Upcoming Events

October 28th Trip to Bradford Farms
We will be at the farm all morning. Please dress your child according to the weather. Tennis shoes only please!

October 31st- Fall Party
Our room parents, Sarah and Dana, have been working hard to plan a party that is fun for all. Please join us from 2:30-3 if you can.

November 13th and 14th- Parent Teacher Conferences
There is a from going home today for you to fill out with your day and time preferences. I look forward to sharing your child’s learning this trimester with you!

Behavin’ Raven Celebration

Yesterday we had a great time celebrating our amazing behavior. We earned 200 Behavin’ Ravens which means kids in our class were safe, respectful, learners 200 times! We celebrated by using marshmallows, toothpicks and uncooked spaghetti noodles to build and create. The kids had a lot of fun and made some pretty neat creations!

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Show Me Learning!

Thanks to all who attended our Show Me Learning day! The kids were pumped to share their learning with you! If you weren’t able attend, we hope to see you around school at future events! Here are just a few photos, enjoy!

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Teacher Inspiration~Offering Choices: What the Experts Don’t Tell You

Many a professional book or PD session promotes offering choice as an effective behavior management strategy. This suggestion is usually accompanied by other vague but valid suggestions like avoid power struggles or help students calm down. What they don’t tend to tell you is how…
So here’s the how. Practical ways to offer choice that have worked for me. Teacher-tested and kid-approved.

~Offer Choices BEFORE Behavior Escalates
Choices, like everything, work better before kids get mad or defensive. It is always okay to offer choice but offering before behavior escalates helps kids be more responsive. It also helps teachers feel less like they are bargaining. A kid is making loud noises while you are talking? Say, you may sit quietly on the carpet or go sit in your chair. A kid is refusing to work? Say, would you like to write your name or read the directions?

~Plan Acceptable Choices in Advance
For those tough to handle students or situations, plan some choices out ahead of time. It can be tricky to think of choices in the heat of the moment especially when kids are less than cooperative. Building in acceptable choices can help teachers feel more in charge while respecting kids. For example, maybe kids can read alone or with a partner. Or they can sit on the carpet or their desk to complete their math page.

~ Use Choices to Distract
Choices can work wonders to distract and redirect kids to what you want them to do without nagging them. A kid isn’t cleaning up after writing? Say, Are you going to put your crayons away first or your paper?

~Offer Choices You Will Be Happy With
Offer choices that you will actually like if the kids do choose to do it. If possible you should like both choices equally. If there is clearly a right and wrong choice, you aren’t setting kids up for success. The same goes for a choice that is punitive. A kid is frustrated with work and starting to shut down? Say, would you like to ask a friend to help or get a drink of water and try again?

~ Use an Invitational but Firm Tone
This goes right along with offering choices you can live with. Present choices as awesome opportunities. A little firmness helps kids know that while they have options, their options are limited to what is safe and respectful. Your teaching style will dictate if you want to be super excited about the choices or more cool and nonchalant. Positive is all that matters.

~Keep it Simple
Offer two choices. It is not your job to dream up every possible action kids can take.

These strategies help both the kids and I be empowered in our classroom. We collaborate and I am able to set the boundaries and limits the kids need. Offering choice makes both the kids and I think and problem solve.

Bradford Farms Field Trip

Our trip to Bradford Farms is in the morning of October 28th. If you would like to help supervise our class please return your form, email, or let me know in the comments. Volunteers will need to drive to the farm and meet the class there.
Thank you!

Our Learning Goals for Next Week

Literacy
Letter name, sound and formation of “s” and “d”
Writing first name
Rhyming words
Hearing beginning and ending sounds of words
Spelling words with beginning and ending sounds
Making predictions when reading
Reading left to right, top to bottom
Noticing words and spaces between words

Math
Rote counting to 50
Counting objects to 10
Numeral writing to 10
Comparing and ordering numbers 0-5

Other
Germs and cleanliness
Identifying feelings
Listening respectfully

Evolving Writers

We have been working hard on writing the past few weeks. The kids have learned to add their name and the date to their writing, add details to their pictures, and add letter labels to their drawings. Our little writers are drawing and writing to communicate true stories, pretend stories, or facts. They are using resources to help with labeling and spelling such as their student notebook, the word wall, and words posted around the classroom. Many children are spelling words and attempting sentences!
Here are some pictures of the resources that help the kids spell.

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Here are some pictures of the kids’ work. Each picture shows a piece of writing that represents a child’s growth and evolution as a writer.

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Upcoming Events

Curriculum Day
October 17th 1:45-2:45
Come see what your child is learning!

Bradford Farms Field Trip
October 28th in the morning
More info is coming soon about exact times and parent volunteers.

Fall Party
October 31st 2:30-3:00
Please join us as we celebrate the season with games and treats.

Next Week’s Learning Goals

Our upcoming learning goals are similar to last weeks as we continue to refine our skills as readers, writers, and mathematical thinkers.

Literacy
Letter name, sound, and formation of “a” and “g”
Writing our names the kindergarten way
Rhyming
Beginning sounds
Labeling our drawings with appropriate beginning sounds
Using resources to spell words
Pointing to each word when reading
Choosing books and staying focused during reading

Math
Numeral formation 0-10
Counting objects 0-10
Conceptualizing numbers 0-10
Rote counting to 20

Other
Germs and hand washing
Fire prevention and safety
Using words to solve problems