Thursday, June 2, 2016

The group picture is from 50's day. They did such a great job with their song that afternoon! The other is Lydia's birthday. She brought cookies to share. Hope you had a nice birthday. We are certainly blessed to have you as a friend. The final two pictures are of our last art class. The students were making red, white and blue pictures for Memorial Day. Others were using construction paper and crayons to create whatever they were inspired to create.

Last week was great with our mass. The students did wonderful. I couldn't have asked for better prepared students. They spoke clearly for all to understand. They sang their songs with much enthusiasm. I thank Mrs. Monson for her hard work in teaching them the songs.

We are preparing for the final week of school. There will be one math test that we have reviewed for this week. They have covered all the concepts but still get confused when I say to write an equation. Otherwise they are doing well as long as they remember to watch the plus and minus signs.

Hope you have a great Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 16, 2016

Here are Ben and Evan celebrating their birthday with us. Ben brought yummy cupcakes and Evan brought blue cake pops! We hope they enjoyed celebrating with us as much as we enjoy having them as a gift from God in our classroom!

This week there has been a lot of assessing of specific skills which is needed for the Title program in the district. Even with that we were still able to hear and discuss some Aesop Fables prior to the Meliken puppet show. That was thoroughly enjoyed by the class. We read about the frog life cycle and did a sequencing activity. They also played around with word families and changing phonemes (first sound of a word) to another phoneme to make a new word. We read several Splat the Cat books in preparation for art.

In we are working hard on teen numbers, continuing to count larger amounts and adding and subtracting.

We learned that God loves us so much He sent His Son Jesus and we recalled the bible verse we learned around Lent. Students have been practicing their mass parts and we are looking forward to celebrating mass with these special parts.

We continue to eagerly await the arrival of our chicks. This coming weekend is the weekend they should hatch. Hoping for a good batch!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 2016

Sorry I have been lax in keeping up with the blog the past few weeks. Here are some pictures. We have Ava's birthday, Lily's birthday and Teddy's birthday. Each shared a special treat with us. Thank you for sharing your day with us and we thank God for sharing you with us.

We were talking about bubbles in our Scholastic News, so our art was to create bubbles on paper. Here are some pictures of them doing that. Some then chose to use Seesaw to share digital bubbles.

Our eggs finally arrived! We have decided that by process of elimination of the various types of eggs God has designed, the weight and the lengths, that we have chicken eggs. There are 11 that will be hatching on Memorial Weekend. This is a bit later than I had hoped, but I think we are going to make it for the students to see them hatch and grow a little. They are certainly excited and thought the second day that they would be hatching. Once we researched and found out it is 21 days, we marked it on our calendar.

Our Bible Museum was visited by 1st grade and Mr. Galuska so far. The students are doing a great job explaining the stories that are represented. Mrs. Sohasky said, "Once they got started, they were full of information!" I am so proud of what they have remembered, especially since we started saving the artifacts around the second quarter.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 18-22

Caden celebrated a birthday on Saturday, but with us on Monday. He brought dinosaur cupcakes! Hope you had a great day! We are surely blessed to have you in class. He share a lot about animals with us.

Got real busy with family this weekend. Didn't post more, but wanted Caden's birthday picture posted.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 11-15

Math was exploration of 3D shapes. First the students were able to explore building and handling the shapes. Afterwards, we talked about properties of the shapes. A video showing and naming faces, vertices/corners and edges was viewed prior to handling the shapes. Students also went around the room to find examples. Students also learned about Math Mountains and the Tiny Tumblers that have a house at the top. When they come out some go down one side and some go down the other.

We celebrated a birthday this week. Kacie turned 6 on the 15th. She shared cupcakes - both yellow on white and blue on chocolate. Thank you, Kacie.
Hope you had a great day.

MAP testing began bright and early Monday morning. Our tests are split into two times. Reading was our first test. Math will be next week.

We have been really focusing on the sight words in a new way. They are saying them over and over, spelling and using them in a sight word. Each word is probably said at least 10 times within those three activities. Finally they had to use the sight words in sentences. A new couple new sounds were needed as students were working - au/aw, and /ee/. Whenever one comes up, I introduce it and then as they try to write words, I have them use the wall for their helps.

We received a challenge on Friday. The students accepted the challenge, so we will begin next week. A friend has found some eggs and asked that we figure out what they might be and that we hatch them. We will first learn about the different types of eggs, the animals that come from them and then start to narrow down which eggs we think might be arriving.

In religion, we talked about growing up, possibly getting married and becoming a mom or dad. We also talked about what babies need and how they are a gift from God. We also talked about how there is more love as a family grows.

Enjoy the warm weather.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April 4-8

These pictures are from Friday when we worked on art. The students first followed directions to make an origami flower and then created their own picture using the three flowers plus an origami butterfly I gave them. Some made gardens, one made a vase and one even put their flowers in a jungle with animals. All were wanting to take them home, but I said we would showcase them in the hall for a little while.

This week and next, the students are learning the bible verse Mathew 7:7-8. Ask and it will be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you. They love learning and doing the Seeds of Courage bible verses! In Growing in Love we have talked about choices this week. We talked a lot about different situations and what is the best thing to do. Several mentioned neighbors as someone they can seek for help. Please talk with your child about which neighbors you feel are safe.

Our words are still the same: this, find, is, how, will, be, go and for. Newest sounds are: oo as in tooth and hook, z, d, e, /k/ as in cat, king and as a digraph in duck, and u. Next week we will finish up with j, q, v, w, x, y and ee as in sheep. It is a lot, but we must finish. Students learned about onomatopoeia and did very well. They were even able to remember what that meant when we got to our Scholastic News in the afternoon. We are continuing letter writing. As a class, we wrote to Mr. Hoeldtke and he is excited to answer our questios in person. The class is also continuing to improve their writing skills for sentences and proper handwriting.

In math we continue with fact fluency and finding partners for numbers. This week I introduced them to the clock. We are only learning how to tell time to the hour and if that goes well, I will add the half hour. You have the clocks to help with more. Telling time is in the MAP test so I wanted them to have an idea of how to tell time. At the end of the week, the students were working with finding equal, greater and lesser amounts.

In science we looked at our plants. I don't know what is happening but the plants are not growing well. I replanted some three times. Of course, if you look out the window, spring doesn't seem to want to come either. We will be finishing up plants this next week and sending those poor little things home where maybe they will do better. I have never had such a bad batch.

Four students have completed the challenge so far! Keep trying to get them to learn to tie their shoes and memorize their phone number and address. It is so important in our society now for children to know their address and phone number. Tying shoes is just a great help to the teacher. If your child is having problems, check out You Tube. There are many different ways to tie shoes. Maybe the way you do it is not the way for your child.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Holy Week

Happy Easter everyone. Have a blessed time thinking about our risen Savior and spending time with your family.

Sophie has a birthday coming up while we are on Easter break. She shared cupcakes with us to celebrate. She will be at a waterpark celebrating later on. Hope she has a great time.

This week our focus was on Holy Week with stories, videos, writing etc. We reviewed math concepts, learned a new alphabetical concept and just thought a lot about what this week means.