Sorry it's been awhile, but I have been working on assessing the students, getting everyone working on our classroom rules and routines, and getting to know your kiddos (most importantly, of course!)...
I am also running Odyssey of the Mind, and setting up our FIRST Toquam team, which is a program for the 3-5 grade students which practices problem solving. I am ALSO running Girls On The Run, our FIRST Toquam team, with Ms. Hofer from 3rd grade! Needless to say... I am finally getting settled in with all of the things going on this year, so here I am, posting about my classroom!
I have been focusing on getting our students to rotate through centers safely and quietly. Our room is not huge, so this is especially important as I don't want the kids pushing and shoving when they are going from place to place. As a result, we have been doing centers for most of the day!
This serves two purposes:
1. The kids need to be prepared for independent work. I meet with small groups all day, which ensures that I am meeting the needs of each kiddo. It also means that they need to be independent learners!
2. It allows me to teach the rules of centers without lecturing the kids. I bring them into centers that they really like - one or two, they didn't LOVE because they weren't AS fun, but ya know... gotta do SOME paperwork! :) - and then I teach them to transition. They know that they waste time in centers if they are fooling around, and MAN they do not like that. These centers? They were COOL.
Another little sorter :)
These kiddos are doing a FAVORITE. Seriously guys - it's magic. The sight word HERE seems to be difficult for most to read when it comes to our assessments, so I taught it today. The kids use a push pin, and they poke holes in the word so that once they are done, it's see through! When you hold it up to the light, it's super cool and looks like it's shining.
Parents, you have never seen kids more engaged or excited. You would think I gave them MAGIC tools. SO CUTE.
Silent, hard working kids! This practices their fine motor skills and builds sight word skills! This was one of the first ones, but next time you might see some additional activities on that sheet.
At this table, the kids were doing a cutting/sorting worksheet which helps them learn to subitize their numbers. Subitize is just a fancy word for being able to look at a "set" of things and know it's a certain number. Kind of like how when you roll a die, you know that 5 dot pattern is 5, automatically.
One last shot of my kiddos doing some sorting.
Today was a great day!
I am super pleased with the amount of amazing things happening in my room. I love that the kids are working hard and I can't wait to see what we can accomplish this year!
Just a quick reminder - Open House is on 10/6. Ours is the last rotation! I work really hard to talk to ALL parents the best that I can, but please understand I can't really conference re: your child's progress on Open School Night. I am MORE than happy to set up an appointment to meet with you another time to discuss your child's progress as I have a much better idea of where the kiddos stand now!
I will be signing parents up for December Parent-Teacher Conferences during our open house, so please bring your calendars! :-) See you then!