Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Writing Workshop

After our daily writing workshop, the kids have an option to share their writing with the class.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Data collection

We spent some time on the playground this afternoon collecting data and practicing tally marks.  We recorded how many girls used the slide vs how many boys used the slide, then analyzed our data.  My quote of the day from one of my girls, "Math is fun!"

Friday, September 25, 2015

Open House Slideshow


Math lesson

Tally marks! We sorted animals into groups with wings and no wings, then practiced using tally marks to record our results.

Follow the Group Plan

Mrs. Hannon, our school Social Worker, came to our class today to teach us about "Following the Group Plan."  The idea behind this concept is that if you follow your OWN plan rather than following the GROUP plan, the group activity falls apart. For example, when it is clean up time after Choice Time, you have to follow the GROUP plan (cleaning up).  If you follow your OWN plan (continuing to color or play with toys), then it makes the class late for Art class, people get frustrated, and people have to do your work for you.
We practiced following the group plan for an activity with blocks.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We love recess!

Size of the Problem

We have been working with Mrs. Gallagher on a very important social skill called "The Size of the Problem."  Please read below from the authors of the Social Thinking Curriculum:

Authors: Michelle Garcia Winner,Pamela Crooke, PhD

We all experience problems; they’re a part of life. We can’t avoid them even if we use our best social thinking. It’s a hidden rule that when we’re around others, our reaction size (the behavior we show on the outside) should match the size of our problem. But sometimes our feelings about a problem are much bigger than the problem itself!

Social Thinking teaches that problems and reactions come in different sizes. Big problems are really serious ones. When we have a big reaction to a big problem, that’s expected. Medium problems are things we didn’t expect to happen and can’t be quickly fixed. They tend to make us and/or people around us upset. Adults expect kids to help solve medium problems. Small problems, or glitches, are ones we can quickly fix on our own if we stay calm. Small problems are “no big deal.” However, when our reactions are larger than the size of the problem this can create a whole new problem. The way we react to problems can create its very own problem!

I have posted a graphic that may help you understand more.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Size of the Problem graphic

Can't see the tiny graphic?  Click on the graphic again and it should enlarge, or click the link to the right and click again for full size......

Friday, September 18, 2015


We have bi-weekly guidance lessons with our fabulous school counselor, Mrs. Bri Gallagher.  This week's lesson focused on who to talk to if you need help at Pond Cove School.  She told the kids that all of the grownups at PC have a number one job; to help kids learn.  ANY and ALL of us are here to help kids.
Ideas of people to talk to if you need help:

  • Mom or Dad
  • Your teacher
  • Mrs. Gallagher

Mrs. G and her Panda puppet modeled how to ask for help, and then the kids each had a turn to practice with the panda.  She gave the kids words to start with---"I am having a hard time with  ___________________.  Can you help?"  Sample kids problems included finding a friend to play with at recess, being unable to open your thermos at lunch, finding a seat on the bus, and seeing kids fooling in the bathroom.  It was a great lesson!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Message from PCPA Room Parent Coordinator KG


School is in full swing!  The first few days of school were roasting hot, but we pushed through and dug deep and drank lots of water!  We have had many lessons in first grade so far, including:

Whole body listening
Brain and body in the group
Expected bathroom behavior
Expected lunchroom behavior
Expected recess behavior
Expected bean bag behavior (starting to see a pattern here?:)
How to react when you get a partner you don't want (partner face:)
Building your stamina

We have also had many academic lessons including:
Three Ways to Read a Book
Writing Workshop
How to Write a Story
Handwriting (capitals, and lowercase t b f n m i u)
Review of letter sounds
Mental Math (counting, skip counting, and estimating)
Shapes with a template
Penny Dice game
Recognizing number arrays