Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dance party!

Time for a brain break! 

Thanksgiving crafts

Thanks so much to Eric N. and Julie H. for volunteering this morning to help us with crafts.  We made a 3D Mayflower, a thankful turkey, turkey glasses and thanksgiving finger puppets.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Our own IT Department!

With so much technology in our classroom, we need extra helpers to help kids who are struggling with our iPods, iPads and Smartboard.  Kids who are willing to help others take turns wearing work vets to indicate they are available to help, especially when the teacher is busy teaching a reading or writing group.

Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness

We had a visit last week from the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Melanie read us a story and taught us that  we should think about the ABILITIES of disabled people rather than focusing on their disability.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brain breaks

We often take "brain breaks" in our classroom.  We take them after we have been sitting and listening for a long time, or working at our tables for a long time.  We have a long morning; almost three hours before recess.  Brain breaks are things like dance parties (this class LOVES to dance and has the awesome entertaining dance moves to prove it!).  Brain breaks may also include:

Yoga (Me Moves)
Go Noodle on the Smartboard (a great website for kids)
Classroom games like 4 corners or 7-up
Back rubs in a long line

Below are photos of the kids playing on our "indoor track"!  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Guidance with Mrs. Hannon

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Superflex helps you be a flexible thinker to control your own brain and change how you think and behave.

Glass Man is an Unthinkable.  He makes you have big reactions to small problems.
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Rockbrain makes you get stuck on your own ideas. "It's time to clean up but I'm not done playing."
"I don't want to share this soccer ball; I got it first!"
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The best way to defeat the Unthinkables is brain power!  Superflex helps you be a problem solver to come up with a strategy to defeat the Unthinkables.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Unknown Soldier

One day at recess this week, the kids built their own "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."  They had learned about it in a children's Veterans Day video.  They built it quietly and independently, without adult suggestion or help; totally on their own. :)

Sums of 10

Thanks to our parent volunteers today for their help during math time. The children rotated through 4 centers this morning, all focused on adding pairs of numbers that add to 10.

How to "Read to Someone"

Today we practiced "Read to Someone" which is one strategy to become a better reader. Using the SAME book:
1. You read a page, I read a page.
2. We read at the same time.

Guidance with Mrs. G

Today's guidance lesson focused on different strategies that work to help us deal with tough feelings like anger or frustration. Everybody has something that might work well for them to calm themselves down. Today's strategy was breathing in through your nose, and out through your mouth for a long, long breath. We practiced this with pinwheels.  More strategies next time!

Veterans Day graph

We made a class graph today as a follow-up for this week's Veterans Day homework, "Do you know someone in the armed services?"

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day

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All this week we are studying Veterans Day in our classroom.  During story time we are listening to books, during reading time our reading groups are reading independent-level reading books, we are collecting data about veterans in math, during social studies we watched a children's educational video about Veterans Day.  Below you will see some thank you letters written to our heroes at Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Classroom volunteers needed!

Please click the link on the left side of the blog to sign up!

Handwriting Lessons

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Our handwriting program is called Handwriting Without Tears.  It helps develop and improve our students' skills through multi-sensory activities.  The children learn proper posture, paper and pencil skills, as well as letter size and place.  We work on pencil grasp and following the letter path.  In addition, the children learn letter skills, word skills and sentence skills.  Here is a song we like to sing:

(sung to "If You're Happy and You Know It")

Where do you start your letters?
At the top.
Where do you start your letters?
At the top.
If you want to write a letter
Then you better, better, better
Remember to start at the top!
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Monday, November 02, 2015


If you can donate new or used page protectors for use in our classroom, that would be wonderful. We use them for the kids poems and songs binders that they practice reading on a daily basis. Thank you!

Too much candy?

If you have too much Halloween candy at home, please send some in for the candy giveback program at Pond Cove School. It will be donated to local homeless shelters for a special treat for those without a home