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Monday, September 23, 2013

Applesauce!

Today was applesauce making day!
After reading the take home story Applesauce last week, the class was excited to make applesauce today.
We followed six steps to making applesauce:
1. Wash the apples
2. Cut the apples (everyone that wanted to had a chance to use a pairing knife to quarter apples)
3. Cook the apples
4. Mash the apples (we use a sieve)
5. Add cinnamon (everyone that ate the applesauce tried some cinnamon)
6. Eat the applesauce (everyone that are applesauce really enjoyed it)

Next week we will be visiting the seniors at the center in town and are going to make apple crisp to share with them for Seniors Week.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Raz Reading

This link needs a password and is not set up yet.  I will let you know when this is up and running.  Until then, I recommend using Tumblebooks which has free access through the public library system.

If you find a link that no longer works, or would like to suggest something to add, please let me know so I can add or fix.

Email

I love that parents are sending me emails with questions etc., however there is something wrong with the school email accounts right now and our emails are blacklisted as spam on a lot of servers and we cannot send mail from our accounts.  I still get your emails, but they are getting bounced back.  The tech staff is working on this, but it is taking some time. I will try to respond as quickly as I can.
I do get my email forwarded to my phone, however most days at school I won't be able to check my email until the end of the day, so if it is urgent, please phone the school and leave a message at the office and I will get back to you during recesses or my prep time.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Apples, Apples, Apples!

We have been using lots of apples in our class.  Last day we were sorting apples.  Today we read a book about applesauce (and everyone gets to take one home) and we will be making patterns with apples.
Next week, we will make applesauce together.  Everyone tasted some cinnamon today and decided that we will need to put some in our applesauce.
We have learned the letter C (a cookie with a bite out of it) and are now learning letter D (dog with a tail).  The letters we learn will all follow a progression of how they are printed.  Once you can make a C, then you can use that to build up to making d, a, o, and q.  With each letter we learn songs and chants to help us remember to song.  We also watch a video you can see on YouTube on the havefunteaching channel.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

First Day of School

Well, our first day is done and I am sure we could all use a nap.  We had a very busy day making new friends, touring the school, putting away our school supplies and doing an art project.  I have taken first day of school pictures that will be put into the children's binders that will become their portfolios (a collection of photos with student reflections and work samples).

A lot of paper came home today, so be sure to read through it carefully.  Book orders were in the stack of papers.  They will come home monthly if you are interested in ordering any books.  Last year my class really enjoyed the Piggy and Elephant (Read Every Day flyer) and Pigeon (Elf flyer) books by Mo Willems.  Another book that has a great message is How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer (See Saw flyer).  I read another book by those authors during the year that is about filling buckets by saying and doing good things to other people, it is a great character education series of books.  One of my favourite authors is Robert Munsch, his books are so much fun to read and there is usually some of them in each flyer.  We Share Everything is one book he has written about starting Kindergarten.