Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A New School Year!

Wow!  We have had a great start to the year!  
The first five days have been busy but very, very fun!

Just look at those sweet faces!

We have been very busy building our classroom community, making new friends and learning the routines and procedures of our classroom.

Each morning, while we are practicing our classroom routines, the students have had the opportunity to explore some of our classroom materials.

The students have enjoyed working on puzzles using pattern blocks.

The students have practiced making upper and lowercase letters with our play dough mats.


The students have also practiced forming letters using unifix cubes, which we typically use during math workshop.

 A lot of our learning incorporates singing and movement.  We sing and dance all day long!  The students have enjoyed learning some fun songs too!

In these pictures they are singing and dancing to one of their favorite songs, 
A Tooty Ta Ta.  
Check it out here!

On Friday our class received a special package with "magical" play dough.
We received a letter from Pete the Cat and followed the instructions.

We repeated the chant that the letter instructed us to say several times.  
We waited and watched the magic take place!

As the students began to squeeze and roll the play dough it changed from white to a bright color, either blue, red, orange, green, or yellow.

The looks on their precious faces were priceless.  It was one of the best moments of our week!

Each day we have a classroom King or Queen.  We practice cheering the letters in the King or Queen's name and we draw an illustration of the special student.  
As a class we practice listening and speaking during a short interview in which we ask questions to learn more about our special friend.

To make our classroom royalty feel extra special they receive a special crown and chair pocket.  Each student in our class will have the opportunity to be King or Queen for the day.

I am so excited about this year.  It is an honor to have your child for their first year in school.  Please follow our classroom blog so you can be notified when I publish new posts!

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