Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year!

It's the new year and we have a new face in our classroom! Monica Petzold (Miss Petzold) is a student teacher from UVM that will be here until May with us. She is so excited to become a part of our team!

On January 16th there is no school for students because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

As soon as we can find a child-friendly blog license kids will begin to blog. We will let parents know when to keep an eye out for that!

Now we are learning about famous Americans in class. We started off by looking at the Wright Brothers during read-a-loud. In the next week we will begin to talk about features of nonfiction texts that will help us when we read biographies.

In Math, we are learning about money. We are getting familiar with the different types of coins and how to use them to buy things.

Just a reminder that students should be reading every night at home, including weekends. This practice is so important!

For the past week we have been practicing team building through playing games. One of the games was to arrange ourselves in alphabetical order without talking. Our challenge was to communicate and help others without using our voices.

Learning a new Math game

Working with our Kindergarten buddies to make snowman masks

Where are our students? All I see are snowmen!

Team building games

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nutrition and Updates

We have been talking about nutrition the last two weeks! We are attempting to put a fun game resource here on our blog! Please be patient if it doesn't work!

We have talked about the 2 Bite Club! Some children have come and told us about trying 2 bites of a new food.  Some there were surprised they actually liked the new food. If they didn't they were still willing to try 2 bites again at another time!

We have been learning about place value and how it helps us read and compare bigger numbers! We have been playing a fun game called Target in the classroom.  Ask your child about this game to play at home!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Winter is Here!

Now that winter has arrived, please be sure to send your child prepared for the colder weather.  When there is snow on the ground, please be sure to send in boots for your child to wear on the playground. If it is possible, please send in a pair of indoor shoes/sneakers your child can leave at school.  This saves your child from having to remember to bring shoes each day. It also helps to not have your child wearing their wet boots in our classroom.  We like to work on the floor and it helps to keep the wet and mud outside our room.

We will be working on telling time and place value in the next few weeks.  Please play with clocks and practice telling time to the hour at home.  Be sure to point out the hour and minute hand on the clocks.

We will be talking about nutrition and how to look for foods that keep our bodies healthy! We will start off with the 5 food groups and then learn what each does for us!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Conferences and Updates

Just a reminder that conferences are coming up Monday and Tuesday, November 21, and 22. If you haven't signed up yet please go to the school website and choose our Pick-a-Time link.

We have been having a blast exploring twirlers and how air and gravity can push or pull!

Have and Wonderful Thanksgiving! See you all back on Monday, November 28!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Time is Flying By!

Wow! Where has the fall gone? Already the leaves have changed and fallen off the trees.  As the weather continues to grow colder, please be sure your child is dressed ready for any weather as it can change very quickly.  Be sure to label everything you send to school.  You won't believe what a collection we have in Lost and Found. Many children have similar clothing and we do our best to find owners, but with names inside it really helps all of us.

If you haven't signed up for a conference yet, please be sure to do so! I already told the children that they are invited to our conference so they can hear all the good things I have to say, and also hear new goals that all of us have to continue to grow. Remember, conferences are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 21, and 22.  There is no school on Wednesday, November 23. We will be together again after Thanksgiving on Monday, November 28.

Please continue to play the games we have been playing to strengthen our math skills.  We also have new strategies that we use to solve addition and subtraction problems.  Be sure to have your child tell you a strategy to solve a problem. If they are using doubles or make a 10 strategy, have them show you and explain it. This is a huge part of our math program, not just memorizing a fact, but also being able to show and explain strategies.

Look at what we did!! We used what we know about weights and counterweights to make a pencil balance on it's point! We will be talking about how things move and stay stable using different kinds of motion this week!

Keep reading at home! You really make a HUGE difference in your child's success when you are participating in their reading at home.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Checking In!

We had a wonderful trip to Echo!  Thank you to those parents that chaperoned to make our trip successful! There was so much to see and we learned a lot more about our lake.  Our walk helped us to see first hand many things our lake does for us.

We will be having a Halloween Party on Monday afternoon! Parents are invited to come see our parade.  Please remember the guidelines Ms. Millham has sent home when sending in your child's costume.We will be getting dressed around 1:30 and parading with our school around 1:50. We will then go into our classroom for snacks!  Thank you to all the parents that donated to our party!

Book Fair is coming up! Look for the brochures and check the school and Library websites for further details!

We will be working on many team building skills in the next few weeks. This will help us all as we work together with all others in our classroom.

We are really working on building our Fact Power in math.  Keep practicing your doubles and facts to 10 for both addition and subtraction. We have learned that the word "Sum" is the answer when we are adding.  We are working on the word "addends" are the numbers we are adding together to get the sum.  If we say "equal addends" we are actually talking about doubles!

We will be playing "Fishing for 10's" this week to strengthen our adding and subtracting skills.  It's really quite easy! Use a deck of cards with 4 sets of numbers 0-10. If you have regular playing cards, any face card can be 0.  Deal each player 5 cards.  You must use 2 cards to make combinations of 10. If you have any, you may put them down. First player asks another player "(Name) do you have a  (#) to go with my (#) to make 10. Example: (Name) do you have a 3 to go with my 7 to make 10.  Players must ask for only numbers that will accompany one in their hand to make 10. If the person they asked does not, they say "Go Fish." If the player that is asked does have the card, they must give it to the player that asked.  Play goes to the next player whether or not a match has been made.  The winner player is the one with the most combinations of 10 after all cards are gone.

Keep reading and don't forget to send in those October reading calendars!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Reminders and News!

Let's start with a few reminders.
1. Our field trip to Echo is this Thursday.  If you don't have your permission slip in, please get it in as soon as you can.  If there is a problem, please email me or call school to let us know how we can help!  If you have volunteered to chaperone, I am already counting on you!  I am hoping that as a chaperone, you will be willing to take 2 or 3 other children with you as you explore Echo, and to guide them when we take a short walk to see all the businesses that are impacted by our lake.

Here is our planned schedule for the day:
9:45 - Leave PPS and head to ECHO
10:00 - Welcome to ECHO
10:15 - 10:45 - Explore ECHO
10:45 - 11:30  - Mrs. Bissonnette's Class explore ECHO
11:45 - 12:30 - Mrs. Bissonnette’s Class workshop
12:30 - 1:00 - Lunch (Recess if not raining)

1:00 - 1:45 - Walk
If you are a chaperone, please be here by 9:30 so we can set up your group and make sure we are all packed and ready!

2. We will have a Halloween gathering!  Parents are being contacted to donate some healthy option snacks for our classroom. Ms. Millham sent home some helpful guidelines as to what is safe and appropriate for your child to wear for the costume parade.  If you do not want your child to participate, please just let me know!  We are all working on some fun activities for children that are not participating in our Halloween Parade.  If you would like to join us, we will start getting ready around 1:30. We always need extra hands to help us dress, take pictures, or set up our room to get ready for our snack after the parade.

3. Don't forget to keep those monthly calendars for reading going! If you lost yours, it is easy to just make a calendar on plain paper!

We are having a lot of fun exploring with Balance! We are learning about the balance point, weights, and counter weights!
Be sure to play our math games! They are a great way to practice our math facts to 10 and 20!  We played Odd or Even today! It's really easy! 
The game is over when you run out of cards.  Add up your points to see who the winner is! 

Just keep practicing math facts to 20 in any way you can have fun with it!