“*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.
Friday, September 24, 2010
We read this story together today. We have been talking about friendship and choosing good reading partners this week. Have your child retell the story to you tonight! They loved it! Afterwards, we made our own safety rules and illustrated them.
Here are their "Rules":
Never talk to strangers.
Never surf when you see a shark.
Never go in a lake when you see alligators in it.
Never play baseball in the house.
Always ride your bike with a helmet.
Don’t play with guns.
Don’t go swimming in a pool when it is green.
Never go surfing when a shark is there.
Stay away from cars.
Don’t smoke marijuana.
(Yeah, this one stopped me in my tracks too...but I chuckled to myself and moved on.)
Never run across the street when cars are coming.
They loved creating these! Only one child had heard this story before today. I love when I can bring a funny, good story to them!
This school year, thousands of classrooms across the country
will be participating in Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare
literacy campaign—a unique reading motivation program that
teaches children the importance of reading and giving.
Every student in your child’s class will pledge to read ten books—
and when they’ve finished, Scholastic Book Clubs and its charity
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all 50 states!
By encouraging your child to read today, and by empowering
him or her to share resources with those in need, we can
shape a brighter future where all children benefit.
Visit www.scholastic.com/ClassroomsCare with your child
for more details and fun activities.
PS: We do so much reading in the classroom, we will reach the goal of 10 books per child by the end of next week! The deadline is December 17, 2010. Thank you for all your support in creating children who love to read!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Here are some ideas to help you go over the story the night before the test:
- go over the "words to remember", this is for the vocabulary portion of the test
- discuss the genre, title, author, illustrator
- take notice of any phonics rules and discuss(such as -ck in Jack and Rick)
- listen to your child read the story
- make sure it is read fluently~if it's choppy, they have no idea what they are reading and are just spitting out words
- reread if necessary
- retell the story
- answer questions at the end of the story
- allow the child to ask you the question and check your comprehension
Hope this helps!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The ants are confused and ready for release. I caught my ants for the ant farm vs. buying them from the company who sells ants. They have been trying to get out the top more than they have been digging in the gel. Another teacher bought the ants and they dug happily content to do what ants do best. However, this brought up a wonderful conversation dealing with capturing wild animals and trying to make them tame for pets. The consensus was we need to let the unhappy ants go and catch some happy ones. I do not think they got the point! :o)
We started our study of the five senses. The children learned yesterday that sounds traveled like waves and caused the inner ear to vibrate which in turn sends a message to the brain. It just so happened I had a life like pop up book about the human body that actually allowed me to pull a tab and it showed the ear "vibrate"! It was very cool for the children to see it in action. We played sound games and even went outside to list the sounds we heard.
In math, we are continuing our study of subtraction using manipulatives and
pictures to show subtraction. If you missed the Math Information Night on September 16th, here is the information.
1. The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards were reviewed.
2. A tour of Go Math! website was done.
3. If you have difficulty with this link, go to www.thinkcentral.com, click on mathematics, then click on Go Math! Florida. This will take you to the login page.
Your child's login is his/her student number.(email me if you need this #)
Password is YYYYMMDD(his/her birthday).
Book fair is this week. You are welcome to come in and check out the fair with your child!
Here are our scheduled times:
Tuesday, Thursday: Book Fair Browse 12:40-1:00
Wednesday: Book Fair Browse 10:30-10:45
If you are unable to make those exact times, contact me and we can arrange something that works better for you!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
September 29, 2010 (Wednesday) 10:20-10:50 am
Tuesday and Thursday 12:40-1:00
Ask your child about our ants! No, we don't have ants in our pants. We have an ant house that is made out of a gel that the ants can tunnel through, eat, drink, and stays clean from bacteria and fungus. In 2003, the astronauts on the space shuttle took ants into outer space to study them. They needed to come up with a gelatin material that kept the ants safe during take off.
Ask your child what a Myrmecologist studies.
We have been observing the ants and learning a great deal about ants. I will post pictures very soon! In the meantime, here are some photos taken from this website where you can learn more about our ant farm!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I love all of the hands on activities and how in depth the curriculum goes into addition. The format is set up in a way that the children practice over and over again each "skill".
As a whole group we explore the skill with manipulatives and think about the "why" of the skill. The children then participate in a hands on manipulation of objects to make the skill more concrete for their developing minds. After I have introduced the skill, we work together on a few problems. Then, the responsibility is released to them. I have the children work in pairs. Most of the children have mastered the days skill and are then available to "teach" each other. By teaching others, they are solidifying the skill in their own minds. The ones who were on the fence about the skill usually get it through this working time. They have time to practice it with a partner. I make my way around and help those who may be confused. We come back together and discuss what we learned, clear up any remaining confusion, and then complete a task on their own to show mastery. It is at this time I am able to stop at the one or two children who still did not get the skill and work one on one with them.
The material is well organized, developmentally appropriate, and introduced in a manner that makes it understandable. The one skill that gave children a bit of trouble was ways to make a number.
If you remember the homework last week, it was when they had to color the uni fix cubes red and blue.
Overall, I am looking forward to our math series which introduces the skills in order in a developmentally appropriate manner!
How is math homework going?
Do you find your child struggling?
The homework is a reinforcement of what was taught at school that day.
If you saw your child struggle as they completed the work, please make a note on the homework for me.
Thanks for all your help and support!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The books I read to them all teach a lesson of some sort or another that goes along with our reading workshop. I perfected a series of mini lessons that gradually releases responsibility to the children for their reading. Thus, allowing me the time to conference with each one during the week as a means of keeping them focused on their individual reading needs and goals without being interrupted. I am teaching them how to read, listen to, and comprehend books. I make mistakes when I read such as saying wall instead of hall. I stop and say wait a minute. Did that make sense? They say no. I reread that sentence and fix up the mistake I had made and then talk about how easy it is to make a mistake. I then explain how easy it is to fix the mistake. They are doing a very good job during the reading portion time of class. They have learned quite easily which are the "just right" books for themselves. Some are still working on this, and I conference with them to help them through this learning process. Not to mention they love our "I PICK" song. I am not so sure it is about the words to the song or if it is how I have taught them to dance to the song. I believe it is the latter...but I figure whatever it takes to help them remember how to pick just right books! They are up to about 25 minutes of sustained reading time.(This means they are quiet, nearly silent, and reading their just right books.) The goal is at least 45 minutes of which I will not demand silence. After all, talking about books and sharing your learning is how we all learn best! I keep reminding them that reading is like a sport and that they have to practice, practice, practice reading! I tell them that they are becoming voracious readers. They love the new and exciting words I point out such as indignant, voracious, and gleamed. I write them in my words I use when I write book because I love them so much and want to remember to use them in my writing during writers workshop. Modeling for them the exact way I want them to write these words they find as they read in their "words I use when I write" book. Next time you hear your child read...tell them they are becoming a voracious reader! They will probably faint that you recognized in them what their teacher has been telling them all along!
So many things happen in our day, I can not even begin to name them all. I do know that it is my goal to make their learning fun and meaningful in a developmentally appropriate way. You CAN NOT rush these things...so you might as well have a lot of fun along the way! I also can not stress enough how very much I care about each student, what they are learning, and if I am teaching it to my utmost ability! Besides, they are just children...life can get difficult and troublesome down the road...for now its about having fun and learning to love to learn!
I tweaked an email I had sent out earlier to a parent and placed it here on the blog. Good information for all!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This is a helpful tool for you to use to ensure that your child understands what he/or she is reading. Use this as a guideline while your child is reading to you at night.
Discuss the title and cover of the book
Make predictions about what you think the book may be about, or what might happen in the story.
Take a picture walk. Look at the pictures carefully, and discuss them. This gives them a sense of what the story will be about and gets their mind ready to read the book.
Help your child read unfamiliar words by using the “comprehension”strategies.
Encourage your child to make connections by asking, “Has anything like that ever happened to you?” or “Does this remind you of another book you’ve read or heard?”
Ask higher level thinking questions by asking…
• What would happen if…?
• Why did that happen?
• What would you do?
• What do you think might happen next?
Have your child retell the story.
Be sure they include:
o Have your child tell you his/her favorite part and why.
Talk about why they think the author decided on the title.
Hope this helps you help your child become a reader who understands what they read.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
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