Sunday, November 27, 2011

Parent Tip #5


Use the time in the car to discuss what your child is learning in class. The music is more fun, and you may have things to think about, but getting your child in the habit of sharing the knowledge he is learning in class will help him greatly in the long run.

From Ron Clark

Nov 28 - Dec 2

Ahhhh...hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving break as much as I did! Although busy, it was relaxing to spend time with Jay and Eva.

This week brings winter MAP testing!!! We will test on Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Please make sure your child goes to be at a reasonable time, wakes up on the right side of the bed, and eats a good breakfast :) But most importantly, please encourage them to do their best AND ask them about the test at the end of the day. It is hard to realize, but even third graders stress over test taking!

The Blue Reading Group will read a story titled The Cat Who Became a Poet! We will add fantasy to our CAFE menu. This group will also begin visiting stations this week. They will have two reading stations, a writing station, and an independent station...if all goes as planned :)

The Red Reading Group will begin ready The Best Christmas Pageant of my all time favorites! They will review several comprehension strategies throughout this book!

During writing, we will complete our Turkey Disguise writing piece. As always, I am impressed with the students' creativity! I am also impressed that we have completed THREE writing pieces...WAHOO!!!

MIND time will be interrupted because of MAP testing. However, we will read with our kindergarten reading buddies on Friday aftenoon! I think we are finally getting into a groove with our reading buddies :) I hope to snap a few pictures this week and post them!

All in all, we are going to have another busy week full of learning and hopefully a little fun along the way!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Parent Tip #4


Develop relationships with other parents at the school. You can then call them with questions and concerns.

Adapted from Ron Clark

Happy Thanksgiving


Thank you for the opportunity to teach your child this year. Each and every day with them is an amazing adventure! Most days I learn more from the students than they do from me...but we make a pretty good team together :)

Through all the craziness of this year...maternity leave, becoming a working mom, new teaching standards, an amazing new principal, and the list goes on...this class has been a blessing to me!

Thank you for trusting me to help mold your child! I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

Mrs. Harrison

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Parent Tip #3


Watch educational channels instead of more popular shows. DVR your favorite shows and watch them after your children go to bed.

Adapted from Ron Clark

November 7-11

We are moving on through the month of November! This week will be as busy as the rest!

TONIGHT (Monday) is Cravens Fall Festival! I plan to be here, and I will have a special booth set up close to the classroom :) I hope you plan to attend!!!

Tuesday is Election Day, and Kentucky State Law says NO SCHOOL because we use school buildings as election sites!

On Thursday, Mrs. Fogle will be here because Jay and Eva have an important date with the doctor!

Friday is Veteran's Day, and Cravens will host a special assembly to honor all our Veterans! It will be in the pavillion starting at 8:15 am.

Oh, and even with all of those events, we should still learn a little this week!

The Blue Reading Group will read The Boy who Didn't Believe in Spring. We will be learning about homophones. We will test over the story and homophones on Friday.

The Red Reading Group will complete The Kid in the Red Jacket. Many of the reading buddies have completed the story and are working on an iPod Project! We will test over the story and vocabulary by the end of the week.

These WONDERFUL writers will be finished with their Haunted House stories by the end of the week. I am really impressed with their effort and creativity! I will make a copy to send home with each student! Hope you enjoy their stories as much as me :)

My Lil Devils have earned 20 (actually 21) Brownie Points and will be earning a treat for their effort! What are Brownie Points?!?! Every time the class gets a compliment from another adult (transitioning through the halls, music bravo board, pe golden shoe, etc) they earn a brownie point. Twenty brownie points = a class treat!!! Make sure to ask your child what the special treat was this time :)

Those students hired for a job in the month of October will also be treated to lunch in the classroom and a small token of appreciation for their effort! New students have been hired for jobs for the month of November!