Monday, September 4, 2017

The Three Billy Goats Retelling

Using puppets is a wonderful way to retell stories. Students are taking turns using the The Three Billy Goats Gruff puppets to retell one of our favorite Star books. A Star book is a traditional story that the children hear a few times until they are able to "read" or "retell" the story by looking at the pictures and noticing the words. Some other Star books include: Caps for Sale, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Carrot Seed.

Star Name of the Day

Star Name is another kindergarten tradition that not only helps reinforce letters and sounds but helps the children get to know one another. A name is randomly picked out of a box. It is written on the board. We count out letters, clap out syllables, cut up the name and mix it up so that the "Star" can put it back in order and mix it up again to have a friend put the name in order. We also see what the new name has in common with other names that have been chosen. Students get to ask the "Star" questions and then they draw a picture of that person with one of things discussed. We put all the pages together to make a book and the "Star" gets to take the book home as a keepsake.

Partner Reading is beginning

The children are getting into the rituals and routines of partner reading. They include sitting side-by-side with the book in the middle and sharing it with their partner. This takes a lot of practice and patience to get this right. At this age, both students are excited to show their book to their friend but it is best to take turns and look at the book together. This is where the partner can show "Wow" pages of interesting findings and other great pictures to share.

Kindergarten Self Portraits

 One of our traditions is to have the students draw a self-portrait of themselves the first week of school. We cut them out, mount them on construction paper, laminate and display them throughout the year.
 This is a great way to see how the children see themselves. They are very careful and take this project seriously.
At the end of the year we like to have them draw another self-portrait and compare the two. They are the most surprised at their growth as an an artist.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kindergarten is Exhausting!

During Writer's Workshop, one of our little ones conked out while still holding his crayon. It was the third day of school and he may just have needed a little cat nap. How could you not love this picture?

Humpty Dumpty: Our First Rhyme




Our first week of Kindergarten is now behind us. In Skills Block, we have been singing about Humpty Dumpty, pointing out words that rhyme and that are the same, and have also danced to the Humpty Dumpty song. Nursery rhymes are a great way that students can practice phonemic awareness (being able to rhyme words) which is important in reading preparedness.
 Today students had lots of fun making the first page of their Nursery Rhyme book. We will be adding a new rhyme once a week.

Kindergarten Class Picture 2017-2018

Here they are...the Mall-ard's Kindergarten Class of 2017-2018. We have high expectations for this beautiful group of kids and can't wait to see them learn and grow. This was actually the second day of school and amazing that we were able to these five year old children to sit so nicely to get their picture taken!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Moving on to Second Grade

It is an equally happy and sad time in Room 104. Children realize that they are leaving us after two years (Kindergarten and First Grade). Some of our students are moving (San Francisco, Tampa, and Georgia). We can't keep them forever but we hope that what they have learned from us, socially and educationally, will live with them for a very long time. It has been our pleasure to be your child's teachers and they will forever be in our hearts. Below are some miscellaneous pictures through the year.  







Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Visit from Miss Jacksonville

The children were very excited today to get a visit from Miss Jacksonville Teen. She chatted with the children and read them a book. It was a great surprise on one of the last days of first grade!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Revision Party - Writer's Workshop

 Today we celebrated our series writing with a "Revision Party".  First, we brainstormed our favorite authors and talked about what we liked about their book and style of writing. Some students liked how Kevin Henkes uses the same characters in his books; some liked how Eric Carle makes his books fun making the pages so unique and others liked Mary Pope Osborne and how Jack and Annie's adventurers are always so interesting in The Magic Treehouse Series.
 Then the children were invited to use some of those favorite characteristics in their own writing by revising words and sentences.There was a lot of excitement in writing at this revision party!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kevin Henkes Celebration 2017

 It was time to celebrate our mentor author Kevin Henkes and his beloved mouse books. Children dressed up as their favorite character and had a great time rotating through centers this morning. These are our Lilly's and Mr. Slinger.
 The boys loved "Wendell" from "Weekend with Wendell."
 Chrysanthemum is a class favorite along with Mrs. Twinkle.
 Wemberly Worried was these three girls favorite!
Finally, we have Julius, Sheila Rae, and Lilly - this was a great day to celebrate a wonderful author!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kevin Henkes Puppet Presentations

Today students started bringing in their Kevin Henkes puppets from their favorite book. We had a few Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse presentations and the children had a wonderful time retelling the story with the puppets. We will be doing a few each day so that everyone has a turn to retell these great stories with lots of life lessons.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reader's Theater - Kevin Henkes

 The children are enjoying our Kevin Henkes Author Study this month. They have been practicing their Reader's Theater scripts and they take it very seriously. We have four script practices going on in our room this week: Chrysanthemum, Weekend with Wendell, Sheila Rae the Brave, and Owen which are all class favorites.
After a few days practice, students were up and doing their final rehearsal before their class presentation. These Reader's Theater scripts are not only fun for children, but it helps with fluency and intonation. After they present the play, they get to pick a new book to rehearse.

Friday, February 3, 2017

"Sleepover" Camping Out Under the Stars

 Today was the First Grade "Sleepover" - Camping Out Under the Stars. Students came to school in their pajamas had a whole day of sleepover activities. It started with a parade around the school with them holding their pillows and flashlights. The cupcakes are compliments of one of our room moms (Nicole). It was a memorable day for the kids.









Working on our Analogies


Students worked in groups on analogies in Writer's Workshop. Children wrote opinions about restaurants, ice cream stores, movies, games and sports. Those that wrote on the same topic, worked in groups and organized their analogies. 
They made beautiful cover and title pages for their collections.
Afterwards, the groups presented to the class. It was a wonderful way for them to talk about their opinions on the same subjects, collect their data, and report to the class.

Friday, January 27, 2017

100 Days in First Grade 2016-2017

In First Grade,we like to mark the 100th day of school with a bit of excitement but not over the top like Kindergarten.  Today, we played Bingo with numbers to 100, played Race to $1.00, performed 100 exercises and they shared their 100 day water bottle filled with 100 items. Some of the items that were placed in the bottles were 100 Nerds, Pompoms, pennies, Legos, Skittles, toothpicks and 100 spelling words!
Thank you Ella for the great 100 day treat! Everyone enjoyed the "chocolate-y" 100!!