Wow, what an amazing week we had together! The kids worked so hard this week and created some really beautiful work. 3rd graders are working on a solar system beaded necklace, 2nd graders created styrofoam solar system models, and the 1st graders are working on their solar system books. All of these activities are follow up to our Big Bang lesson and visit to the Anchorage Museum. Not to mention, we had an EXPLOSION in our classroom too! Braeden and Wren worked together beautifully to build an active volcano that we have been experimenting with in class. This is a great introduction into the States of Matter science lessons we will be doing soon.
It has been really lovely to have parents come in and volunteer their time. Big shout out to Jerry for helping with the 2nd grade project (and all of that painting!) and to Liza for working very creatively with the 3rds on their painted beads. You are brave souls and you are SO appreciated. If you would like to come in and work with the kids or help out with making materials, please let me know. It has been really great to have you in the classroom!
In case you do drop by on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, you may notice another adult in the room. Currently we have a UAA practicum student spending 30 hours with us; her name is Jenna Buchanan and she is in the Early Childhood program. She has dove right in and is actively helping the kids with lessons and guiding them on making good, responsible classroom choices. Please make sure to say hello if you see her.
Have a great weekend, see you on Monday.
Corneisha and Treycen's completed Solar System model. They worked hard to size, paint, and put the planets in the correct order. It turned out wonderfully!
Canaan and Kian worked so quietly and cooperatively in the hallway on their solar system model. They had very little adult guidance and they did an excellent job.
Levani and Lia enjoying cold steeped tea they made in class together.
Braeden and Wren worked together to make this small volcano yesterday. Today they experimented with different amounts of baking soda and vinegar to see the different kinds of eruptions they could create. They will be researching the reason behind the reaction as well.
We had a really great day today!
Hello families, (it's another long one... sorry!)
This past week we had our first great lesson which is the introduction of the Big Bang. It was so exciting to hear how much of lesson that the kids remembered and information that they were able to add from their own research. I think of few of the kids could probably teach the whole lesson themselves!
It took us two days to get through the lesson this go around as we were interrupted many, many times. Even with a brain break to reset ourselves we had a very hard time being respectful and responsible with our voices and bodies. We will continue to work on expectations during circle and lesson time so that we can maximize our short work session that we have this school year.
Yesterday we walked to the Anchorage Museum to watch the Destination Space planetarium show. I was so pleased with how the kids sat respectfully during the show and when asked, they had great responses to the guide's questions. They also had some great questions of their own! Our follow up work in science for the next month or so will revolve around the Big Bang: planets, volcanoes, and the states of matter.
I would appreciate it if you would talk to your child about the expectations while on field trips. The beginning of our field trip was a bit rushed due to the timing after lunch and departure, it really was not long enough to prep, especially for the first field trip of the year. While the kids did a great job walking to and from the museum and they were wonderful during the planetarium show, their behavior in the atrium and Imaginarium was not acceptable. Please remind your child that we do not run, jump, or climb on furniture in public spaces unless the space of course is designed for that. And no, we will not be going to Get Air or Shockwave at any point this year. :) I will do the same in class on Monday when we review our visit to the museum.
A HUGE thank you to our brave chaperones that attended our first field trip. I always appreciate the help. We can never do these trips without you! If you were not able to attend this one, please try to attend one at some point. It gives great perspective for parents on the dynamic of the classroom.
Class photos are Tuesday. Please make sure to send in your order form or pay online ahead of time. I believe you get 4 free wallet photos if you purchase ahead of time online.
Have a great weekend, I'm looking forward to a fresh start with the kids on Monday!
I am back and we are ready to get back on track with a normal schedule and routine. We have been talking a lot about being responsible and respectful in the classroom. With me being out for two weeks, we have had a bumpy start to the year but it is getting better and I know that we are going to continue to have a great school year.
Fall school pictures is Monday, September 27th. Please look for the photo package options to be sent home shortly. You will also have the option to purchase photos after the fact.
If you would like to schedule a Celebration of Life for your child's birthday please contact me ahead of time to schedule. Typically parents bring in photos, one for each year of life, or share a special memory as their child circles the sun X amount of times. Afterwards most people share a treat with the class but this is not required. I schedule these for 3pm any day of the week. Advance notice is appreciated.
Our first field trip has been scheduled for the school year. I apologize for the short notice on this one, the museum just got back to me and their dates are already booked up so we have to jump on this date. We will need 4 adults to go with us, not including myself. We will be going from 1:15-3:15, eating lunch before we depart. This is a walking field trip and the kids will need to dress for appropriate weather. This is a FREE field trip. Yahoo!! We will be watching a short planetarium film on the solar system and then exploring the Imaginarium afterwards. Please email me to let me know if you can attend as a chaperone.
Please try to keep cell phone use to a minimum. If you take any photos, please do not post them to Facebook unless you have consent from the children's parents in the photos.
Your role is to help keep the kids safe; please reinforce the class expectations while on field trips and be a good role model yourself.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you for your support and understanding while I was away. I am happy to be back and to really dive into our lessons!
Have a great weekend,
I'm going to apologize right now for how long this is. I've told you that I like to talk, right?
Wow, what an amazing start to the school year we have had! With me being gone two weeks of the first month of school, I am just completely in awe of how well the kids are handling their responsibilities and expectations. Their Montessorian-ness(that's a word, right?) is showing! I just love it!!
With that said, I will be gone Monday through Thursday. This is my last scheduled absence. Thank you again for your understanding with these two major life events I am experiencing. I know that the timing is not the most convenient but I do appreciate your support. While I am gone Mr.Mason will be the sub teacher.
This last week we have been working hard on our Daily 5 expectations and our math lessons. They have also been learning how to take care of our environment and I have to say, they are doing an amazing job. I am really excited for this school year and all that we are going to be able to do with such a responsible and respectful group.
If you have not sent in a permission slip for your child to use the computer/iPads, please do so. I still have five or six students that do not have permission to use the technology in the classroom yet. If you're not sure you sent your child's in, please shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am working on getting a few field trips in the works. I'm hoping to go to the museum in both September and October, I am just waiting to hear back on dates. We are also booked for a play at the PAC in November. Please check the "field trip" section regularly for more information. I update that section as soon as I have the information. We will need at least 4 parent chaperones for every field trip.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns or if you just want to chat. The easiest way to get ahold of me is through email or Remind (text). Also, I am usually at school by 7am so you can also stop by before 8:30 to chat.
Lastly, I promise, I appreciate you waiting outside the classroom door at the end of the school day, it helps control the chaos of closing down our community for the day. So, thank you for that! You guys are awesome!
Have a great week!
Open House- September 22nd @6:30pm (Please come! This is our chance to talk and for you to see the classroom and your child's work expectations.)
Thank you for allowing me the time to grieve with my family in Iowa, it was much needed and I feel more at peace. I know that the timing is unfortunate but I am so thankful to be a part of a community that understands and supports life events. With that said, as a reminder, I will be gone for a wedding from September 12th-15th. Mr.Mason will be our sub, many of the kids will remember him from last year as he was one of our fabulous interns.
What does this mean for the beginning of the year? It will be a little bumpy with me coming and going and I apologize for that. However, we are still focusing mainly on procedures in the classroom and expectations. We have been working hard on our Daily 5 and math work each day; if you would like more details on this please come and see me before or after school. Please respect the classroom/student time and speak with me at 8:30 or wait until 3:45 to chat about any concerns, issues, or just general communicating. I love to talk with you all but by creating these boundaries the classroom is less chaotic for everyone. Thank you for understanding!
I will be sending our first spelling list home next week. The kids will be having a spelling assessment today that will place them in the appropriate spelling group. These groups are fluid; as they progress or choose to practice their words they may move up or down in the groups. We have 5 different spelling groups and we have many opportunities every day to practice our words and their definitions. Spelling tests will take place on Friday's, some Friday's we will skip our tests because we practice these words to strengthen our vocabulary and writing skills, not for a grade.
I am sending home a lot of information today in your child's mailbox, please be sure to flip through the information. Many students have not sent back their electronics paperwork which means they cannot use the iPads or computers until it is returned. It is their responsibility to check their mailboxes each day and to return the appropriate paper as requested.
We have had an interesting start to our year so far with my absences but it has been lovely overall. Thank you for your continued support, as always. You are appreciated!
Have a great week, I hope you get to make it to the fair!
Christine Homan :)