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ilovefrogsI am very excited about the new year.  This is my 7th year to teach but my 10th year at White Oak.  I have two boys, one is 28 and the other is 18 (my baby is an ACU Wildcat). Both my boys were 13 year Roughnecks and I couldn’t be more proud of them.  In case you can’t tell, I LOVE frogs, my favorite color is purple, and pepperoni pizza with jalapenos is my favorite. We have 2 dogs, Gizmo and Gabby.  I love to be outside doing just about anything!  I do not feel that teaching is my job, it is my favorite hobby and passion.  I will love your children as if they are my own.  You are going to be amazed at how much they grow this year.  I hope you will feel free to contact me at any time for any reason throughout this school year.  Please subscribe to my blog to find out about upcoming events and your child’s learning.

Week of February 13th

Hey guys I hope everyone is doing great and staying well!!!!  I wanted to remind everyone that our Valentine’s Day Party is tomorrow at 11:30.  There is a 100% chance of rain so we may not be able to go outside after lunch to allow for a little more prep time for the party.  If it is raining we will try to delay by taking restroom breaks but this could mean the party may start a little before 11:30.  Set up time for the party will begin at 10:45 so if you would like to help please come then.  You are welcome to take your kiddo home after the party but they can certainly stay too.

Now onto the learning part:)

Spelling words for the next two weeks: like, him, see, time, could, no, make, than, first, been.  This last spelling test was just really not good.  Please remind your kiddos that the words are on the word wall all they have to do is look for them!!!!

Reading:  Your kiddo is on target if they are reading at a level 14 fluently!  We have started a new comprehension piece to our assessments.  Last week your student brought home a story about a Smelly Skunk.  This was a comprehension piece that we did together.  There will be one more that we do together this week, after that, your student will be responsible for reading this passage, reading the questions, and answering these questions on their own.  These stories are on an expected grade level reading level.  The first one that they do on their own will have an actual grade on it.

Phonics:  We have learned about compound words, antonyms, and this week synonyms.  I will begin creating “dead” words for the kids using synonyms.  We, as a class, will come up with other words for overused words like “like” or “said” or “big”.  We place these words in a folder on the lockers and the kids go to the folders when they feel like they have used these words too much. This is a great way to reinforce the concept of synonyms.

Math:  We are working on patterns in numbers, skip counting, money, and continue with a deeper understanding of addition and subtraction.  We are counting a collection of coins such as nickels and pennies; dimes and pennies, quarters and pennies.   Math is really starting to get multi-step and where the kiddos are really having to think!

Writing:  The expectations for writing are getting a little tougher.  We are expecting a beg/mid/end, punctuation should be present at this point, and their stories should really resemble the books they are reading.  They need to be going through the writing process at this time by write-write-writing; re-reading to revise and edit; then preparing their story for publishing.  Our kiddos are having a hard time with the re-reading to revise and edit their stories.  I have set up a buddy reading system during writing that I hope is going to help with this.

Science/Social Studies:  The kids have a fun experiment they are conducting with conversation hearts, water, vinegar, and soda.  February is such a busy month!  We learned about the Groundhog, Valentine’s Day, and now George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  We will also learn about dental health.

Please give me a call or text or email with any questions or concerns!  As always, thank you for sharing your kiddo with me and allowing me to be a small part of their journey.

January 23

Hey guys I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!!!  Just wanted to update everyone on what is going on at school and in our classroom.  Please remember that Wednesday is an early release day for teacher training.  We will be dismissing at 11:30 for Primary and we ask that parents do not have lunch with their kiddos on that day due to a lack of room when trying to fit all of our kiddos in the lunch room together.  Also, on early release days I know most of you eat after you pick your kiddos up but…if you don’t send some small something with them we have to send them through the line for a lunch.  I use to send peanut butter crackers or a pop tart with my own kids.

Valentines is coming up and I/we need help with a few items for our kids.  If anyone could help me with white paper bags with handles on them that would be great!  If you can, please text me or email me.  I also need things to decorate the bags like stickers, heart doilies, etc… anything the kids can use to decorate their bags would help tremendously!!!  We also always make cards for children in the hospital but I have noticed that Jennifer Hearron, our sweet Nory’s mom, is asking for help with some things for the hospital that has helped so much with Nory’s treatments.  So we will be making cards, sending unopened cards for the kids to address to special people to them, and donating even just a $1 for a donation for a cookie decorating kit for these sweet kiddos.  If you can help with any of these items, pick up an extra box of cards-card making kits-or send a $1 to help that would be amazing.

Spelling words for the next two weeks:  some, so, these, would, other, into, has, more, her, two

Phonics:  We are working on verbs this week and showing them how to tie in nouns, adjectives, and verbs in their writing.

Math:  hour and half hour on clocks-counting a collection of coins (right now we are just counting like coins together ex: pennies with pennies, nickles with nickles, and dimes with dimes)  We continue to work on addition, subtraction, and problem solving

Writing:  We are focusing on re-reading to revise and edit.  This simply means they are going back over their story when they are done and re-reading it to check for left out words, making sure sentences make sense, looking for punctuation and capitals after punctuation, and making sure they have spelled no-excuse words correctly (I am giving spelling grades on their writing).

Science/Social Studies:  They are really having fun with our research center and this week they get to make snow!!!!  We are continuing our study on Penguins.  Next week is the 100th day of school and Groundhog day so busy busy busy!

Thank you guys for reading with your kids every night and for all the support I/we get from you daily.  You have no idea what it means to me and your kids!!!!

 

January 17

Welcome back from a long, wet weekend!!!  I hope everyone enjoyed some extra time with friends and family.  I’m going to catch you up on a few things that we are learning about.

We will have a spelling test tomorrow on these words: then, them, out, about, up, how, each, she, many, will

Math:  We are continuing to work on addition, subtraction, and problem solving. (that goes on all year long with harder problems, more addends, and two-digit addition so it keeps getting more challenging)  We are also learning time to the hour and half hour. They get hour pretty easy but half hour always gets them so the more practice they can get in will help!  Also, if you don’t mind, start letting them sort change and identifying pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.

Phonics:  We are focusing on nouns, adjectives, and verbs over the next few weeks.

Writing:  It’s time to get down to business with our writing!!!  I am really focusing on making sure they are writing words correctly that I know they know.  For example:  We know our blends so if they are still writing the word blew without the bl I’m making them fix it.  We know our chunks, ick, ill, all, ing, etc… we need to use what we know.  Vowel teams-ou, ai, ow, ea, ee, etc… I’m really holding them accountable for this!!!  By now, we should be writing a story on one topic with a beginning-middle-end.  Some of our kiddos are struggling with this concept.  Please ask them while they are reading their books about the beginning middle and end of the books and ask them if they are putting a beginning middle and end to their stories when they are writing.

Science/Social Studies:  We just finished learning about Martin Luther King Jr.  The next two weeks we will learn about the Antarctic and penguins.  The kids love this unit and you are probably going to learn more about penguins than you care too:)

FYI

Just a couple of friendly reminders:

Pajama day tomorrow to celebrate the Polar Express!  Please make sure the PJ’s are within dress code aka no spaghetti straps etc…

Early release Thursday and Friday at 11:30.

Party day is Friday at 9:00.  If you are helping set up you can come at 8:30.  Please have the puzzles for the puzzle exchange here by Wednesday, wrapped and ready to go!!!

Don’t know what I was thinking trying to have a spelling test this week so…I have asked each student to write down all 10 of their spelling words (they can look at their planners) and then write 3 sentences using as many spelling words as they can.  Please have them do this tonight to turn in to me tomorrow for their spelling test grade.  The more they write these words correctly the better spellers they become.  Just in case you need them they are;  we, can, an, there, your, which, their, said, if, do

Hope to see everyone at the Christmas Party!!!  Your kiddos are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

 

December 5

Hey guys!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I want to catch you up on a few things then let you know what we are learning.

Candi Salter has volunteered to be room mother for our Christmas Party.  WOOHOO!!!  There is a note coming home today with your kiddo about a meeting she’d like to have with anyone wanting to help plan or make crafts,etc…  Please check you kiddos folder for that.  It also has all the details for the party.  Please contact her if you want to help but cannot attend the meeting.  We will also be doing a puzzle exchange at the party.  Please don’t spend a lot on this puzzle!!!  Make it generic (not a boy or girl puzzle) because we will be playing a game and have no idea if the puzzle you bring will end up in a boy or girls hands.

Spelling words:  which, their, said, if, do, we, can, an there, your

We are learning about those “r” controlled vowels in phonics the next two weeks.

Math:  We are learning how to collect data and graph the data we collect while still focusing on combinations of numbers, addition and subtraction.

Writing:  We are still working on the beginning, middle and end of stories.

Science/Social Studies:  We are learning how certain traditions got started and how other countries celebrate Christmas.

 

Week of November 14th

WOW!!!  Thanksgiving already??? Where has the time gone???  Your sweet kiddos are doing great and working so hard!  Just a few reminders about this week then I’ll fill you in on what we are learning.  We will be having our Thanksgiving Reader’s Theater on Friday at 11:30.  Please come to our room and be amazed at how well your kids are reading and projecting their sweet little voices.  Remind them to practice every night so they know their parts and aren’t nervous.  The play will last about 20 minutes and you are welcome to take your kiddo with you afterwards.  If you can’t make it I will be posting a video on our blog for you to watch.

No school next week at all so that we can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

We will have a spelling test tomorrow on the 5 words we have worked on. (what, all, but, were, when)

We are working on plural endings in phonics.  S and ES at the end meaning more than one and when to use s or es.  We use ES when the words end in s, z, ch, sh, x

Math we are working on “strong arm subtraction” and 3 digit addition.  3+4+7=14

Science/Social Studies:  We learned about U.S. symbols and now we are learning about Thanksgiving and the Mayflower.  The kids are doing a science experiment in Research the “Magic Dancing Corn”.  They are having to follow the directions themselves and be true Scientists!

Writing:  We are trying to finish up our class story on our Turkey named Rosie.  All of the students are at such different levels in writing so I focus on different things with each kiddo.  By now I hope that finger spaces and legible writing is taking place so that we can begin to really focus on the story elements.  My focus this week is finding those no-excuse words and circling them to make sure they are spelled correctly.

Early Release

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is early release for teacher training.  Primary releases at 11:30!

No new spelling words this week.  With all the “activities” going on this week I felt it best to concentrate on the words already introduced that we are still having a hard time with.  We are working on ABC order to the second letter this week.

Math:  We will begin introducing subtraction to your kiddos while still moving forward with addition with three addends( 3 + 4 + 5 = 12).

Writing:  We are beginning to focus heavily on making sure our no-excuse words are spelled correctly in our writing.  Each student is at a different level of writing so the focus will be different for each kiddo.  Please ask your student what we have discussed them working on.  If you have questions please contact me!  Most of your kiddos are having a hard time with writing a story with a beginning, middle, and end.  They start off with a great beginning and then stop.  Please continue to discuss with your kiddo what makes a great story.  They know that they do not have to finish a story in one day or on one sheet of paper, they just need to tell everything they are thinking!!!

Science/Social Studies:  Your kiddos are busy planting seeds, dissecting owl pellets, and learning about American Symbols (Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, Flag, etc…).

I am absolutely loving your kiddos and our time together!

 

Field Trip Reminder

Just a little reminder for you guys.  Please make sure your little sweetie has on blue jeans and, if they have one, a white oak shirt for tomorrow’s field trip. We will not be dressing up like Genius’.  They climb on things like hay and rope that will hurt their little legs if they don’t have something long on them.  They need to bring a SACK lunch with their names on them.  We will leave at 9:15 and should arrive around 9:45 for those of you who are wanting to enjoy the day with your kiddo.  You may only walk with your child and take only your child home at the end of the day.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Spelling test will be on Wednesday over these words: be, this, from, I, have, or, by, one, had, not

Thanks for all you do!!!