Monday, January 20, 2014

Jan 20, 2014 Newsletter

This picture shows a reading group at the listening center area.  The children are comfy-cozy while seated on new soft seat cushions, a gift from some of my students' families - an awesome, wonderful group.  (The seat cushions are available through Lakeshore Learning.)
Through the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, I was a recipient of a Grant-to-Educator grant in 2005 and received learning materials for a listening station.  I was able to order dozens of books, including many that are well above the reading level of first grade students.  I wanted the children to have more exposure to nonfiction selections, as well as increase their attention span and improve their listening skills.  This group is listening to Wolves, by Gail Gibbons, equivalent to grade level 4.8.
I take comfort in knowing the kiddos get to sit comfortably will listening to challenging audiobooks, and for that I am so grateful to my students' families for their generosity and thoughtfulness!
Link to view or download the 1/20/14 Classroom Newsletter
We added base-10 blocks to the children's individual math tool kits to make sure they have ample opportunity to manipulate and work with tools as they  develop understanding of place value.

First time exploring base-10 blocks, tens and ones (longs and cubes)
 Explorations - a time to sit or stand
He explored division... "12 can be equally divided into four groups."

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