In our Science unit, we have been studying Plants. I couldn't think of a better plant during the fall to explore than the pumpkin plant. Thank you to all of the families who sent in pumpkins for our class to explore. As you can tell from the smiling faces, a fun learning experience was had by all.
We start our year with the Getting Along Together program to build a classroom family and learn the expectations of our school community. After reading A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan we created a rainbow using cut outs of our hands.
We also read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and wrote about how we were feeling on the first day of school. We even made our own Chester Raccoons!
Another story we read about classroom rules and expectations was David Goes to School by David Shannon. We wrote and drew a picture of what David should do in school, as well ad did a guided drawing of the character David to practice using our active listening skills.
I have linked the titles of each book to a purchase source in case you'd like to add them to your
library at home. I do not earn anything from your purchase.
The D.O.T. (Daily Organizational Tool)folder contains the sections listed below. Each folder has three pockets.
Please see that your child returns this folder daily.
Keep at Home
In this section of the folder, students will place work and other items that are to be kept at home. This pocket should be cleaned out daily.
This section of the folder will contain homework papers. Please return them in the same pocket. Your child will also have reading homework on a nightly basis. This will be separate from the D.O.T. notebook, since not all first grades use this system. Be sure to check both daily.
Important Notes and Excuses
This section of the folder will contain any notes from school, notes from our Principal, school district as well as classroom information, etc. You may also send notes to school via this pocket. This folder is also for sending excuses to school when your child is ill. If a doctor has seen your child, please send notification of that as well.
Weekly Behavior Chart
The Important Notes and Excuses section will have a copy of a weekly behavior chart. I will fill in the chart on Fridays according to the behavior of your child for the week. Please be sure to sign the chart each weekend. I will check charts on Mondays.