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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.

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!!!

Field Trip Reminder

Please remember to turn in the Field Trip permission slip with the $7 by tomorrow.  We will be sending a note home asking if we need to provide a lunch from the lunch room or if you will be sending a sack lunch with your kiddos.  Please know that your child will NOT be able to go on the field trip if I do not have the permission slip signed by you allowing them to attend.  Please let me know if you have any questions!!!

October 17

Hey guys!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Just a few little reminders before I get to telling you what all we are learning.  Remember to turn in your field trip form before Friday of this week with the $7.  Please let me know if you are having trouble coming up with the money for the field trip!!!  If you are planning on coming to the Pumpkin Patch with us remember you will need to take your own vehicle and follow us there.  Red Ribbon week is next week and I will post what each day will be next Sunday night. No school this Friday for the kiddos.  The end of the 9 weeks is this Friday and report cards will go home next Thursday.  Please call or e-mail me with any questions you may have when you get their report cards.

Spelling words: be, this, from, I, have, or, by, one, had, not  We will have a spelling test next Wednesday because of field trip day that Tuesday.  Our kiddos are doing great on their spelling test now if we can just get them to apply it when they are writing their stories:)

Math:  We will continue working on joining sets along with attributes of 2 dimensional shapes (what makes each shape special). We will also begin talking about subtraction.  This is a new concept for our kiddos so they will need a little more support in the beginning.

Writing:  We are still focusing on a story having a beginning, middle, and an end.  Finger spacing, penmanship, and punctuation will be worked ALL year as well.  We are writing a classroom story to model what our personal stories should look like.

Science/Social Studies:  We have been focusing on nocturnal animals and how they are different.  Hope they HAVE been driving you crazy for more knowledge on this.  We have a few experiments we will be doing to go along with these fun animals.  We also have learned about Fall and how it is different from Summer.  Our kiddos are also learning how to use Facts4me to gather information and teach others what they have learned.

I have a super sweet group of Firsties and hope that your kiddos are loving school.  As always, please feel free to call, text, or e-mail me with any questions or concerns.

 

September 27th

Just a quick reminder of a few things coming up.

Parent Orientation tonight from 6:30 to 7:30.  Please try to come and visit with me tonight.  It will start in the cafeteria and then we will come down to our classroom so you can learn about our room and what goes on daily.  I will walk you through what to expect in reading, writing, and math.

School pictures are tomorrow.  Your kiddos are bringing home the order form tonight in their folders.

Hope to see you guys tonight!!!