It was SUPERHERO day at Jackson! The children loved seeing their friends and teachers dressed up as their favorite superhero. We even wrote about what super powers we'd like to have if we could be a superhero.
We've been busy this week learning all about ways to stay safe at school and at home. We had a special visit today from Officer Adams, who spoke to the children about his job and why it's so important. Don't be surprised if your child suddenly wants to be a police officer for Halloween!!
We also read Officer Buckle and Gloria and LOTS of other safety books. After coming up with a list of safety tips we thought were important (Never run near a cliff!!), the children wrote and illustrated their own Safety Books.
Here are a few pictures to show you some other activities from this week.
This is our morning calendar. It takes about 20 minutes each morning, but it's packed with important math skills. We go over the days of the week, the months of the year and the day's date. We use place value to keep track of the number of days we've been in school and the number of days we have left. We use a fact triangle to complete a daily fact family. We solve a problem of the day, show different ways to represent a money amount and create number sentences for a given number. If that's not enough, we also practice counting forwards and backwards by 1's, 5's and 10's, review even and odd numbers and will soon use relation symbols to compare sets of numbers. The children love starting our day off with the calendar so ask your child all about it.
We learned all about how to be a good friend this week! We read lots of books about friends and discussed how friends treat each other. One of our favorite books was Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. The story is about a little mouse named Chrysanthemum who thinks her name is absolutely perfect...until her first day of school! After the other children tease her about her name, Chrysanthemum starts to dislike her name and wish for a new one. After reading the story I had each child crinkle a paper heart I had cut out. We talked about how each crinkle represented something mean being said to someone. When we were all finished, I tried to straighten out the heart, but it still looked wrinkled. It reminded all of us that saying mean things can stick with a person. Think before you speak!
We also listed some things that good friends do and started working on our friendship books. We ALL want to be a good friend. :)
These are a work in progress. The children are excited to finish them next week.
The children worked hard to create their schedule caterpillars. It shows what days we have our different specials. Our schedule has changed a little since the first day of school. Not only has media center moved from Friday to Monday, but our recess is now 10:00-10:30 (the children needed an earlier break) and our lunch is 11:35-12:05.
We had a GREAT first week of school! I've loved getting to know your sweet children and can't wait to see what we accomplish this year. The children have been busy learning about our daily routines and procedures and all of their new classmates. Here are a few pictures so you can see a little of what we've done these first few days of school.
After reading David Goes to School, we came up with a list of Essential Agreements (class rules) that we all agreed on. The children also made their own Davids on Wednesday afternoon to go along with the story.
The children worked hard to create paper plate self portraits to hang around our classroom. Here are a few examples so you can see what they look like. Aren't they fabulous?
We celebrated Ilana's birthday today with her 15 minutes of fame. We all loved looking through her school photo albums and dancing to some Meghan Trainor.