Thursday, August 30, 2012


This week we finially started doing reading stations!! The kids have been waiting so patiently to begin this time. It is always a favorite time of day every year because the kids get to work in small groups doing many different games or activities. A few of the stations we do are computer:

and vowel matching:

We also do many other stations like listening center, reading corner, magnetic words, spelling, and several others. I know they'll be just as excited when we start getting to add in math stations! Ask your child which stations they did today!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Student Storytelling

This week in reading we are working on our comprehension by sequencing stories that we read. Today we read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. The old lady swallowed a fly first and then she swallowed many other animals! How absurd! We used some picture clues and created our own mini versions of this story. Check out two of them below:


Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Club

Today I sent home a flyer for the Scholastic Book Club! Every month I will send a flyer home like this. You can browse the flyer or online for books for your child at home. You can order online by clicking the Scholastic Book Club picture on the right hand side (using the class code GLNZD). You can also order using the flyer I sent home and turn it in with cash, check, or money order. Scholastic offers great books as well as freebies for our class! Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, August 3, 2012

First Day!

Well the first day has come and gone...and boy am I tired! Here is a quick rundown of what we did today (because I'm sure it might be too much to remember!):

First the students came in and found their desks. They had a few back to school pages to work on as their classmates came in. Then we went through the supplies! From the minute they walked in, they were ready to get them out! If you are in need of a supply list, go to the parent info tab above and click on supply list. I hope everyone can have their supplies in by Wednesday.

After the giant task of supplies, we practiced hallway and stairway procedures. Now that your child is on the lower level at CGE, they will be using the stairs a lot! We don't want any injuries, so we practiced safety! We also checked out the cafeteria to find our table.

When we came back from our quick tour, we read First Day Jitters. We talked about the different feelings that children and teachers might have on the first day and made a class chart. Then each student created a picture of their face showing their feelings on the first day. I forgot to take a picture of the chart we made - I'll try to add it later. Most of the children were happy and excited to begin first grade!

I then took a picture of each student because we use pictures for quite a few things and they always look so nice on the first day :) Then it was time for lunch! Boy were they hungry - even at 10:50! Recess came next and it was a hot one!

Next we got to meet Owen, the class tortoise. Owen was pretty outgoing and really seemed to like Vincent. He crawled towards him three times in a row!

We then went to specials class. There are only four special classes but we have five first grades, which means I divide up my class into four groups and they go with another class. I will be sending home the schedule Monday so you know where your child goes everyday.

We finished the day by making a short book about first grade! We also took a class picture. Look at all those smiling faces!

Have a great weekend and get lots of sleep for our busy week next week!