Thursday, May 30, 2013

A visit to Second Grade

We had a great visit to a second grade classroom. Here are a few fun pictures. Please ask your child about what they learned today and what they are most excited about for next year!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Special Performances

Yesterday our class had the opportunity to listen to another Chets Creek student, Nicole, play the violin. Nicole talked to the students about how she first became interested in learning to play the violin and how long she has been playing. She performed for our class and the students really enjoyed it! Most of the students had never seen and heard someone play the violin before Nicole's performance. Then today, students went to an assembly in which other Chets Creek students (those that are part of the enrichment classes) performed in a musical! It was great for our students to see some of their siblings, friends, and even classmates up on stage, singing and dancing! They really did a great job too! Way to go!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Oh The Places You'll Go!!

My class intern, Mrs.Fabila taught a lesson to the class two weeks ago that was centered around the Dr.Seuss book, Oh, The Places You'll Go! After reading the book, students played a game in which they were divided into two teams and had to encourage their teammates! After that, she asked students to write a letter of encouragement to someone. The sweet words that the students wrote from their hearts were amazing! One student, Emma wrote the following encouraging letter to her classmate: Dear Angela, Your getting a bit stuck on writing today, right? But don't worry. Just take your time and try your best. You can do it! I know you can! All you need to work on is to remember capital letters, not to write sloppy, and trying your best to sound out words, if you get stuck on them. I hope you get better and better! By the way, I can see that you are working very hard, and, you are also working very hard on your writing skills a very, very lot! Keep up the good work! P.S.Your my best friend. Love, Emma
**Not only are these students learning to encourage each other, they are also able to evaluate their work and the work of others and recognize what skills need to improve and what skills are meeting standard! Just awesome!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Have you filled a bucket today?

I read a new book at the beginning of the year that a friend recommended called, " Have you filled a bucket today?" By Carol Mccloud. This kids book is amazing and will always be included in my favorite books to begin the school year with! It teaches kids that everyone has an invisible bucket and everything that you do either fills someone's bucket or dips into their bucket. My class is very well-versed at giving compliments and making someone's day. They are also very good at recognizing when someone dips into their bucket or a classmate's bucket and standing up for what is right. Can you see why I LOVE this book-it teaches kids so many important life lessons to live by! With all of that being said, I am the recipient of a full bucket everyday because I have a job I love, an incredible family, and amazing people that I am surrounded by! Today, however, my bucket was overflowing. When I reached my classroom door I was smiling from ear to ear. Parents and students got together to decorate my class door and students each write a note saying how I have filled their bucket! Then as I entered the room, each student had a plastic bucket above their seat with their name on it! There was an awesome sign above the back table with an amazing quote about me as a teacher and lots of gifts! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day so incredible! You have truly filled my bucket and then some! XOXO. Pass the message on: Be a bucket filler each and every day!