Our 100th Day of School!
The 100th Day of school was so much fun! We began our day by taking pictures and making ourselves look 100 years old, then we wrote about what we would do with $100. That afternoon, we set up our museum. Our projects were wonderful and the whole school (or almost) came to visit our 100th Day of School Museum. Your children were SO proud of their work and everyone was very impressed with the creativity of the projects Thank you for your support!
Our Community Unit
During our COMMUNITY Unit, the children took a look at the smallest community that they are a part of which is their families. We learned that families are alike and different and that there are roles that we each play within our family in order to make it successful. We then learned about our classroom community and began a job chart in classroom to help our classroom community run more efficiently. As we have compared and contrasted communities, we have noticed that successful communities all seem to have jobs, living things, a common place, beliefs, goals, leaders, and rules. As we keep expanding to study communities that we are a part of, our next logical step was to learn about our school community. In order to do this, we took a tour of some of the important places in our school community and got to learn about the jobs people are doing every day within our community. We asked them what their job entails and what tools they need to do it.
Recently we have started to learn about our CITY Community which is Beaufort! We have talked about what cities need to be successful, why we need certain places in our community, and our role and place within our city. This has involved using Google Earth to find our houses and other places in our city, learning our addresses, making replicas of our houses, and even creating buildings to make our own 3D community! As we have been learning about jobs in the community, we got a chance to read and talk about all of YOUR jobs. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! The kids LOVED making the learning so personal to them and seeing a glimpse of the millions of jobs available to them. We were also lucky enough to have several of the firefighters from the Beaufort County Fire Department come in to our school to teach us about their job and why they are important to the community! They also taught us about fire safety and even showed us their fire truck! In the coming weeks, we will learn about our city and our state and even place a field trip to get out and SEE our city community first hand! Stay tuned for more information!
As Daily 5 rotations consist of five choices: 1. Read to Self: we practice reading books independently on our own reading level. 2. Read to Someone: we read appropriate level texts to or WITH a buddy. 3. Work on Writing: we “write” the room, books, stories and practice labeling pictures. 4. Listen to Reading: stories are read aloud to us on cd players to help with comprehension and fluency. 5. Work Work: we explore and practice with letters and words 6: Computers. This time of our day is when each student receives targeted instruction on his/her appropriate level from the teachers in small groups while the rest of the students are engaged in independent literacy activities from our Daily Five (Six). Some students are working on Guided Reading with Ms Jenna and others are working in small groups with Ms Diana. Our Guided Reading groups are going wonderfully and the students are all growing as readers and writers!
Our buddies visit us each week! This time is so special for the kids. We spend a lot of our time together working on projects, but sometimes we get a chance to read together as well. Some of the activities that we have done together include making family glyphs to compare/contrast our families, using IPADS to create collages about our favorite places in Beaufort, and painting kindness rocks!
Our Field Trip
We were fortunate enough to enjoy another trip to USCB to see Cirque Zuma Zuma. This was an African Acrobat show. We were all very intrigued by all of the different performers. Some of the acts we saw included: a contortionist, dancers, the ladder climbing man, a chair climber, hula hooping lady, a clown act, a juggler and more! We also enjoyed the beat of the music, the costumes, and interaction with audience members. Some of our friends were even asked to participate in a limbo act! It was definitely a fun and exciting day!
Thank you so much for supporting your children and our school this Valentines Day! The kids were so excited to receive flowers at school, get to have a special lunch with all of you and pass out their Valentines. You all definitely made their Valentines Day special and memorable!