Monday, August 14, 2017

Welcome Adventurers of 2030!

Dear Newest Adventurer,

Welcome to our Kindergarten Safari! This year you will take chances, explore new things, and learn a lot along the way. I want to take the opportunity to welcome you and introduce myself. Included with this letter is a list of supplies to bring with you to our first one-on-one meeting when school starts. 

This is my fourth year at Pond Cove Elementary School. I have been teaching kindergarten for six years and before that I taught special education. I am so excited to learn all about you and grow together as a team. 

In April Mr. (Kevin) Marsden and I welcomed our first baby, Nolan! This summer has been particularly special for our little family. We spent time on Little Sebago Lake and enjoyed day trips to Peaks Island. Nolan and I also went to the library for story time and spent a lot of time reading, walking, and playing. 

During your year in kindergarten you will learn a lot but what is most important is that you will grow into a brave and courageous adventurer! I can not wait to meet you at our meeting in September. In the meantime, I would love for you to write me a letter all about your summer. Enjoy the rest of the summer and don’t forget to keep reading with someone you love at home!

Mrs. Marsden 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Showering Baby Marsden

What an amazing surprise to have all my favorite five/six year olds celebrating the arrival of Baby Marsden! Mr. and Marsden and I are overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness you all shared with us! The highchair and all the books are perfect and beyond thoughtful! "Thank you" could not possibly capture how truly grateful Mr. Marsden and I are! We are so lucky to be so loved. Here are some pictures from the wonderful celebration. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Day of Exploration

Today was awesome! We traveled to The Children's Museum in Portland to explore all the wonderful exhibits. Most importantly we were able to see a performance on the ocean levels and explore the touch tank. These two aspects helped to bring our fish unit to life. A huge thank you goes to our wonderful volunteers (Mrs. Howard, Melinda, Heidi, and Lauren) who helped us to explore more freely and keep us safe!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Publishing Pattern Books

We had an awesome writing mini-unit with pattern books! Our writers created terrific pieces that had varying patterns from see-saw, question and answer, and surprise ending. We also focused on being sentence builders throughout the unit. We were focused on five main pillars of building a sentence:
1. Words that go together.
2. Uppercase letters start the sentence.
3. Spaces between words.
4. Ending punctuation
5. Letters going the right way.

We then shared our pattern books with each other. It was a great way to focus on grammar and mechanics at the kindergarten level.

April Calendar

Check out what is coming in April. Please note the early release dates for this month are Monday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 13th. My last day is scheduled for Thursday, April 13th!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ice Fishing Demo

We have a resident ice fisherman in our class! On Wednesday our friend Jed brought his ice fishing trap, display posters, and frozen togue that he caught while ice fishing at Moosehead Lake. This awesome display allowed us to observe a fish and the different parts. We also learned about this fresh water fish that lives in our own state. We were able to observe the different body parts of the fish including the lateral lines. It was an awesome science share!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Addition Strategies in Action

We have been hard at work on our math goal of "I can use different ways to solve addition" over the last couple of weeks. We have been focused on writing number sentences, using objects, and drawing pictures. On Monday we started to work on a tougher skill of counting on/up. Rather than count all the numbers again we are practicing counting on. We used big giant foam dice to practice by rolling one numeral die and one dot die. We made two lines in the hallway and the fun ensued! We then took it to to the classroom and practiced solving addition in three ways where students selected how they wanted to practice. I am so impressed with how well out mathematicians work together and independently to solve addition in differentiated ways.