Back at School 2022!


Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 14, 2022

Hello, First Grade Families!

We are back at school, and it is so good to be together again in the New Year.  The kids have been learning all kinds of new things.

This week we had an author come visit us on Zoom.  She wrote the book Olympig and told us how she gets her writing ideas.

In math, we have been learning how to measure with non-standard units.

We also keep working on composing and decomposing numbers up to 10.

In writing, we have started writing non-fiction teaching books.  We will learn several strategies to use to help us teach our readers about topics we are experts on.

The most exciting project of the past couple of weeks has been our winter bulletin board the kids completed with Marla.  It was inspired by the Jan Brett book, The Mitten.  Too cold to go out?  We brought the outdoors inside by creating this lovely winter scene.  The kids gathered around it the other day to compliment each other on the little creatures each child made.  “I feel proud of our work,” said one child.

At choice time, we continue to build and play with our friends.

It’s so good to be back at school!  🙂



Porcupine Den


Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on January 12, 2022

Welcome back to school 2022!

It’s so good to have all of our first-grade friends back with us.  On one of our first days back, we went out to visit that porcupine den we found out in the woods in the Fall.  The kids couldn’t wait to see what had changed.  So many questions started coming up.  What does that porcupine do in there all winter?  It’s so cold!

Then we invited our local naturalist and animal expert, Dawn, to visit our classroom to teach us about porcupines.  She brought books, photos, porcupine skat, feet imprints, and even a SKULL!!  None of us could believe how big those teeth are on a porcupine! We asked her so many questions and she patiently answered everyone.

After that, we saw porcupines popping up in the kids’ artwork, block building, and stories as we’ve started talking more about what superpowers animals need to survive the winter.  We’ve decided to make it our winter study integrating non-fiction writing, research, and animal adaptations.  We came up with a list of questions we will use to guide our research

If you happen to be outside around school someday, have your child bring you down to our porcupine den!  I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot about it as our study enfolds over the next several weeks.


Happy Holidays!


Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 22, 2021

The kids have been working so hard the past couple of weeks making books about their families.  The goal was to help build positive identities for themselves and their families.  The kids shared their books with friends to celebrate the many things we have in common and the many ways we are different and unique.

The final product was something they were all very proud of.  One student shared with us, “When my parents opened it, I almost cried I was so proud!”  That feeling of pride was what we were hoping for!  I hope you can share that feeling with your child.

The most fun was decorating cards and wrapping them up as gifts for our family.

The past couple of days have been quiet at school.  We went outside and made winter flowers in honor of the Winter Solstice.  The kids painted them with sparkly paint.  They came out so pretty.

We wish all of our First Grade families a happy holiday time and healthy days ahead in the New Year.  Enjoy your break, everyone!!  🙂

Winter Art


Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 10, 2021

It’s winter!


We bundled up and went outside this week to look for nature items to make winter art.  Before we went out, we talked about the difference between hemlock and pine trees.  Then we went out to look for some.

We came back inside to sort the items we found.

Then turned them into beautiful winter art!

They are now hanging in the hallway and the kids have enjoyed appreciating each others’ work.

In other news…our first graders are truly turning into readers and writers!  It is so wonderful to see.

In math, we are learning how to find patterns on the 100 board and how to skip count.

Lots of hard-working kids!  🙂

Published Books!


Posted by Alissa | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 3, 2021

We have been working so hard on our writing at school!  We just finished learning about how to write true narratives about things that are important to us.  We also learned how to edit our stories using an editing checklist.  Examples of your child’s work were sent home this week.  Every child now has a “published book” that we will keep in a special place in our classroom library so others can read their writing.  It is so exciting to watch our first-grade writers learn how to write and express themselves.  🙂


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