Fun with Buddies

We met with our kindergarten buddies for some fun activities in the media center for ‘I Love to Read’ month. 



Our family news

By now, you’ve probably heard that my husband and I became grandparents last week. Sweet, little Emma Grace was born one week ago today. She has captured our hearts already. Here’s a few photos. I don’t have any of the new parents for sharing yet,  but they’re doing great. Our son Jeff is looking forward to meeting her when he arrives home from Chicago tonight.

  Grandpa snuggles.
  Auntie Andrea meeting her new niece.
  Sleepy baby~one week old.

‘Twas the week before winter break

Hope you are having fun now that winter break is here. As I’m looking out the window, the rain has turned to snow❄️❄️❄️❄️. Perhaps it will be a white Christmas after all.

Here’s some news from last week. Jedd, Richard, and Andrew (former students and now 4th graders) came to teach students a new math game with a deck of cards.  The boys had been looking forward to this for awhile and did a great job. 

.We also spent quite a bit of time finishing holiday projects and writing work. The highlight of the week was probably the winter party! Thanks to the parents who helped plan and work at this fun-filled event.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2016! 


Ok, I know this picture is sideways. I can’t figure out how to turn it but wanted to include it here. 😊














Hour of Code

Mr. French came to our room today to teach a lesson in computer coding. First, he showed us the website We practiced coding by going to the Student section, then , ‘try code studio’, next Stage 7 Bee Sequence in the Ages 4-6 section. It was very engaging.

Next, students practiced coding with a partner using a Bee-bot. That was fun for all.  Many students were excited about trying the coding activities at home. Thank you, Mr. French for sharing with us today!!


December 2, 2015

I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving and the holiday weekend. Our son, Jeff, was in town from Chicago for the weekend so we were busy doing family activities and starting to get things ready for Christmas, too. We are also getting quite excited about our grandchild’s arrival sometime in the next couple of weeks.

In school, we are beginning the 3rd unit in Benchmark Literacy with a focus on sequencing events and determining text importance. Students are finishing their personal narratives and working on the final copy. We will write our own version of the 12 Days of Winter (a revised version of The 12 Days of Christmas) before winter break. In math, we are starting a unit on 3-digit numbers and strategies for adding 2-digit numbers. Students have been learning new math games, too. Thank you to Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Devereaux for guiding math stations on Thursdays.

Last week, students performed a Reader’s Theater as the wrap up for Unit 2 in Benchmark. With only a 3-day week. we didn’t have a lot of time to practice, but I think you will enjoy them anyway. Students are working on using expression and reading fluently as they read aloud.

As a teacher, I am continually learning new things, too. I’ve been trying to upload the videos to the blog using my I-pad, over the past few days with no success. I have learned the best way to do that is actually on a desktop computer. So, now that that’s done…you will see more of them in the future.

Lastly, just a reminder to label your child’s winter gear. Many coats look the same, the lunchroom hallway gets quite full of coats, and many students are getting the wrong one that looks just like theirs. Thanks, much!!

Group 1

Group 2

Halloween Fun

Here are some quick pictures from the Halloween parade and party today. It was a fun-filled day. Thanks to all of the volunteers who made the party as success. 


The Pencil Trick

Our science investigation for the day involved figuring out how to balance a pencil on its tip, using a wire, and clothesline as counterweights. It took a few tries before someone figured out how to attach the wire to the pencil. I love their faces when they achieve success. 

Also, one note about this week’s math homework. As I was reviewing those that have been turned in, I discovered that the challenge sheets didn’t come from the 2nd grade curriculum, but kindergarten  or 1st. I send page numbers online to the copy room and they must have gotten the pages from the wrong grade by error. Oh well, everyone should have an easy time completing it. There won’t be math homework this week since we are taking the unit test tomorrow.  


October 4 Update

Its been a couple of weeks since I’ve written a detailed post. I thought when I had an empty nest at home I would have more free time, but life remains as busy as ever. We have been moving right along in 2nd grade. In reading and writer’s workshops, we continue to work through the first thirty days of school. Some of  the read alouds have focussed on the efficacious learner characteristics of being responsible, resourceful, and self-directed. Students have used the I-pads for reading at their independent level with the RAZ-Kids app and had a little free time for self-exploration. In math, we are just about finished with the first unit and will take the unit test at the end of this week. We started the Balance and Motion science kit. This is always a fun unit for students. Last week, they worked on finding the balance point of several objects. This week, they will make mobiles and then move on to things that spin. Stay tuned for some photos from these lessons. 

As the weather turns cooler, please make sure your child has what they need to be comfortable during recess. A light jacket or sweater is needed on many days. The temperature in the building can vary, too. You might want to send a sweater or sweatshirt they can keep in their locker for times when it’s chilly in the classroom.

A quick reminder that Chip Shoppe orders are due this Tuesday, Oct. 6.