This week the students began reading groups. This week students learned about 8 different reading strategies that will help us with our reading. Each is represented by an animal to help remember what strategy to use. You can find out more about our reading strategies under Language Arts.
While surfing the internet I came across a new free iPad app called Maily. Maily is especially designed for kids from 4 years old and up and allows your kids to send quirky, personalized emails to mom and dad, their grandparents or close friends easily, rapidly, and securely. So why not send a note, message, or fun picture to your teacher too?
I was even thinking of allowing students to practice their spelling words for homework using Maily. Instead of writing it in their journal one night, they could send it through Maily. Here is an example I did:
I also wrote a story in Maily and sent it to myself to give it a try:
Click the button for the link to Maily:
If your family has an iPad accessible to your child, let me know if you would be interested in trying it out. I love to receive notes and pictures from the students and what a fun way to introduce technology and do homework one night! -Ms. Heggi
This week we learned even more about the three R's that we follow here at GCES: respect, responsibility, and ready. One of the books we read this week to go along with our three R's was "Officer Buckle and Gloria" by Peggy Wrathman.
Afterwards the students brainstormed why we have rules in school. Then the students created safety badges with one rule that was important to them. Here are a few the students wrote:
Students also learned about "Star Student." Each week a different student will be chosen to bring in pictures to share about him or herself along with an item to show and tell. Students also get to bring home Rocky, our class pet! Afterwards they get to write in his journal all about their weekend. Since I was star student this week I took some pictures of what I did with Rocky :)
Well that is just a little peek into week two! I'm excited to hear about Rocky's adventures with each of your families!!
We will be using this blog to display things we do in school. From class projects to experiments and more, we will be able to post about it here.