Wednesday, August 29, 2012


 Chrysanthemum is one of my favorite books to read at the beginning of the school year; the children love it as well!  After we read and discussed the story today, we talked about how many letters the student have in their names.  We made a class graph and talked about what we learned from the graph.
 This book is great for community building as well; we discussed kindness and respect for one another, and celebrating and appreciating differences, rather than name-calling and teasing.

The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand is a nice first day read.  Children typically talk about the usual beginning of school year fears - but not this group!  You did a terrific job preparing the children for the transition to first grade; our follow-up discussion actually focused on parents missing their children while in school.  Adorable!

1st Line Leader!

Each day the line leader has many jobs!  I caught this line leader at the end of the day ready to smile for a quick pic in our classroom library.  Our line leader was very busy on our first day of school!  She read the morning message during our morning meeting; walked the mail to the office; recorded the day count and weather information and read the August New and Intriguing word list.  She also led the super-dee-duper quiet class line to lunch, recess and media.  At the end of the day, this line leader added one piece to Mr. Potato Head for awesome classroom behavior today! Great job!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Poem for Parents

To Every Parent
There are little eyes upon you,
And they are watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take
In every word you say;
There are little hands all eager to do
Everything you do,
And a little child who’s dreaming of
The day he’ll be like you.
You’re the little child’s idol
You’re the wisest of the wise,
In his little mind about you,
No suspicions ever rise;
He believes in you devoutly,
Holds all you say and do;
He will say and do in your way when
He’s grown up to be like you.
There’s a wide-eyed little child who
Believes you’re always right,
And his ears are always open and he
Watches day and night;
You are setting an example
Every day in all you do
For the little child who’s waiting
To grow up to be like you.
~Author Unknown

8/29/12 Newsletter


Friday, August 24, 2012

Meet the Teacher

Meet the Teacher Night August 27, 2012 6:30pm

First graders are invited to attend Meet the Teacher with parents.  Don’t forget parking is available in the back of the school on the playground.  When you arrive, please help your child find his/her locker and desk.  Plan on bringing your child’s school supplies so (s)he can put most everything away.  The wipes and baggies will be stored on top of the lockers in the hallway.  Supply boxes are to be placed in the student desks.  Speaking of supply boxesI heard from several families about the difficulty in finding the recommended size.  I’m very sorry about the confusion.  Please feel free to purchase whatever is available!

I have a very short Power Point presentation to share (7 slides) with our families.  I’ll think of something for our little friends to do while I talk so we can minimize distractions and allow for parent questions.  This should take less than 10 minutes.  Before you leave, the children are invited to complete a little classroom scavenger hunt B

I look forward to seeing you!

Ready for 2012-2013!

The calendar corner
the line leader will have a lot to report this year!

The morning message station is ready to go! 
Have a peek at a few of our wonderful, new books! 
The "work-on-writing" center... 

Words, words, words - our first grade word wall!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Getting the classroom ready...

Dear First Grade Families:

Summer is winding down and you know what that means for a teacher back in the classroom to get things ready for another school year! Woo-hoo! Last week, Dan (Mr. Brinkman) helped me haul first grade learning materials from our building shed to the classroom.  We were grateful to Mr. Mike, who takes great care of the shed; Dan and I were able to easily find what we needed in no time at all. 

I always enjoy getting things ready for a new school year; this year is especially exciting with the transformation to a first grade classroom! As you’ll see from this picture, things were a little chaotic at the beginning of the process, however; I’m thrilled to report the classroom looks much better this week.  I’ll upload a few pictures tomorrow so you can get a sneak-peak into our classroom before “Meet the Teacher” night on Monday, August 27th. 

Common Core State Standards

 Ohio Common Core State Standards:

I looped from kindergarten to first grade this past year and found I needed an easy quick reference to the Common Core State Standards.  Using the Ohio Department of Education's web site, I typed the standards into a user-friendly format that works well for me - a booklet!  The front and back covers are laminated, and each domain/strand is on one page, with the exception of the language strand, which has 2 pages.


Monday, August 6, 2012

About Me


Thank you for visiting my classroom blog!


This is the terrific group of learners I am working with this year! I have been teaching for 12 years. My first class was in 1984 – 34 first graders! After spending time at home with my children, I am now working for the district in which I live. This year I am teaching first grade and fortunate to be looping with some of my 2011-2012 half-day kindergarten students. Fellow first grade teachers know this already… first graders are so special; they welcome each new day of learning with incredible energy and enthusiasm; and, work towards independence while still showing respect for adults who offer support and guidance. I marvel at their never-ending desire to discover as much as possible and feel so fortunate to be part of their learning journeys!

Because my teaching career involves everyone in my home, I want to share a little about my family.  My son and daughter have spent many hours working with my students throughout the years.  Both have helped with one-on-one assessments, center activities and spent time reading with the kiddos.  My husband is the "go-to" person for shopping and purchasing learning materials; he's wonderful with helping out in the classroom as well!  

My husband, Dan and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary this past summer.  Our son, Alex is finishing up an accounting degree from The Ohio State University, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that he will have the opportunity to begin his accounting career soon.  Our daughter, Abby began her college studies at The University of New Hampshire this fall; she plans to major in speech pathology and plays volleyball for the university.  It’s difficult to believe my own children are adults already…how time flies!