Thursday, December 20, 2012


We have a bit of a tradition in our classroom.  Every year at Christmas time Mrs. Head, Mrs. Shepherd and I like to surprise the students with a Christmas party.  We just love doing this as a reward to the students for all of their hard work throughout the year.  We usually make breakfast to enjoy with the children...this gives us some time to sit and talk and visit with them (something we rarely have time to do).  Then, we always watch the movie Polar Express.  When they come back in for the afternoon session, we have another little treat (this year it was cookies and hot chocolate) for the children to enjoy as they finish the movie.  This is truly one of my favorite days of the year!

This was the table with their gifts ready and waiting for them as they walked in.

Yum! We had breakfast casserole and cinnamon rolls!
Mrs. Head, Mrs. Shepherd and I couldn't be more thankful to work with these students on a daily basis.  They are such a blessing in our lives and we enjoy the opportunity to be a part of their educational experience.  Wishing all of our students and families a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Shopping

We have been working on two-digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping.  I thought it might be fun for the students to practice these skills with a real world application.  We took some sale ads and the students has a ball going through them and choosing items that they wanted to put on their Christmas wish list.  We paired the items together to work on our two-digit addition.  What a fun activity!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Regrouping and Organizing

Well, the students continue to work hard in class.  We were able to catch the students hard at work this week while learning new skills.
These students were working on two-digit addition with and without regrouping.  They got to practice in a fun way.  They played Tic-Tac-Toe Addition.  They had to draw a card with a two-digit addition problem, solve it, and if it was solved correctly AND regrouping was used, they got to mark and "X" or "O" on their board.  Great practice, but great fun as well!

These students had some small group time with Mrs. Head.  They learned all about making a web to organize thoughts related to one main idea.  Here, they were discussing details about how to clean their room.

Now they can't tell their parents that they don't know how to clean their!  :)