At the beginning of the year, when going over my expectations for the kids and different classroom procedures, I love asking what "they" want in a Teacher. I love how they get so happy and excited, all answering in complete sentences..."I want a teacher that..."
Here is what they came up with. I think I can make this happen! I loved the "crazy sometimes" response! fun, fun!
Meet the teacher is this Thursday, August 22nd 4-5:30!
I hope to see you there!
School is Starting
School is starting once again,
It's time to see all my friends.
To share my fun-filled memories
At the summer's end.
The first day there, I'm nervous,
For everything is new...
My classmates and teachers,
And all my classes too!
I hope to try my hardest
To make good grades, you see
For my parents and all my teachers,
I'll make something out of me!
I just love this back to school poem! The start of a new school year is such an exciting time! No need to be scared or nervous, because we are going to have so much fun learning this year and YOU WILL FIT RIGHT IN!
As this year comes to an end, I am at a loss for words... as I am both sad and happy. Sad, because I will miss the sweet things said, and the learning that happened with this classroom family, on a day-to-day basis, but I am also happy, thankful, and feeling blessed for this past year and getting to teach all of you! I am so proud of all of my first grade friends! We had such a fabulous year! I have prepared a video of the learning that took place this past year, in room 19.
"Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling, and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some of our Chapters raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections." - The Ronald McDonald House
This past year we worked together, in room 19, to collect coke tabs. With help from our families and friends, we were very successful in collecting a large amount of pop tabs to give to the Ronald McDonald House. This is a great way for the kiddos to learn about helping others. Collecting pop tabs is something simple enough for everyone to take part in. They are making a difference for other children and their families. Every bit we can collect, helps.
We placed this large tub in our window and even had students from other grade levels collect and bring bags from home. We were able to collect several tubs worth of tabs for the Ronald McDonald House!
For those of you who are not familiar with the Ronald McDonald House, it is a world-wide, non-profit organization, helping children and their families. Here is an excerpt from the Ronald McDonald website about who they are...
"Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Often, it can be a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mom and dad close by for love and support.
Our Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed."
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At the beginning of the year I posted about the PAWS of Excellence we earned within the first couple weeks! We earn PAWS from other teachers or administrators on campus, for doing recognizable things. We can earn PAWS for our hard work, being a good example, walking in a straight quiet line in the hallway, etc. Our class did a great job this year with working hard to earn PAWS. It is a great way for the kids to learn hat they have to work together to achieve their goals. Everyone has to do their part!
Everyone got to leave with their own PAW, because like I said, each and every ONE of us had a part in earning them! We ended the the year with a whopping, 34 PAWS! Way to GO!
This is one of my favorite units! The kids love learning about children, and their different cultures, from all over the world! The kids get so excited about their research!
Connections, help to confirm their understanding! Joseph found an Ibex in a book about Germany and connected it to when we learned about the 'Shofar'. The 'Shofar' is an Israeli instrument made from the Ibex's horns.
During our Economy unit, we learned about saving & spending, buying & selling, needs & wants, producers & consumers, etc. This producer/consumer activity was neat to see what the kids would come up with for representing, both, consumers and producers.
Before the end of school, Mrs. VanderLinden was able to come back for another visit. We love when she comes to read to us!
She brought a great book for inferring, Pearl Learns a Lesson, written by Laura Appleton-Smith. It had a lot of tricky words, but since we are so smart we were able to infer the meanings by working together! It was a great book with a great lesson!
We have had a great time observing the Woodview Garden this year. With this being the first year, we got to see it before anything was planted and continued to observe it all year long. We saw the different stages of the plants as they grew all year long, as well as observed how the different seasons affected them. There is so much learning that happened outside of the classroom, at the garden. Very thankful we had this opportunity to be creative with our learning. The kiddos loved it!
This is where my first grade friends turned into scientists!
I was at school last week, the end of July, and made a visit to the garden. It looked very different than when we left for summer break. This is what I found!...
We studied plants in Spring and had a lot of fun! We have been observing the school garden throughout the entire year, which has really helped us form a good foundation of plants. After learning the functions of the different parts of a flower, we dissected a plant. The roots were a big hit. They were really neat to see and touch, since we usually don't get a good look at them, being underground.