"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."
-- Socrates

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pumpkins and Reading Buddies

First of all, I would like to thank the entire Room 108 family for all donations to our Thanksgiving Feast on Monday! Such generosity and sharing help make your child's feast day one to remember!
If you are volunteering to help, we are asking volunteers to arrive at school by 10:30 am Monday morning. This should give us plenty of time to set up before our first serving at 11:30!

Also, a HUGE "THANKS A BUNCH!!" to parent/grandparent volunteers on Friday for our Native American Day! The children had fun and I could have not done it without you! Unfortunately, time was so tight I forgot to take pictures...;o( But rest assured, there will be plenty of pics from our Thanksgiving Feast coming up tomorrow!

Below is a slide show of activities from October. Miss Miriam Johnson was a Block 1 student from SUNY Potsdam. She visited our class for a total of 8 visits, learning first-hand about teaching our youngest children. She was a wonderful addition to our class. The children adore her. They were extremely excited to see her return voluntarily on Friday for Native American Day!

In the slideshow you will see pictures of children gutting pumpkins. This was an exciting part of Miss Johnson's lesson she taught on counting, using the pumpkin seeds the children took from the pumpkins. Later that day, we decorated tiny pumpkins brought in by our classmate, Raegan, and her family. Much fun was had by all!!

You will also see pictures from our first session of Reading Buddies. Our Reading Buddies this year are from Mrs. Martin's Fourth Grade Class. It is fun for both sets of students to experience such a worthwhile event! We will continue Reading Buddies every Day 2 from now until the end of the year.

Thanks again for all you do for our classroom. I am thankful each day for my Room 108 family! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Granny Prix...a Room 108 Favorite!!

Please ask your child about Granny Prix...a website we visit almost every day to practice our simple addition facts! I was turned on to this site by another kindergarten colleague while I was training as a facilitator for our last Superintendent's Day on the New York State Math Common Core Standards.

The site offers fact practice in addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. According to the new set of learning standards recently adopted by New York State, children in Kindergarten will be responsible for fluently adding and subracting within 5 in order to be a successful math student at the first grade level.

The children love designing their own GRANNY and wheel chair and racing to find all the sums to win the race.

Take some time to experience this motivating activity your child loves.

You can find the link below...or to the right as part of my Educational Links section.



Fall Fun

October was full of FALL FUN! We visited the Potsdam Fire Station, Breezy Maples Farm near Massena and we also celebrated Fall with our monthly Kindergarten Mixer where we all enjoyed home made pumpkin muffins (Thank you to Mrs. Parker for making them for our class, as I was sick! What a bucket filler Mrs. Parker is!!) And of course, who can forget Halloween??!! We enjoyed treats brought in by Mrs. Cruikshank and classmates and we even had a costume parade in the middle school. All those big kids loved us!!!

On Monday, we had the Army Band come and perform for us. They introduced instruments to us...even playing a song from Harry Potter and, of course, ...Stars and Stripes Forever!

Enjoy the slideshow! I look forward to meeting with all of you next week for Parent-Teacher Conference.