“*Dr. Kenneth Zike has said that at least 50% of the children with learning problems referred to the neurological clinic at his hospital had had no traumas, no birth injuries, and no other physical deviations. Their trouble seemed to come from pressure - pressure to do a task that they did not have the maturity to do.”

~Borrowed from Robert Jackson on the world wide web.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cloudy with a Chance

Dear Mrs. Carter’s Students,

Thursday, January 21, 2010 your presence is requested at School(Mrs. Carter’s classroom to be exact). You are to come dressed in your finest pajamas. Please remember our school dress code when putting together your favorite pajama outfit! Slippers are also a good idea. I wouldn’t want you tripping on any falling spaghetti and meatballs without them! Just throw them in your backpack and change from your sneakers to slippers once you arrive! We will be dining on such fine food as pancakes and eggs compliments of Chef Cartier` (That’s fancy talk for: Mrs. Carter will be making pancakes with syrup and eggs with ketchup if you so choose!) If you prefer to have a bag lunch, please pack your own (the cafeteria will also be serving bag lunches). We will be watching the movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs after lunch is cleaned up! Thank you for your attention and I look forward to Thursday!

Your Teacher,
Mrs. Carter

If you would like to donate any of the following, please call me or email me:
*paper plates
*plastic forks and knives
*juice boxes
I will be purchasing everything else.

***Slippers and Pajamas are optional! If your child has someplace to be after school, send in a change of clothes.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Happy New Year!

I know, I know...it's late. But, better late than never right?
I hope this post finds you well and looking forward to a positive year.

This past week has flown by in a flurry. There has been a blizzard of things to do and get caught up on from our recent winter vacation. Did you notice my reference to snowy weather? Well, let me assure you...it is ALLLLLL the children have been focused on all week. The prospect of snow was their main focus and goal this week and it started early Tuesday morning.

If you can not beat them, join them. This coming week we are learning about weather. We will cover temperature and how to measure it, clouds and what type of weather they bring, and the water cycle. Among many other things! We will be reading the book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and adding our own twist to the story!

Our reading story next week is called "Friends Forever". As you read the story with your child, PLEASE remember to go over the "Words to Remember" at the beginning of the story. These are sight words and they are getting more difficult. When we get to the test, they can not read these words(Obviously as sight words, they can not be sounded out.). I am trying to transition the children to begin reading the tests on their own. In second grade, the teachers do not read the tests to them. I work on independent reading and comprehension each day in small groups. You can help at home by read, read, reading with your child! :o)

This past week we had a wonderful lesson on Monet in ARTSEE. The children painted such beautiful renditions in the style of Monet. They were left drying on the back table in the classroom and the children will bring them home Monday.

This past week, you also received MANY tests. These were all from prior to the winter break while I was out having surgery. The substitutes graded the tests. This is why you may have noticed that some things I usually mark wrong were let go by the wayside. It would not have made a major difference on their grade so I did not change it. Otherwise, I can not tell you how wonderful a job the subs truly did.

Right down to the last day before break when she turned on beautiful classic music, moved the tables out and created a circle, handed each child two paper plates, and had them ice skate! Then, to put the icing on the cake she had hot cocoa for each child after they skated! This was of course after all the academics were done. You see, 6 and 7 year old children need to have fun! After all, isn't that what makes life enjoyable?

As the new year begins in the classroom, the expectations of your child are increasing. I am demanding neat hand writing or they try again, names must be on papers or they lose a point on their grade, neatness counts for a grade as well. Phonics skills are being repeated over and over, fluency is being practiced each day, and comprehension is a big focus now as we work towards the end of the year. Math concepts are being repeated in order that each child masters these skills in order to build on math knowledge. It is my goal to have them well prepared for the 2nd grade.