Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's that time of year!

WOW...the holidays are near and you can tell around our classroom.  Thank you so much to all the families who joined us for our family feast.  We love being able to spend time with you.

Of course then we have our holiday party!  Yes we dress up in our pj's, wear our santa hats, drink hot cocoa, do crafts, and have our holiday book exchange.  So much fun!

One of the best parts of this day is our story time with Auntie Claus.  We get to sing songs and listen to a great story!  On the way out we even got a candy cane.  It was a great day!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stop and Jot

What is stop and jot you might ask....well it is a strategy we have been learning in reading to help us with difficult text.  Today we read Snowflake Bentley (our December Book of the Month).  It is about a man who devoted his life to learning and photographing snowflakes.  Through the text, students are encourage to stop at different parts and think about reflections, questions, or difficult words they may have.  After we are done reading the text we discuss their jots and clarify misunderstandings.  We will be doing this many times throughout the year.  This is also an activity you can do at home with some sticky notes.  STOP and JOT your thoughts.