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Monday, October 28, 2013

Now you Can Access ST Math At Home!

ST Math on the iPad and other tablets:   Now your child can access ST Math homework from home using their tablet.  Follow these simple instructions to get started

To Get the App
Search "JiJi" in the App store (for iPad), or on Google play or the Amazon App Store (for Kindle Fire and other Android tablets).  
Enter your School ID and homework password:
        School ID: PIN050
        Password: H6JZ5D74

On Kindle Fire and Android, if asked for an Activation Code, enter"

- iPad 2 or newer running iOS 5.0 or later
- Kindle Fire
- 7" tablet or larger running Android 3.1 or later

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Field Trip Photos, Math and Writing Workshop Updates and Snicker the Hamster!

Please click on the page to the right entitled "Field Trip Photos" to see all of the photos from our Trip to the Farm!

We have been busy practicing addition and subtraction in math.  Please click on the page "Math Vocabulary" on the right to practice all the new math terms with your child at home.

Below are some pictures of the class playing a game to reinforce the concept of "difference."  The Envision math program has many fun games to reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom.  Your child has been bringing home the Envision math pages demonstrating what (s)he is learning in the classroom.  The games and homework are intended to reinforce the concepts learned through these lessons.  


Your child may have mentioned that they are doing ST Math with their penguin pal Jiji.  ST math is a math program developed by nuerologists which the children perform on their iPad.  It is a supplemental math program which aligns with the classroom's Envision math program.  And the best part is that the children love it!  You will soon be receiving a school code and password so that your child may do the ST math program at home on either an iPad or a computer.   

"Sketch to Stretch"

In Writing Workshop, the children are learning how to "Sketch to Stretch."  In the following photos, you can see the children listening to an excerpt read aloud to them by the teacher and then sketching pictures and quick phrases to help them remember what they have learned. They then retell what they have learned to a fellow classmate using their sketches as notes to remind them of the facts. 

We are also busy writing and revising narratives about our trip to the Farm.  The children began by choosing one exciting memory from the field trip and are working on writing the beginning, middle, and end of that snapshot.  They began with a rough draft, revised their drafts with editor (teacher) help and are in the process of adding colorful words and phrases to bring their words to life.  

Below is a photo of Mr. Schersten demonstrating to the class how to use the Book Creator app on the iPad for the eventual final published piece.  In the end, the students will have drafted, revised and published their very first story which can be shared in iBooks.  It has been an educational journey in storytelling for the boys and girls of Room 111!  

Snickers the Hamster
Mrs. Pavlicek from the Science Center visited us this week to introduce Snickers the Hamster to his new home! While here, Mrs. Pavlicek did a presentation on Mammals and the children learned that they had a lot in common with Snickers.  They learned that they both:

  • Have fur (or hair)
  • Need food and water to live
  • Are warm-blooded 
  • Came into this world through a live birth (and not hatched from an egg) 
The children also learned how to care for an animal.  Look for a form in the near future, asking if you would like to take Snickers home for a weekend or holiday.  If you are interested, you will be provided with all the food, shavings and toys.   

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Farm Field Trip This Friday

Off To the Farm E-I-E-I-O

The first graders are off to the farm tomorrow (1o/4), so keep your fingers crossed for good weather!  The busses will leave at 9:00 am and we will return by about 1:30.  Please pack a lunch in a brown paper/plastic bag and a drink in a non-breakable container.  Please pack a snack also as we will grab a quick bite before we board the busses. 

If you are a chaperone for this trip, please arrive at the classroom around 8:40 am.  (Thank you for volunteering)


Library is every other Wednesday, so please make sure that your child has their book in their backpack so that they can return and check another one out of the library. 

Read, Read, Read ...and then return the book
You may have noticed books coming home from school in a special book bag.  These are books which are read with your child's reading teacher and sent home for re-reading with you.  Please have your read the book to you and return it to school the following day.

A Great Read
I found this article and had to pass it on.  It's filled with lots of great reminders for both parents and teachers.  Check it out at