Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mat Man Arrives

Mat Man arrived this week! You are probably wondering... who is that?! Mat Man is a tool used by our handwriting program, Handwriting Without Tears (HWOT). Mat Man is made of big and little lines and big and little curves -- just like letters and numbers. This week Mat Man was here to help us learn to draw a person. We did a guided discovery of dry erase markers to begin our drawing. Then we took it to paper as we created our first class book!

First we began with a guided discovery of lines and curves and what we could make! 

Next we did a guided discovery of dry erase markers to help us learn to draw Mat Man!

Then we took our sketches to paper!

Safari Stan and my many alter egos

This week our class welcomed two of my alter egos: Safari Stan and Construction Chris. 

Safari Stan is our most frequent quest. Typically Safari Stan comes to help us unpack new learning and standards. He helps us understand what we need to know how to do and how to show we know it. On Monday Safari Stan came and introduced himself as we toured the school on our Safari Scavenger Hunt. He and his very bad British/Australian accent will be back soon.

Construction Chris is more of a beginning of the year character. He arrives when we are learning about particular tools. He wears his construction hat and uses a very raspy Boston accent. He helps us learn how to use tools correctly and where to put them away when we are done. This week he has introduced highlighters and glue. Next week he will introduce scissors. 

The kiddos are such good sports with this imaginative experience and really respond to the different accents and attitudes of my many alter egos. 

Safari Stan in action

Mrs. G and Guidance

Today we had the privilege of having our very first guidance class of the year. Mrs. Bri Gallagher is our wonderful school counselor that helps us all. Mrs. G will come to our class every other week. She presents different types of lessons from problem solving to friendship. This year Mrs. G has two themes: kindness and connections. Today was our first introduction and the kiddos could not be more excited!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hooray for the First Day!

Wow! What a whirlwind first day we had! While it is a little boring for us to learn about how to walk in the hall, wash hands, use the bathroom, use the playground, eat lunch, eat snack... it is absolutely imperative that these skills are taught discretely. This awesome group of adventurers were patient, excited, and kind as we progressed through the day. Here is a glimpse as some of the playground adventures. Check out those smiling faces!

We also had a chance to do our first guided discovery. A guided discovery is an opportunity to learn and explore a different part of our classroom. Today we explored pattern blocks. A part of this learning included how to use and put away this tool. We then built anything awesome. We did a museum walk around the room to see the amazing creations we made. It was a wonderful end to an first day!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Our Allied Arts Schedule

Here it is! Hot off the press! This is our Allied Arts rotation this year. Please make note of library days so that your student bring his/her book. Also, on gym days your student should make sure he/she has sneakers on.

September Lunch Menu

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Burning questions? I have answers!

I am sure you have burning questions regarding the transition to kindergarten. Below you will find "All About K". I hope that this answers some of your questions and helps ease nerves and the transition. I have a hard copy for families when you arrive on the bus ride day on Thursday, September 7th!