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We have started our study of America and the symbols that represent our country. Yesterday the kids made flags that you will see coming home today. On the back is a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance and a poem called Liberty. The words in the Pledge mean different things to different families. This is a great opportunity for you to talk to your child about what it means to you.
We worked in groups to discuss what each color in the flag means. Groups presented their ideas to the whole class.
Thanks for the maps you worked on at home. The kids shared them with their friends and we learned about places in the world that are important to our families.
Look at these builders! We learned how Washington DC is the Capitol of our country and then these builders went to work creating a Capitol in the block area.
Bethany and Mrs. Gallagher came in to do “Space Camp” with us again, teaching us how to respect each other’s personal space.
And we have new fidget toys in the room to help us when we need a distraction or to help us focus and listen better. Kids loved checking them out.
Busy, happy days here at school!
We are also collecting mittens and hats for the Amherst Survival Center. Please send in new or gently used items if you can before December 21. Thank you!!
Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 22, 2016
Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 18, 2016
Have you heard about our dance parties? Sometimes I forget to highlight the fun parts of first grade. Several times a days a dance song goes on and the kids know it’s time to clean the room and dance to the rug before the song is over. It’s a lot of fun. We’ve collected some pretty fun dance songs over the year. Ask your child about a favorite one. Here are some pics of the kids dancing along to a yoga song about greeting the sun with a sun salutation.
The votes have been counted. We are now proudly being called “The First Grade Lightning Bolts”.
We also learned about partner reading today. “Elbow to elbow, knee to knee, I read to you, you read to me….” Pairs joined up to choose books to read to each other.
We have started our next unit on mapping. This week we read an excellent book called “Me On The Map”. We worked together to make a map of our school and put it up on our bulletin board in the hallway. Then children made a book about where in the world they lived. We looked at and studied maps of our town, state, country, continent and world. Those beautiful books went home yesterday. Make sure to have your child read it to you. Next week, your child will bring home family homework to talk about places in the world that are important to you.
Coming up next Tuesday: Pajama Day! This is a favorite day for all of us. Cozy pajamas, favorite stuffed animals and blankets, slippers and books are all encouraged to come to school with your child on Tuesday. It is our all school read-a-thon day.
Have a great weekend!
Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 9, 2016
Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 14, 2016
Look at what we are learning about in writing. Ask your child what tips they are learning to make their writing come to life. We are writing small moment true stories.
Writers at work….
After each writing time we have Author’s Chair. A few writers come up to share their writing and take questions and comments from the class. It is a beautiful sharing time that is both community building and confidence building for these young writers. They learn so much from each other and I always admire their bravery!
Here is our new bulletin board showing what we are learning about with the changing seasons. The kids worked together this week to create the pictures and writing.
Harvest Festival is tomorrow. Hope to see you there! As a reminder, I will be out the next two weeks on a family medical leave. Sherri and Deb will be in charge in first grade. They will do a wonderful job with the children. Any questions, please be in touch with them. Looking forward to seeing you at conferences on November 1 and 2.
Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 7, 2016
Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 30, 2016
This week we said goodbye to our insect friends. We set our milkweed bugs free in the courtyard last Friday. Then we showed up on Monday to find 10 brand new butterflies had emerged from their chrysalis over the weekend. We wished them well and set them free today.
We made beautiful insect trioramas to show what we have learned about an insect’s habitat.
Our new math game of the week is called Rolling For 50. Ask your child about it.
Have you heard about our meditating table? I used to call it the calming table, but the kids wanted to rename it. So we did. This is what they came up with. It’s a place to go when you are feeling strong emotions and you need a little quiet time.
Look at this beautiful design created during Math Workshop.
Thanks for coming together and sharing all the great ideas for Harvest Festival. Looking forward to seeing everyone next week for Open House, Wednesday, October 5th at 5:30.