got to experiment with blowing air on different items. You will find that they may bring home an odd assortment of things in a plastic bag. These are the things that we worked with in science today. Ask them what they discovered!

Ellen is working on scheduling parent helpers for the following blocks of time:

Monday 1-2:30 (Math and Centers)
Tuesday: 1:30-2:30 (Math/ Writing)
Thursday: 11-12 (Math/ Writing)*
Friday: 1:30-2:30 (Computers/ Centers)

*No one is scheduled for this block. If you can do it, please let me know!
The following people are now on the schedule as follows:

Monday: Ellen 11-3(homework checking)

Tuesday: Vanavia - Czar's mom (10:30 - 11-ish homework checking)
Lauren 1:30-2:30

Wed: Cecilia - Daniel's mom (9-9:30 homework)

Thurs: Cieline - Koi's mom (9-9:30 homework)
Jeff - Nathan's dad (1:15-2:15 science)

Friday: Ellen (11-3); Debra 1-2:30

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Family Reading Wednesdays!

Dear Room 204 families - On Wednesday mornings from 9:10 until about 9:40, we will be doing family reading. If you like, you can come in and read with your student. This is to promote family literacy and classroom community. You can bring a favorite book from home or choose one from our library and just sit and read with your student.

Hope to see you then!

Querida familias - Las miercoles desde 9:10 a 9:40, los estudiantes estarian leyendo con sus familias. Si ustedes querian venir a la clase an la manana, ustedes pueden leer con sus estudiantes. No es necesario. pero favor de venir si no estan ocupados.

Weekly class schedule (Horario de la semana)

Please view our updated weekly schedule here.

Por favor, miran al horario de la semana agui.

Homework for next week 9/20/10

Please click here for next week's spelling words and reading log. Unfortunately, I don't have electronic versions of the math, but I'm working on it. :)

Por favor, mira a la tarea para esta semana aqui. Ahora, hay las palabras ortografias y el diario de leer, pero todavia no tengo las paginas de matematicas en la pagina de internet.

Last week in Room 204 (9/13/10) and what's happening next week (9/20/10)

This past week, we started homework and had success in getting it back! It seems to have gone well at home. A few people even mentioned that their kids actually had fun with it. Yay! Please keep it up with reading and filling out the logs.

We started Environmental Science Classes with Mr. Hall on Thursdays. They are learning about weather and where it comes from. This goes nicely with science class, where we are starting a unit on air and weather. We did our first experiment this week with air bubbles in water, and it was fun!

We also started reading buddies with Ms. Tiglao's third graders on Friday, and they had a great time getting to know each other! Looking forward to continuing reading buddy time.

We continued with P.E. on Thursday afternoons and computers on Friday. We are learning to use Microsoft Word. We have been working on writing numbers and using tally marks in math, and we are moving towards our first unit test this week. The first spelling test was a smashing success, so keep up the good practice work!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

What are we doing this year?

Please click here to view my year plan for Room 204. It is, of course, subject to change, but this will give you a general idea of what we are covering.

Week of 9/13/2010

We had a wonderful second week in Room 204! We started centers, social studies, and P.E. I'm looking forward to more new, exciting things next week, such as garden classes and reading buddies!

This week, will be starting homework. On Monday, I will send home a clear plastic envelope with a reading log, spelling, words, and a sheet of homework for Monday night. Please return homework folders everyday and keep an eye out for notices that will also go home in the folder!

Also, please remember to send your child with one or two favorite books on Monday so that they can share with the class. Soon, I will upload a curriculum calendar for the year, updated weekly schedule (a couple things have shifted since I sent home the printed one last week), and homework info. Please look for links to those documents on the blog.

I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Familias - Yo sabe muy poquito de espanol, pero voy a tratar escribir en espanol tambien. Lo siento para los errores y la puntacion mala. Esta semana, vamos a comenzar con tarea. Lunes, voy a dar una carpeta a los estudiantes con un diario para recordar los minutos de leer, una lista de las palabras ortografias, y una hoja de tarea. Algunas veces, tambien estarria anuncios en la carpeta. Favor de devuelen la carpeta cada dia.

Voy a fijar mas anuncios aqui muy pronto, entonces favor de leer esta pagina de internet frecuentemente. Gracias!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A quick poll to get to know my students :)

Please add a comment (by clicking on the words "1 comment" in red below) with your student's name and an answer to the following question: what is your student's favorite thing to do in his or her free time?

Example: Jill - watch movies

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Great first two days of school (and the plan for homework)!

Hello Room 204 families! I just wanted to post a quick note to say that we have had a very nice start to the year. We are practicing routines like morning calendar (as some of you have seen), and we are starting to get in the swing of math and language arts.

Today, we did the first two math lessons, which were reviewing how to write numbers. We have also started reader's workshop. Right now, our focus is on "staying inside a book", or being focused while reading. In writing, we wrote a sentence (or so) about what we would like to do in first grade. Popular answers were "make new friends" and "do lots of art". :) We have also begun interactive read-alouds, in which the children have a chance to discuss ideas with partners and do physical actions to boost their comprehension. Finally, we played an interactive reading game in which students got to search the classroom and label things like "door", "rug", and "compost".

We will plan to begin homework on Monday, 9/13, so that we can start out with a whole week. Homework will be reading for about 20 minutes each night, usually doing a page of work (most often math), and practicing spelling words for our Friday quiz (first one will be Friday, 9/17). For now, please read with your student at home. One trick to choose an appropriate book is the "Five Finger Rule". As the child is reading a page, if they come across five words that they can't read, the book is too difficult. Thank you for supporting your Cragmont dragon!