Math Time

Saturday, October 15, 2016

We have spent the past 7 weeks working on becoming fluent in multiplication!  They have learned how to use repeated addition, make arrays, skip count on a number line, make equal groups, and use properties of multiplication (Commutative, Distributive, & Associative).  Students are working with square tiles to help them make arrays to solve problems.  In the pictures below, they are using square tiles to make arrays to help them solve for an unknown factor in an equation.  

This concept can be taught at home, using any small objects (buttons, coins, cereal, etc.)  Any object that can be easily used to make straight rows and columns, can be used.  Students know that in multiplication, the first factor is the number of groups (rows) and the second factor is the number in each group.  So, if the equation was 6 x 4, students should have 6 rows (each row is a group), with 4 objects in that row (group).  If they line up their array straight, then they should easily be able to find the product.  In this case, the product would be 24.  

If you do not have objects at home for your child to use, they can always use this same concept by drawing arrays on a sheet of paper. The process is still the same.

D.E.A.R. Time

I know I've been terrible about posting this month.   There seems to be so much going on, that I can't seem to get caught up or get ahead.  So, here it is, a Friday night at 9:15, and I've been home from work for 45 minutes.   I decided to stay late, in hopes of getting things done.   Now I'm home and still working, but at least it's with my sweet husband and little puppy, Maggie!

I snapped some cute pictures of some of my kiddos reading during D.E.A.R Time (Drop Everything And Read).  I'm usually reading while they are, but I couldn't resist snapping these!  I had to do it fast or they would have gotten on to me for not reading during this time! LOL

Don't they look like they are enjoying reading?  I love that this class loves D.E.A.R Time and enjoys reading so much.

Blog Recognition

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thought I would share with all of you that our class blog was listed as one of 8 classroom blogs that a professional blogging company recognized as exceptional.  I use items from this company to create our class blog, so this is truly an honor!  Click here to see the article.

Learning about Communities

Saturday, September 17, 2016

We began learning about communities and how they work.  Students started with looking up information in their Social Studies textbook and becoming "experts" in the community that they sit in.  The community worked together to read and answer questions and then we shared with the other communities how different and similar their community is from the other communities.  The students did a fantastic job working collaboratively and sharing out with the other communities.  

Freedom Walk - September 9th

What a great day we had for our annual Freedom Walk to commemorate September 11th.  Our service men and woman have sacrificed so much for our country, since that terrible day.  I am so thankful for all that the military does to protect us each and every day.  I hope that children continue to learn about September 11th, so that we never forget what happened to our country.  For Heroes Elementary, we commemorate the day with the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegience, and then our walk around the school.  Parents come out to walk with their children and to share this special day with each other. 

First Week of 3rd Grade

Sunday, August 28, 2016

We successfully made it through our first week of 3rd grade.  It was so exciting getting to know each child.  In one short week, I've learned something exciting about each child.  I look forward to learning even more about them.  I am excited at their love for learning and how much they care about their learning.  I cannot wait to watch them grow this year, academically and socially.  They are a fun group and it is going to be an amazing year! 
Sporting our sunglasses!

Relaxing under the awning on a hot day.

Making friends is always fun!

2016/2017 Classroom Reveal

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tomorrow's the big day that I get to meet my kiddos and their parents!  I am so excited to see who they are and their sweet faces as they enter their school home.  I'm also excited that I finally got it all back together.  For a minute, I did not think it was going to happen.  There are still a few minor things to finish, but for the most part, my room is done and ready for 3rd graders!  

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Interesting Article

Sunday, June 19, 2016

This is an interesting article.  As parents we do not realize we are creating entitled children.   We are so consumed with making them happy that we forget to teach them right from wrong and to let them fall and fail.   You are NOT a bad parent for letting them make mistakes and fail.   In fact,  you are a great parent for letting them make mistakes.   How are they going to learn or grow into successful adults if they've never learned skills and strategies to overcome or cope with mistakes or failure?  A child that is not entitled is a much better adult than an entitled adult.  It starts now, parents, not later! 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6, 2016

I wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to my parents this year for spoiling me!  From an Alex and Ani bracelet, candles, sweet notes from my students, to a beautiful wooden sign, I have felt the love this week!  Thank you for making me feel special!
I also wanted to thank our school's PTO for an amazing week of lunch, sweets, and an awesome custom made apron.   Your hard work and wonderful gifts are greatly appreciated!