Thursday, August 29, 2013

Superkiddos' News

Hello, Superkiddos and their families! We've had a FANTASTIC week! We've learned so much that we can't possibly include it all here, but look back over our posts this week and you'll see a few things. Also, here's a quick summary of what we did in words:

  • worked on being responsible for reading better, faster, longer, and stronger
  • solved many reading problems we've been having
  • began using punctuation to guide our voices during reading
  • learned to react to words in reading
  •  worked on our personal narratives (stories that really happened to us)
  • tomorrow we'll have our first writing celebration which we will be sure to post pictures of for all to see! (don't worry, we'll have one where parents can come soon too...this one is for kids only to keep it simple this time)
  • learned to edit our writing
  • learned several addition strategies
  • solved mystery (algebra) problems
  • worked with negative numbers
  • practiced addition facts
FAQs this week from parents:
  • When will they start spelling? As I mentioned at parent night, we are finishing spelling assessments right now and I'll be analyzing those results this weekend to find out exactly what your child needs to work on for spelling. Next week you'll begin to see word work and then tests the next week.
  • Where are their grades? Their grades haven't been entered in Harmony yet, as I'm still completing assessments one-on-one. Please call if you're concerned.
  • What papers should be coming home? You'll see morning work (this may be incomplete as their morning work is enrichment for the day and they may be meeting with me, helping with things, etc., rather than completing it) and math for now. Next week you'll see word work, but you won't see writing often. They collect their writing and go back and work on old pieces often. Many papers come from outside businesses and the office as well.
  • What about Class Dojo? I've decided not to use Class Dojo for now...this class is very relaxed in personality and doesn't seem to really need it. :) 
 Save the date:
  • Monday, September 2 is Labor Day. No school.
  • Friday, September 20 is our school-wide Walk-A-Thon. We'll be walking from 12:30-1:00, and the teacher race is at 2:00. Come on out!
  • NWEA (computer) testing begins next week and ends on Friday, September 13. No your best!
Have a fantastic weekend! Enjoy this warm weather while we still have it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two more reading goals!

Maddy and Katlynn worked hard to stay focused!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tips for writers: Kaydin and Gavin P

Kaydin says, "I spent my time writing on this paper. I'm a good writer because I just keep on writing until I'm done."

Gavin says, "My tip is if you mess up on something, you can go back and fix it."

Tips for being your own reading boss

Katlynn says, "Pick out books that you like."

Jadyn says, "Just try out books that you think are interesting. Just try them out!"

Gavin G says, "Pick just-right books."

Trinity made her reading goal!

Trinity finished "Junie B., First Grader"! Super job!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Writers add details in pictures




Reading Goals Made...woot!

Katlynn finished all the books in her book bin!
Maddy finished "Junie B., First Grader at Last." Yahoo!
Elliette worked hard to not be distracted today!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Haylee and Eric made their reading goals!

Haylee finished her chapter book and Eric chose better books. Woot!

Eric's the boss!

This is the first day Eric has focused entirely on his reading without being distracted. Wanna know why? He's the boss of his reading life, and he noticed he needed to choose better books. What a guy.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gavin G's Tip for Writers

"This chart helps you write stories and it helps you if you don't have a story. You can just look at the chart and you can make one."

Landon's Tip for Writers

"I made plans about what I'm going to do on each page."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Let's Chat Night

A Little Bit of Me
Christi and Evan

My sweet babies

One of our doggies
Celebrating Writers
Our book, coming out next month

Things we'll chat about tonight:
  • How students are disciplined
  • How I teach reading, writing, and math
  • What does a typical day look like?
  • Technology: Twitter, Blogger, Instagram
  • Read at home (see graphic)
  • Homework policy
  • Best way to contact me
  • Questions

Here's the only homework your child will have. This is a pretty big deal.

Friday, August 16, 2013

What Good Readers Look Like

Good readers...
eyes look at the book.
sit in one place.
keep their hands, feet, and legs to themselves.
use level one (whisper) voices to read to themselves.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013