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.
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!
Mr. French came to our room today to teach a lesson in computer coding. First, he showed us the website code.org. 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!!
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!!