Archive for the ‘Learning’ Category

>Conference Time…

February 10, 2011


Thank you for everyone who attended conferences over the past two weeks. Parent-Teacher conferences are one of the most enjoyable times I have while working. It was wonderful to meet with you and discuss your child’s progress. I thoroughly enjoy the time we are able to meet and partner together. I have made notes about various information we discussed and if I mentioned I would send something home with your child, please look for it on Monday or Tuesday of next week (I will be out Thursday and Friday). I will say overall I have seen a huge growth in maturity in all the children socially, behaviorally, and academically. We will be raising the bar these last 3-4 months of school. I know the children can succeed and we want to end the year as strong as possible. Once again thank you for all of your support!

>Science Fun…

January 29, 2011


The afternoon class had an amazing opportunity on Friday to learn science first hand! Ethan’s grandmother, Karen, teaches Science to 2nd-3rd graders in their Science Lab. Karen was gracious enough to use one of her half day personal days to come and visit with our class. SHe brought all kinds of animals and taught the children about reptiles. The look on the children’s faces were priceless. It was wonderful to see the excitement in the children about learning science. Ethan and Karen even put together a science experiment for the children to take home with them to practice observations. I cannot wait until Monday to ask the children about the observations they made. I cannot thank Karen enough for taking time out of her schedule to come and spend the afternoon with us and her grandson! Check out some of our photos of the fantastic learning, which occurred!
Science Fun in the Afternoon!

>Our Learning Channel…

January 27, 2011

>I wanted to announce we have a channel to view our videos. I love using the Flip Video as a means to tape the children learning and explaining their learning. We then as a class watch them and talk about what is happening. This allows the children a chance to see themselves in action and reflect about certain activities. We now have a channel on…You Tube…I do not always put the videos I take on the blog; however, they will be located on our channel. If you would like you can always check out some of the great learning occurring in Room 116!

>2 Dice and Some Adding…

January 21, 2011

>Today we worked on rolling two dice and counting the numbers together. I thought it would be a lot of fun to tape a few students completing the activity. We watched the video in class and talked about what happened. The children noticed how each of the pairs sat next to each other and how they were helping each other counting and writing. I was amazed how the children double checked their work and how they were really thinking about the math they were doing. It was fantastic listening to the children talk about the activity afterward. I wish I had taped that part too!



>We Are Beginning to Add…

January 19, 2011

>This week we are beginning to explore how numbers can be joined together and create a new number. We are in the early stages of addition. We are not writing out number sentences yet, but we are playing various games where we are taking two numbers and counting them together. We have played a game “Top-It.” This game is like “War” where you turn over two cards and count the numbers together and who ever has the highest amount wins (you can always change the game and play who has the lowest amount wins). We also played a game where you roll two dice and record the number you get. This is a fun game where children work on number writing, adding numbers together, and analyzing the data. The children are doing a fantastic job in the early stages of math. Two students in the afternoon were able to discover why the recording sheet did not list the number one. They came to the conclusion since you were playing the game with 2 dice, you can not roll and record the number one. If you had two ones you would have to record the number 2. It was awesome thinking!

>Half Way There…

July 15, 2010

>I was thinking about this coming school year today and it came to me we are half way to the start of the school year. I always get excited about the upcoming school year. I am looking forward to meeting the new kids and helping them grow into learners. I also get excited about working with parents in helping their child succeed. I then become nervous about the year because we have a new building and all new procedures; however, we get to learn it all together!

I am sure you are beginning to have mixed emotions about the upcoming school year as this may be the first time you are leaving your child at school! It is an exciting time of your child’s educational career as the learn social/emotional skills along with academic skills. You may also be wondering if there is anything you can do to help prepare your child for September 7. A few things you can do is have your child write their first name, recognize the letters in their name, recite the alphabet in various speeds, count sets of objects in less than 5, read to your child and have them sit and listen to a book (5-7 minutes), and practice buttoning/zipping their shorts/pants. You may be thinking this is a lot, but you can do this in short time periods, at the dinner table, in the car, etc.

I think we will have a fantastic year and I look forward to seeing the smiling children and their mom, dad, and other family members September 7!

>Travel Fun…

June 11, 2010


I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer vacation! I know I am…I was packing tonight for a short trip to Chicago for some family fun this weekend. This made me think about what you could do in the car if you are traveling to help reinforce some skills. I have some great memories growing up being in the car traveling. Every year we would go on vacation and would travel for sometime in our van. It was fun, tiring, and at times stressful with my brother and sisters. This time in the car gives you a prime opportunity to talk with your children about various topics and to play some great games. One of my siblings favorite games is the “Alphabet Game,” as you drive look for a word that begins with A and then B and go through the alphabet (X is hard and when I got to Q I always hoped for a Dairy Queen would be close by). This game I still play on long trips with my wife, Shannon (yes…I am a dork like that). The Alphabet Game turned into a competition between everyone in the car…I will say I was a champion, but if you ask my siblings they may say they were. You can play this game with using sounds or letter identification. You could also change this to numbers and search for numbers on various signs. Another game is “I spy” and you can encourage your children to use various geometry terms to help reinforce math skills. We would also do a lot of word searches. I loved working on these in the car and my sister, Susan, and I would work together to finish the search. If you have any great games, let me know…I would love to learn some new ones!

If you are traveling…travel safe!

>Learning Overflow…Graphing Fun…

March 3, 2010


It was an overflow of learning in the classroom the past two day. We have been having fun graphing! The children came up with their own surveys to ask everyone in the room and took th information and made a graph. The children were loud and moving quickly throughout to get to their friends to find out information. If anyone peeked into our room, you would wonder what was happening; however, if you asked the children what was happening they would say “We are graphing,” “We can find out information,” “We can ask questions,” and much more. I was AMAZED by how much the children have learned about surveys and graphs. I was further AMAZED by their math thinking. The children were telling me certain pieces were “equal” or “I only need 3 more of something to have the most.” Angel stated “Oh my goodness, this is so much fun! Look at my graph.” Grady mentioned “I cannot wait to find out what my friends think.” Trenton said “Can we call our friends at Amelia and ask them?” In addition, the children had to practice their writing as they wrote their question and the chioces. It was an overflow of learning because we were able to learn so much!

>Closing Ceremonies, but it is only the beginning…

March 2, 2010


Today we celebrated the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games! We had a fantastic two weeks of studying the Winter Games. We learned so much and met so many of our friends! We are looking forward to talking with Kellie Stack, 2010 Silver Medalist in US Women’s Hockey. We will be talking with her with Ms. Van Eman’s class. We were able to meet children in Kansas City, Texas, and Amelia. We compared and contrasted our graph and made LOTS of observations. We also found out interesting facts about the Olympic rings, Canada, and the various athletes. We also wrote about our favorite sport and athlete. It was overwhelming in my class with Shani Davis being their favorite. We loved speed skating. Many children also liked snowboarding with Shaun White. Even though the Olympics have come to a close, we are just beginning our technology journey. We will be continuing to Skype with our friends throughout the month.

I want to say thank you to Mrs. Crouch who provided an Olympic surprise to the PM class today. We had Olympic cookies and gold medals! I must say I have been very proud of all the children in both classes…I have received many compliments from our friends on how respectful you have been! You are all great children and deserve a Gold medal!

I am looking forward to our other fun units of study!