Today we played a simple counting game. The students sat in a circle and went around the circle counting. However whenever reached 6 and then 7 the students had to say the number and clap. The next student would start over at 1. This was a challenge to get the clapping to correspond with the correct number, but we got better as time went on.
Today we worked so hard to get a few more students passing off all of their istation and iready time and quizzes to get charms. Wow! They worked hard and we didn't quite all get them passed off, but we got a lot done and a lot of charms earned.
On a different note. As I am sitting in my classroom looking around trying to figure out what I need to get straightened up before parents get here for parent teacher conferences I see pillows lined up so neatly against the wall, computer keyboards and head phones put up so they are nice and clean, and chairs pushed in all over the place. Today has been a great day filled with kindness! Kids who pass out hand sanitizer without being asked, and no one yelling at them that they shouldn't be doing that. :) Kids who helped pick up desks and chrome books for other students who were in the hallway working without being asked. They are truly a great group of kids that I get to work with every day! I appreciate them so much!
Today we took our very first math test. The students showed that they could count. They worked on finding combinations of five, and identifying more and less. The next few weeks are going to be similar concepts counting 6, 7, 8, and 9, writing these numbers, and making these combinations. I think the hardest part is identifying combinations to make the numbers, so this will be our focus.
This week our sight words for the week are be, by, am, as, and at. The students are doing so well learning their words. We will just keep plugging away at them. If you have a few minutes to work on these sight words at home each day it will continue to make a difference. We are becoming readers!!
Today we worked on finding words that belong to the
-at family. The students added 7 words to our circle map. Word families are wonderful because they help with rhyming which helps with reading! Can your child tell you any words that end with at?
The students had a great time today listening to the fish and game speaker. She talked about all sorts of wildlife that is found in Idaho. She showed the students pictures of different bats and owls as well as wolves and coyotes. The students were able to listen to the sounds these animals make, and were able to touch a variety of animal pelts. They loved having her come and share her fun knowledge with them!
We had a great morning visiting Linder Farms! We went on a hay ride, went through the corn maze, pet some animals, and played on the playground. The students seemed to have a great time and are bringing home their pumpkin today that they went out and picked. What a fun outing to Linder Farms!
Oh my goodness!!! Seriously this may have been the cutest thing of the year! The students did such a great job on their vests! I could tell they took a lot of pride in creating something they could share! Since we were going to play our final day of Candy Land each student was able to walk around our Candy Land board and model their vest for the class. It was fun to hear the students tell each other what they liked. Truly a positive for all! I am so proud of them!
Today we had Kuna's firemen come visit! We were able to listen to them tell us about being a fire fighter, watch a movie about fire safety, practice stop, drop, and roll, and even ask questions. The students loved the visit from the firemen! They were given an assignment to work with you to discuss a fire escape route and to find a meeting space. This is a great week to have this family discussion!
As a review of our letter sounds today we visited Candy Land! Our classroom was decorated in rainbow table cloths, with a giant candy land path on the floor! The students practiced identifying the beginning sound of a variety of pictures. They had the chance to write and say the letter sound. We had three students be the pieces to move around our giant sized game board, and one student be the spinner to tell each piece how far to move. It was a lot of fun quick practice. (I did take some picture of the students in Candy Land, and I will hopefully get those uploaded tonight.)