Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ho, Ho, Ho Let the Season Begin

With Thanksgiving over, Christmas must be around the corner. I have been busily working in my little workshop  classroom to get a jump on this month. I have planned, copied, prepped, and stacked everything, well almost for the the next 3 weeks. I am determined that I am going to have family time this year.  I want to get my tree and decorations up before 3 days before Christmas Eve! Lofty goals but that explains my absence from my Blog. I've missed everyone and am grateful for those who have not forgotten me.
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Meanwhile, I have been readying my TPT store for the BIG Cyber Sale
 (I think I have been shopping more!)

I have updated my Calendar cards to include 2015 and 2016.

I have updated my Candy Cane Pack
I have also add a new phonics set.
It helps teach short and long vowels.
It also shows how vowels effect words as well as how syllables effect vowels.
Its a growing set, so get it now 
at this low price.
It's a good partner to my Phonetic Rules for Spelling
 Other Christmas Sets
 The Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree
the Nativity

Ask Me a Clue..
Tell me a Guess!
This is a quick filler that I have been doing and have seen great benefits. 
I have someone pick a number between X and X. We started with 0 to 20, 
but we are now doing numbers between 40 and 70 or greater. 
Note that I do not write in all the numbers until we get closer to guessing the number.  
Now the rule is they have to ask a clue first before making a guess. 
This was not easy at first but as we have learned math strategies they are better at asking good clues. AND  I can tell the strategies are starting to make sense to some. They are also learning to ASK not tell a clue. Is it less than __? or Does it have a __ in the ones place? is better than '4' or 'Its bigger or smaller than __'.
They now try to guess the number in less that 4 clues.
We did it last week in 3!!

Countdown till Christmas break...19 days
 ( only 15 school days)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Currently

It's Fall!  It's Suddenly Colder, well for two days and then we have another heat wave coming! So I'll enjoy the fall leaves that decorate this months Currently and pretend that I live in a place that actually has Fall!

Listening: I finally loaded the dishes because we had no knives in the drawer. It has been a busy week and apparently I am the only one in this house that knows how to wash dishes or load the dishwasher! 
Well to my surprise my hubby just turned it on. 
Music to my ears....
until I saw that there is still a pile of dishes in the sink. 
Oh well at least I will have a clean knife for breakfast.

Loving: We actually had rain last night! and today! and tonight!
Last night it was kinda spooky...
On Halloween Night, the wind began to howl (well it was blowing) and the rain began to, well rain, and suddenly my bedroom door blew open...and no one was there.  
Well that was all that happened but it felt spooky!

Thinking: I should be doing report cards!
I have graded all my papers, and all I have left is to do the comments. 
Its hard to say all you need to say, in a nice way, when you only have a certain number letter spaces to use. 
And then try being positive about that one kid that is not low enough, not trying enough, just doing enough to get by. 
Then how do you have a reading grade when they don't read yet. 
I do not like report cards, Sam I Am!

Wanting: My formal observation is Tuesday! 
I just found out on Wednesday. 
But I had 14 parents coming to help with out Big Pumpkin Extravaganza Math Investigation on Friday, the last day of the quarter, when all the assessments need to be done. 
Halloween Day seemed like a good day to have a pumpkin investigation when we planned this a month and a half ago. 
Who knew it was going to be this crazy. 
Well it has been. One special event after another, new student at the beginning of October and now another at the beginning of November. 
And then I do have my granddaughter that is keeping me busy. 

Needing: A Break! I have all these ideas in my head and I have no time. I have a great little class this year, but I have some very low one and some very, very high ones, with a few in the middle. There is always  a spectrum of levels that have to be met, but this year it's more like islands that are remote from each other. And trying to differentiate, for not very independent first graders, so you can work with the lower ones, has proven to be a challenge.

Reading: WHO has time to read? Our principal has given us two books that we are doing as a book study (Yes I did say 2!)
The Power of Right Believing by Joseph Prince and How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. I told her I read the kids version but she didn't seem impressed!
I'm enjoying both but I can't keep up and grade papers, meet with parents, do report cards, and plan a formal observation.... I think you get my drift.

Now it's your turn! and I can't wait to hear what's happenin' in you neck of the woods....or wherever you are. So go to Farley's Currently at Oh Boy Fourth Grade which is really at Oh Boy 3rd Grade because she changed grades.
 Oh Boy Fourth Grade
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