I am sure you have heard all the news! On Thursday we had a special enrichment block with Mrs. Wright. We tended to the garden, picking and harvesting kidney beans for the Harvest Luncheon coming soon- Friday, September 25th! Take a look at us in action! Also, be sure to check out what we created during Open House with the left over pods and leaves- they can be found right outside the ArtWell Classroom!
This week we have been focusing on building good habits during reading, writing, and math. In reading, our good habits have been around "taking a sneak peak" at our just right books and discussing what we notice about the title, pictures, and predicting the story. We have been recording our evidence using post it notes, as well as talking with our classmates about what we observed. We were also able to transfer our good reading habits into our writing time, by using our "writing muscles" and adding more details in words when crafting a beginning, middle, and end to a "small moment" story.
Also, we can not forget about math! This week we have launched math workshop and have been fully engaged in our math stations. We have been talking a lot about numbers, how we can count, how we can put numbers together, and take numbers apart. We each had a chance to team up with a partner and participate in a math task called, "Hide the Jelly Beans!" Ask us at home what our task was!
We have been so excited sharing out our "All About Me" bags and posters! We have been learning so much not only about ourselves, but about our classmates, too! Next week we will be participating in an "Art Enrichment" block with Mrs. Sweet where we will be creating a self-portrait of ourselves. Follow us on Twitter- link is above- to see more about the process!
Please continue to send in important papers from the office in your child's communication folders, as well as on Friday looking for your child's "Specials Schedule & Show and Share time".
I hope everyone has been staying cool these past few days!
Dates to Remember:
BBQ Book Blast- Tomorrow September 10th @ Wamogo 5-7 pm
GCS Open House- Wednesday September 16th 5:30-7 pm
GCS Picture Day- September 17th & 18th
GCS Harvest Lunch- September 25th!
Today marks our second day as first graders! WOW what an awesome morning we had together. We had a mission! We had a task where we had to work together to save "Fred" the worm! His boat capsized and he wasn't wearing his life jacket! His life jacket was under the boat and he couldn't swim without it! Together with a partner, using only 4 paper clips and no fingers, we had to save Fred and put on his life jacket! It was HARD work. At the end of our mission, we learned so much!
We learned that:
It was a great lesson and we made many connections to our reading lesson about Hopes and Dreams! Stop by tomorrow to hear more about what we have been learning about in reading! Also ask us about the book Dream Big, Little Pig!
Ask us about the book: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? As a class we read the story and asked and answered many questions. Here's some of the questions we asked and the answers we came up with!
What is the "bucket"? Can we see it?
The bucket represents your mental and emotional self. We can't see it, it is invisible.
How do you feel when your bucket is full?
When your bucket is full, you feel more confident, secure, calm, patient, and friendly. Your thoughts are positive and you expect positive results. When your bucket is overflowing, you experience an intense happiness that can spread to those around you. Have you ever felt better after someone gave you a friendly smile or happy grin? This is the "ripple effect" of a full bucket.
How do you feel when your bucket is empty?
When your bucket is empty, it contains few, if any, positive thoughts or feelings. When your bucket is empty you can easily become sad, negative, insecure, nervous, angry, depressed, stressed, worried, afraid, or physically ill. When you experience any of these feelings, it's easy to believe that life is too challenging and that nothing you attempt will be successful. An empty bucket can affect your behavior and cause you to express your emotions in a way that empties the buckets of those around you.
What affects the level of happiness in your bucket?
Negative life events. The careless or even "not nice" words and behavior of others can also affect the level of happiness in your bucket. Your own self-talk and thoughts can dramatically reduce or raise the level of happiness in your bucket. It's important to know that you are responsible for what you choose to think and when your thoughts are positive and healthy, your bucket levels will reflect it.
What is Bucket Filling?
Actions or words that show that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets.
What is Bucket Dipping?
Making fun of someone. Saying or doing unkind things. Refusing to help. Failing to show respect or being intentionally disrespectful. This is a partial list of ways in which it's possible to dip into another's bucket. Another is bullying, the behavior that has become the essence of bucket dipping. It is very important that we learn to understand the motivation for these behaviors.
Take a look at our class chart about being a bucket filler!
Friday September 4th- All About Me Brown Bag Share Due!
Monday September 7th- NO SCHOOL- Labor Day
Tuesday September 8th- All About Me and Parent Survey Due!
Thursday September 10th- BBQ Book Blast @ Wamogo ( Hand in your Summer Governor's Reading Challenge! Let's aim for 100%)
Wednesday September 16th- OPEN HOUSE
Friday September 25- GCS Garden of Life Harvest Luncheon
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.