Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Taking Turns in K
Starting kindergarten can be overwhelming ... so many rules! To go over some of them, we read The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus and Mike Lowery. In the book, Mom doesn't do too well with meeting expectations: she shouts out answers, doesn't clean up after snack, and tries to cut in line! Very embarrassing, as the narrator tells her.

After reviewing what Mom could have done better, the students practiced taking turns.

First, they lined up to take their turn at the computer playing an animal sounds game. You can click here to play it at home.

Then they played a Dr. Seuss memory match game. I was so impressed by how patient both the AM and PM kids were while waiting for their turn. Great job, kindergartners!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Grade 3 Recommendations

Earlier on the blog, I posted lots of books I read this summer that I thought my students would enjoy. Now it's third grade's turn to make their recommendations:

Death by Toilet Paper
The Happy Hedgehog
I Survived the Japanese Tsunami
Jedi Academy
Little Bunny Foo Foo
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
Plants v. Zombies
Small Bats and Big Bats
So You Want to be a Wizard?
The Stinky Cheese Man
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
The Vanishing Coin

American Girl
Cinderella Smith
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Elephant & Piggie
Fly Guy
Junie B. Jones
Magic Fairies
Magic Tree House
Mercy Watson
Nancy Clancy
The Pigeon
Rainbow Fairy
Ready Freddy
Strega Nona

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Two Different Worlds

Kindergarten can be a tough transition, especially for kids who haven't already attended preschool.

We read Dinosaur v. The Library by Bob Shea and talked about how we need to use our indoor roars at school. Then we watched this video about some of the other differences between home and school ... I love this song. Several of the kids had already learned half the words by the second time we watched it. Have fun dancing at home!