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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.

Our Little Inventors

Hey guys just a little reminder that we will begin using our imaginations tomorrow and becoming inventors.  The kids are really getting into this and this is a great way to keep them engaged to the end of school.  Today they drew their intentional plans (which we all know could change) and wrote what they thought they might need for supplies.  I have a lot of the materials they will need but we are still needing a few things that you may have just laying around the house.

Tape all kinds of tape, plastic trash bags that can be cut (for kites), wrapping paper, bottle lids, balloons, wooden dowel rods (like what you make kabobs with), and any little things your kiddos are saying.

I am still in need of some vegetable oil and alka-seltzer of aspirin for lava lamps.

I appreciate each and everyone of you for EVERYTHING you have done and are willing to do!

 

Field Trip

Just a few friendly reminders about our field trip tomorrow.  We will leave school around 9:00 to go to Penick Park.  Please make sure your kiddo has a SACK lunch (we don’t want to have to keep up with lunch boxes) with 2 drinks.  Please write their name on their drinks and lunches.  I keep the drinks in a cooler and their lunches in a box.  We also want them in tennis shoes and comfortable clothes.  If they want to bring a towel to sit on at lunch time that is fine but they will be responsible for making sure it gets back on the bus.  They can wear hats, sunglasses, etc… but again they will have to keep up with them.  If you are bringing your child lunch PLEASE let me know because I have to know they have lunch.  If they do not come to school with a lunch and I haven’t heard from you I will send them to the cafeteria to get a sack lunch!

End of First Grade Fun

Hey guys!  I can’t believe I’m making this post but here goes.  We have 3 weeks of school left and it is all about some fun. I try to keep our kiddos engaged and learning at this time of year so we shake things up a bit.  We will become inventors and explorers over the next few weeks.  I am going to ask for a few things from you, if possible.  We will be in need of many things for the kids to be able to get creative and invent things.  We will also be making lava lamps and learning about density.

Things needed:  empty water bottles, big rubber bands, large containers of cheap vegetable oil, tape, alka-seltzer, balloons, string, shoe boxes, empty vegetable cans, and anything your kiddo comes home and says “I need this for my project”.  I will try to supply as much as I can but there may be things that I just don’t have that they need.

Do I have a parent that would be willing to drill holes in some vegetable cans so the kids can make “phones”?  If so, please text or e-mail me.

Lets finish this year strong and with some FUN!!!!

Class Picture Day

Just a reminder that tomorrow will be class picture day.  Please consider purchasing a class picture for $10.  This is the only class picture that we get with us all together.  You get an 8×10 class picture and a 5×7 fun picture.

We will  just begin reviewing all of the no-excuse words and the spelling grades will come directly from their writing so no more new words!!!!l

I am doing a final benchmark on reading this week so the kiddos are coming home with self-choice books or chapter books for their book clubs.

April 18-28

Good Thursday morning to everyone!  Hope you all enjoyed a great long weekend with family and friends!  Thank you Jessica Fisher for being our Easter room mom and thank you to all who helped in any way!  I cannot believe school is almost over.  It makes me sad but so proud at the same time.  Our kiddos are so amazing!!!!

Our CHAMPS assembly will be next Friday the 28th.  The word we are presenting is “RESPECT”.  The kids are helping me come up with some fun and exciting ways to teach our other friends about respect.  It’s going to be cute!

Spelling words for the next two weeks are: way, find, use, may water, long, little, very, after, words.  This is a good time to remind kids that they can connect words to other words like may, way, day, today, say, etc…

Math:  We are working on double digit addition and subtraction without re-grouping.  We continue looping back and revisiting all concepts taught so far.  Please keep working on skip counting with money and time to hour and half hour.  This always seems to be challenging.

Phonics:  We are reviewing all concepts taught this year.  Long and short vowels and vowel teams are still challenging for some so I will be placing a lot of review material in stations.

Writing:  This is the time of year that expectations become a little deeper and students begin to see and really work on the writing process.  Revising and editing are challenging because when they finish a story they want to just be done!  They must go back and revisit their paper to check for punctuation, misspelled words, capitalization, left out words, etc…  We expect them, at this point, to have a beg/mid/end to their stories, capitals at the beginning of sentences, punctuation in correct places, and use of imagination instead of just writing about known things.

Science/Social Studies:  We are learning about pond life and life cycles.  If your kiddos haven’t told you yet, we have a FROG!!!!  We are learning how his needs have changed and what we need to do to help him survive until we let him go.

Hope everyone has a great week and I can’t wait to see you at the CHAMPS assembly next week April 28th.

Easter Party

Hey guys just wanted to remind everyone that we need 12 stuffed and taped eggs by tomorrow for each kiddo.  So far I have not received many.  I will be going to the store tomorrow afternoon to purchase and fill the eggs we are missing so that everyone will have 12 eggs to hunt for.  The party is Thursday at 11:30.  Jessica Fisher is in charge of this party so please contact her with any questions and certainly if there is anything you want to bring.  This party is a little different because teachers plan some outside relay races after the egg hunt so there is very little time inside for things to do.  Mainly snacks and drinks and opening and eating of the candy in the eggs.  We will certainly need a little help hiding the eggs outside if anyone can help with that.  The kiddos are free to start their 4 day weekend as soon as the party is over!

No school Friday or Monday!  ENJOY!!!!!

No spelling words this week because of the short week!

Ask your kiddos about our solar system:).

Can’t wait to see everyone at the party!!!

 

Week of 4-3 and Easter Party

Hey everyone!  Hope everyone is staying safe in this nasty weather we are having!  I want to let everyone know what is coming up and what we have been learning here in Firstie land.

The Easter Party will be April 13th at 11:30.  I do not have a parent in charge of this party.  If there is anyone who would like to take charge of this party please let me know, otherwise, I will be sending  a letter home next week asking for some items and for some parents to commit to coming up a little before the party to help me set up and hide eggs.  We do a lot of outdoor fun after the egg hunt with the other First Grade classes so a lot of our time is spent outside with this party.  You are welcome to take your kiddos home after the party to begin your long 4 day weekend.  We will be out of school on Friday the 14th and Monday the 17th.

Spelling:  We will have a spelling test over these words on Tuesday.  its, who, now, people, my, made, over, did, down, only.  The next ten words will be way, find, use, may, water, long, little, very, after, words

Phonics:  We will begin reviewing all concepts taught this year and really holding them accountable for these things in their writing.  For example:  I am holding them accountable for applying blends (br, cl, dr, fl, etc…) when they are writing words that should have blends in them.  As well as “ed” “ing” endings, correct vowels, digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch), correct chunks, compound words, etc…  Writing will be our main focus til the end of the year with heavy review on all phonics skills.

Writing:  This is my main focus until school is out!!!  They kiddos will be held accountable now for all things they should know and should be applying as I mentioned on our Phonics skills.  Those punctuation people should be showing up and should be used in the correct manner. (. ? !)  Stories must have a beg/mid/end and the kiddos should be using their imagination now instead of just “I love…” “I did…” Stories should have a focus and be on one topic!

Math:  We continue to take addition and subtraction to a deeper level with double digit addition and subtraction.  They are still working on time and money!!!  Number patterns have been our main focus the last couple of weeks and the kiddos are really getting good at skip counting and understanding sets of numbers.  Writing those higher numbers are giving some of us fits but we are getting there.

Science/Social Studies:  We have learned a ton about Texas the last two weeks and the kids have gotten very excited about learning different regions in Texas and some amazing facts about this great state that we live in.  Next we will learn about pond life and life cycles.

I am having a hard time thinking about how fast this school year is flying by!  I love each and everyone of these sweet kiddos and feel blessed every day to be a part of their lives.