Friday, December 21, 2012


Construction continues on the igloo.   Students help by holding the jugs together while they dry and then help bring them to the wall to put on.  We are three rows up and will begin the doming of the igloo next!
We played a game as a "team."  

Students took turns rolling the dice, counting the dots as the roller points, and then the whole team colors the spot on the gingerbread man that matches that number.  This game is now in our center area after we have practiced it as a class.  The game is available on TpT and my Freebie Page.  There are 5 different forms (so they cant peek at their neighbors')

TpT Link

On Wednesday, we worked on our presents for the parents!  We made our own wrapping paper, present, and card. 
The making of the wrapping paper worked on their fine motor skills, expressing self creatively through art, and following directions of increasing complexity.  

Making the present consisted of fine motor skills, expressing self creatively through art, and the mathematical skill of shapes, and counting.  

The card worked on fine motor skills, expressing self through writing, and the understanding letters make words, words make sentences, and that all tells somebody something.  I wrote the words on the lines on the board and the students wrote it on their paper.  They did so well I am so proud of them!

We had a snow day on Thursday (and no classes on Friday) so parents were not able to get their gift.  They will receive them on the 2nd of January.  

With the CT tragedy, I received this letter on facebook from a friend: 
If you know a teacher, or have kids in a school, please pass on:
A building has been designated to house the students from Sandy Hook Elementary School. They are in the process of transporting desks, chairs, supplies and so forth to this location.

My neighbor is the president of the Newtown PTA and we met tonight discussing what we can do to make these children feel comforted upon their return to school.
Please join us in "The Snowflake Project".
We are asking your students to make and decorate a snowflake. We will hang them in the hallways at the stark, new building where the Sandy Hook students will be returning. PLEASE NO WORDS! We want just a cheerful, happy (glitter and sparkle) environment for the students entering the new building.
Please pass on to any teachers you think may want to participate.
When you send your snowflakes, please include a note to tell us where they are from (your school, class, town, etc) to display along with your snowflakes. You can send them to me directly, and I will give them to our PTA.
Bonny Marsicano
22 Pine Tree Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470
Thank you so very much!

  Though we are not talking about the tragedy in our class (due to their age as well as our school believing it should be up to the parents to decide how much their young child knows), I thought it would be still very nice for these students to have this gift.  I told the students that some kids are getting a brand new school and they are not getting a snow storm like we are.  We are going to make some snowflakes to make their classroom and school bright, shiny, and fun when they come to their first day of school.  They were excited about it.  I will be shipping them out tomorrow.

Herbie got into quite the mischief this week.  On Monday, he built himself a little fort and played in there.  Tuesday he was reading the book about him!  He was open to the page about him going to Santa and telling what he sees and it is up to Santa to decide what list to put the students on.  I wonder if he was spreading a message?  One Wednesday, he was  hanging from the ceiling on our tree house sign!  Birds eye view of all that was happening in our classroom!  

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