Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gearing up for Christmas!!!


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families! I know I did. There is just so much to be thankful for. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come & gone and now we are preparing for Christmas!!! How many of you hit up the Black Friday sales?!? Believe it or not, that is how I get in the Christmas spirit. I was out at Target at 6:00 pm waiting for a midnight opening. Can you say "cr-a-z-y!" I loved every minute of it though!
Enough of my rambling... here is what is in store this week:
Theme: Kids Around the World
Story of the Week: Kids Can Help
Spelling Pattern: S blends
Math: Addition and Subtraction to 18; fact families
Science: Earth's Surface & Water
Social Studies: Holidays Around the World unit

Don't forget to turn in your monthly Book-it-Forms. The goal for each month is for your child to read 10 books. Once they fill out the titles on their forms, they get a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut for FREE!! You can't beat free & it is a great way to motivate them.

Not much to report this week: A heads up that parents will be invited in on Tuesday December 14th at 9:00 am to watch a class play and to make a gingerbread house with your child. I will be sending home further information this week. We hope you can join us!

That's about all for now! I will keep you posted of events that are forthcoming in the near future.
Happy Holidays!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

So much to be thankful for...

Hello all,

I apologize for missing a week of blogging last week. It is such a busy time of year and the days just slip on by. We are back to our reading series after a week of review last week. This is what we are learning this week:

Theme: Being Friends
Story of the Week: Kate's Game
Spelling Pattern: Long a (words with silent e at the end).
Math: Subtraction to 20
Writing: Continuing stories, venturing into Thanksgiving writing
Science: Gravity/Force & Motion
Social Studies: Completing Veterans' Day activities & moving into Thanksgiving (Pilgrims & Indians)

Please don't forget that next week will only be a 2 day week. School will be in session on Monday & Tuesday. There will not be school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
*Please note that progress reports will be coming home on Wednesday!! If you have any questions, please let me know.

As you have noticed, the 1st grade curriculum is definitely picking up some speed...more weekly sight words to learn, harder spelling patterns. It is more important than ever to continue practicing skills nightly.

Thank you for all that you do & have a great week!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

50 days already?!?

Okay, I don't know about you, but I am sitting here wondering where in the world these past 50 days have gone!?! 50 days ago, your little ones entered my classroom for the first time to begin a 1st grade adventure. I hope they are enjoying every minute of the adventure, as I surely am! :) The progress I am seeing is phenomenal. I think ahead in anticipation to what they will be like in another 50 days! Here is what we are focusing on this week:
Theme: Let's Laugh
Story of the Week: On My Way to School
Spelling Pattern: l blends- bl, cl, fl
Math: Addition to 18
Science: The sun
Social Studies: Life then and now

We are almost done with Unit 2!! Next week will be a review week. I will be sending home a list of sight words for your child to practice. Please continue to do the great job with the sight words, as the intensity continues to build.

The 50th day of school celebration is tomorrow (Wednesday). Please dress your child up like he/she is from the 1950s (boys- hair slicked back, white button down shirts, jeans; girls- poodle skirts, capris, sheer scarves around neck). We will have a sock hop in the morning & our coke floats will be on Friday. If you are volunteering for the sock hop, please be at school by 8:30. If you are volunteering for the coke floats on Friday, please come in at 12:50. Thanks for all of your help!

Chick Fil-A spirit night is Friday!! The 3rd grade teachers will be in charge so come out & see them!

Picture proofs went home last week. All picture money is due by Monday November 7th!!

As always, thanks for everything!! I hope you know how much I appreciate your support!!