Did you see your child's autobiography? They were utterly amazing! I loved how proud they were of their accomplishment! We worked on it all week, a page a day! Their writing is becoming stronger and stronger everyday!
We managed to get many apple activities completed and had fun along the way!
The apple was put on the scale, bear counters placed on the other side of the scale, filling the bears to an equal weight with the apple, and then the bears were counted by using tallies. This child was in the middle of counting and tallying their bears!
We also studied the seasons of an apple tree.
Learning about Johnny Appleseed Chapman, parts of an apple, seasons, and friendship rounded out our week!
Buddy reading is a very enjoyable activity. The children choose their buddy and find a spot to read the story of the week together.
Here's a few pictures of them buddy reading.
A video sums it up pretty well! It may sound noisy, but everyone is reading the story aloud and listening to one another!
If you listen closely, one child is helping another. He tells him he is not supposed to read. He responds, I am helping. I love capturing moments of the day when they are in the middle of learning activities!
Friday is always a very exciting day for us. No, I do not think it is because we do our testing on Friday.
Fridays are cause for celebration! Media, Lunch Bunch, Show and Tell(wait-we do that every day), Star Student, and Froggy!
Friday was a smidge more exciting because we had the opportunity to head over to the media center for our first media lesson. Mrs. Brown introduced us the the media center(That's a fancy word for library! (o: ). She went over the rules, showed the children their book area, how to check out, and how to take care of the books. The children are able to check out books every week when we go to the media center. They are allowed to keep the books for two weeks, but are not able to check out a new one each Friday if they have not returned their books.
We also celebrate great behavior by eating lunch in the classroom if their card was not flipped all week. They LOVE this!
Show and Tell was exciting and the clues are sometimes funny, sometimes hilarious, and most times so easy the children always guess! The chance the children have to enrich their vocabulary is excellent! We saw a purple care bear today and an army jet. The other day, a student brought in a real Florida Key conch shell...she even knew how to blow it! Ok, imagine...first grade, little girl, conch shell, and her cheeks puffing out as she pinched her lips together and blew for everything she had...instant hilarity! The children did not miss the opportunity to laugh from the bottom of their bellies!
We started the star student program last Friday. This is an opportunity for us to learn more about one another. The children also created a page for the star student book. I bound the book together and created a Start Student keepsake Haley was able to take home. Each one will have the chance to be the star student! Who knew something so easy could be so powerful?
These are in various states of completeness, I took the photos as they were working.
"Haley skips like a princess." Now, I ask you this...Does it get any more wonderful than this?
They came up with their very own ideas...I simply said, "You all know Haley. I want you to write something nice about her or a special memory you may have of her."
Just when you thought it could not get more exciting, we have a new student coming to our class on Tuesday! Her name is Kaitlyn. Please make sure to share the exciting news with your child. Encourage them to make her feel welcome!
Hope you enjoyed your long weekend!
We spent the weekend in Ocala with my husband's parents.
I took my three children to see the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It was a fun movie and full of imagination and creativity! The children swam and played. My husband went fishing in the Gulf with his father. I relaxed and enjoyed the time I had to spend with my family! On Sunday, I wrote out a scavenger hunt of things to find in Ocala and off we went to find them.
Scavenger Hunt List:
-4 unreal horses (Ocala is known for horses! They have large horse statues painted in different themes all across Ocala.))
-1 real horse
-1 fall leaf
-a stick that looks like a fork
-a parking meter
-deodorant for Jacob
-Toys for Jay
(His 2nd birthday is October 29th and I wanted some sort of an idea what he would want. He picked out his favorite~and didn't want to leave it behind. He cried and threw a mini fit. I told him, you don't always get what you want and you have to wait until your birthday.)
Yes, it is true. We headed to Ocala's town square and found several of the things on our list. I added the other grocery things because I had to also go to the store!
Don't be afraid to try this sometime with your own children. They loved the whole idea of a scavenger hunt! Plus, they got to explore a little of the town we visit often!
Please remember no school on Monday!