We had a fabulous holiday party thanks to some wonderful parent volunteers. After we enjoyed a gingerbread cookie snack, Mrs. Heelan, Mr. and Mrs. Behm, Mrs. Mendoza and Mr. Donnell helped the children with games or activities. At our party children enjoyed the Pho-Ho-Ho-to Booth, played tic-tac toe, roll-a-santa, and cookie toss. They could also choose to decorate a tree, complete a number hunt, or play "Pin the Heart on the Grinch" or "Holiday Bingo". There are lots more pictures on our photo gallery page!
During our Math block we learned that there are different ways to show numbers, discovered that counting by tens is a quick way to count big numbers and played Top-It with “teen” number cards.
During our Reader’s workshop we read new just-right books with Ms. McCormack, worked with Ms. Audet to complete a hidden picture by reading our spelling words, learned a new spelling word it, completed a spelling-word dice race and worked at several independent centers to help us practice our spelling words, identify letter sounds, write letters or enjoy a book on tape.
When Mrs. Benoit visited us this week she taught us more about the “hidden rules” that are important for us to think about. She also talked to us about behavior that is expected and behavior that is unexpected. Expected behavior makes people feel happy, comfortable and want to be our friend. Unexpected behavior (unthinkable moments) makes people feel unhappy, confused and they may not want to play or work with us.
I was planning on having one more day this week! As grateful as I am to have this day at home to do some baking, I’m disappointed at not seeing the children today. I was looking forward to our all-school assembly, packing up the children’s December creations and to spending a nice quiet day in our jammies. We will plan to have our Pajama Day on Friday January, 5th. I hope you enjoy this break from the demands of a school routine and I’ll see you next year!!
These last, chilly days of fall have seen us with snow pants, hats, mittens and short (but much needed) periods of outside play. Getting dressed in all that gear gets just a little bit easier each time we do it. Today, as we started to read a story, a gingerbread clue fell right out of our book! We followed the clues around our school gathering up decorating supplies as we went. We returned to our classroom and found some plain gingerbread that needed some dressing-up!
During our Writer’s workshop we learned that writers use the real words to tell their story even if those words are hard to write. We practiced using our picture as we plan the words for our story and we shared our stories with our partner. We wrote special messages to our families and we wrote about who we thought the gingerbread man could run away from.
During our Math block we looked at 10 Frames and discussed how we knew how many dots there were. We practiced naming and counting to “teen” numbers. We learned that teen numbers are tricky to read because they don’t really follow the pattern that other numbers follow. We practiced making shapes with pattern blocks and learned that counting by 10’s is a quick way to count to high numbers. We also played the dreidel game and completed a Hanukah dice race.
During our Reader’s workshop we learned that our partners can help us to remember to use our reading super powers. We got new just right books for our book boxes and we made little books featuring the gingerbread man and our spelling word “is”. We practiced reading our spelling words, and sorting objects by their first sound and worked on our gingerbread write the room.