Hello and Happy Saturday!
I hope you're all having a restful and healthy weekend. I know the kids and I have been sharing the same yucky cold the past couple of weeks, so here's to hoping to us all feeling good and healthy again here soon! :)
The children are getting into their daily routines, learning the school and class rules and expectations, and learning the class daily and weekly schedules. Every day we put our backpacks away, put our take home folders in our class folder holder (I check them for notes and my Teacher Helper for the week takes notes down in our silver class folder to the office secretaries), have a class bathroom and drink break, we listen to daily announcements on the intercom, say the pledge with our "Pledge Leader," take attendance and lunch count, put our lunch cards / lunch boxes in the top of our lockers, Teacher Led Reading Time, Heggerty, Fundations, Guided Reading (Reading Centers), Recess, wash hands, Lunch, change into gym shoes, have a class bathroom and drink break, Calendar / Weather / Number of Days in School, Everyday Math Lessons, Math Centers, Gym (P.E.) class, change into going home shoes, bathroom and drink break, wash hands for snack, Snack, Lucy Calkins' Writing Lesson and writing time in our spiral notebooks, Mystery Science and / or Social Studies Lesson, and / or "Leader in Me" or "Second Step" Lesson, get folders and grab backpacks from lockers, walkers sit by class door and bus riders sit on class rug, we do class stickers on behavior charts and prizes, we straighten up the room by wiping down tables and chairs, and we are dismissed to go home. Usually while the children are waiting to be dismissed I will turn on a PBSKids video on our class promethium board for them to watch while they are waiting.
Students are able to take bathroom and drink breaks throughout the day, along with our full class bathroom and drink breaks. I change class helpers each week. We have a line leader, teacher helper, pledge helper, plant keeper (water our class plants by the windows a couple times a week), chair cleaners, table cleaners, recycle helper (pick up papers on floor and put in recycle), and garbage helper (pick of scraps and put them in the class garbage cans). The students have also been taking part in their Specials: Art (Mondays), Music (Mondays and Wednesdays), P.E. (M-F), Computers (Fridays), and Library (Thursdays). We have been assessed in STAR Reading and STAR Math and are almost done being assessed by Fountas and Pinnell in our classroom.
The kids have been working hard! As stated in the email I sent to all of our class families a few days ago, "Tic Tac Toe" homework sheets will begin to go home at the beginning of each week starting this coming Tuesday and will be due back the following Monday. Students are to complete three homework activities in a row (up and down, across, or diagonal) and can staple papers that accompany work activities to be returned with the "Tic Tac Toe" sheets. Students are also expected to read at least 20 minutes at home per day, work on writing skills (at least three times a week at home), and math skills (at least three times a week at home). Extra experience will benefit the children in their learning skill levels.
Have a wonderful three-day weekend! Take Care, Mrs. Julie Zimmermann