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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Great First Few Weeks!

Open House 
This Tuesday, 
September 17th at 6:00 pm
Mark your calendars!  Come meet the first grade team, see the classroom and sign up for your Parent-Teacher Conference with your child's reading teacher this Tuesday, September 17th.  The Open House will begin at 6:00 in the auditorium where you will meet the entire first grade team.  Then you will go to your child's homeroom (Room 111) where you can see what's been happening for the last week and a half.  Afterwards, you will go to your child's reading teacher to sign up for  your parent-teacher conference in December.  Looking forward to meeting you all on Tuesday!

First Day Photos!
Here's Our Gang on the first day of First Grade:

Room 111 Are Bucket Fillers!

The entire first grade have read and discussed the book How Full Is Your Bucket?This book describes how we all have invisible buckets which are either filled by kind and helpful thoughts, actions and words or "dipped into" by unkind thoughts, words and actions.  Each child has his/her own bucket displayed on the wall.  When they are seen being kind and helpful to others or following the rules of the classroom, they put a ticket into their bucket.  

Every Friday, I staple and give the children all of the tickets that they have earned for the week.  Check out the books shown below!  The children beg to have them re-read to them over and over again!  Ask your child how (s)he is being a bucket filler at school.

Lately we have been receiving tickets for our buckets by remembering to do the following upon arrival to school each morning (without being reminded by the teacher).

This is what we have been doing over the first week and a half!

Morning Message:
During morning meeting we practice greeting each other, learn to listen when others are sharing and read the "Morning Message."  You may have seen print outs of the message in your child's folder.

Hope and Dreams
We discussed and shared our Hopes and Dreams for our year in first grade -- you can see them posted on the wall when you come to Open House on Tuesday.

After sharing our hope and dreams we discussed and made rules as a classroom that we would need to help us achieve our goals.  They are also posted on our wall.

We have been learning the days of the week and the months of the year, as well as patterning and addition as we do calendar to start Math each day.

Pete the Cat
We don't have a class pet yet, but Pete the Cat has been a popular name in the class.  Pete the Cat has been teaching the children to let go of the little things and keep "moving along, singing a song."  

See What We're Doing In Class:
Some More Photos of the Children reading, writing and having fun!  Enjoy!