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More Than ABC is a informative, fun, creative blog dedicated to share what is going in in our classroom. Using technology, creativity, and quality materials keeps us busy! If your in my class or just a visitor, I'm glad you stopped in!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Welcome

Welcome to our new school year!

Our supplies are ready, plans have been made, and we are ready to get started. I am so excited to begin teaching this group of students and be a part of all their amazing learning.

The purpose of this blog is to offer parents, family, and friends a window into some of the events, lessons, and learning that is happening at school.

I also use the blog to communicate upcoming events, alert you to interesting or useful places online, and to keep you informed.

Look through some of lasts years posts, check out the tabs across the top and view permanent pages to learn a little about the classroom, the curriculum we use, and your teacher!

If you have comments or questions about the blog please email me using my work email address.

Mrs. Rose

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Reading Tips III

Keep it special
1 on 1 time. Spend time with your child individually as a special part of the day.

Family book. Read a book together as a family and enjoy the exciting plot and adventure that many children's books have to offer.

Location. Reading is much more enjoyable when you are comfortable. Find cozy places to encourage your child to read.

Praise. Reading can be tough work. Giving your child verbal praise for their accomplishments.

Rewards. Our goal is to have reading be a reward in itself. To help kids get there, library summer reading programs, lunch with the teacher, or rewards set up at home can help guide the way.

Tracking progress. Keep a list of books read, hours read, minutes read, or something to help chart the progress your child is making. Get those sticker charts ready!

Ownership. Owning a book can be a meaningful connection to the characters, plot, and information in a book. Inexpensive ideas include thrift stores, garage sales, Paperback Swap, used book stores, or trading books with friends.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

100% Engagement

As a school we are working hard at what we call "100% engagement"
This means that during academic times students are following the lesson, particiapting, and actively learning.
Seeing students eyes, bodies turned toward the presentation of material, participation, and work completed in class all help us toward that goal!

Our Promethean Board ActiVotes (clicker in system) also helps keep students accountable and engaged with the lesson.  The immediate scoring of a question with the ActiVotes keeps eyes and brains on the lesson.


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Attendance

Nine students received awards for perfect attendance first quarter. This is a great accomplishment, often really due to their parents! Nice job!

While we DO NOT want students to be sent to school sick (if they've had a fever in the last 24 hours) attendance is very important. If you have specific questions about attendance please contact our front office.

Missing one day could mean missing:
  • The weeks main vocabulary lesson
  • Introducing a new concept in math
  • Review of material before a test
  • Writing conference based on their work
  • Their only time seeing a specials teacher for the next 3 days
  • Discussion about the next paragraph, chapter, or line in reading
  • A test or assessment to guide our instruction about how they are progressing
  • Practice for readers theater with their group
  • Getting to experiment with hands on materials in science
  • A guest speaker, presentation, or assembly
  • a lot of assignments...

As cold and flu season is upon us, please remind and encourage your child about all the healthy measures to take to stay healthy.

Thanks to all those kids who are there each and every day ready to learn and the parents getting them there!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Positive Encouragement

Parents, ever appreciate when a boss or co-worker tell you about a great job you did?

Students, is it nice to hear the teacher say some positive ideas about your work?

Keeping it positive keeps everyone encouraged and motivated. Love and Logic suggests to be encouraging without giving away answers, problem solving strategies, or the solution to a problem

See how you can give some one some "noggin" today!


The turtles are also a reference to the text for this week's story "Emerald's Eggs." A class looks for turtle eggs hatching on the beach while learning about different turtles.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Encouraging Reading

Read! Read! Read!
Our class is participating in the book it program, our school's Accelerated Reader program, and our daily homework of reading 30 minutes each night.


Some nights are easier than others but here are some ideas about how to squeeze in some reading time without a fight.


  • Make sure the book is on their level. Too easy is boring and they will quit, too hard and they're frustrated. AR levels at our library will help!
  • Interesting books. Know what interests your child and encourage them to find books in that genre.
  • Owning favorite books. Repetition is helpful to improve fluency and comprehension. Reread that favorite book again.
  • Keep a supply on hand. Our school library paired with a home or public library selection should give your child several options when it comes to reading time.

When will we get all this reading done?
  • While on the go. How much time is spent on a commute, running errands, driving to practice? Keep books in the car to always have one available. A milk crate or extra backpack of books will keep them safe.
  • While waiting. Waiting for sister's soccer practice to be over, waiting at an appointment, waiting for dinner to be done. Reading while waiting fills in a wasted empty time and has a clear end mark - when dinner is ready!
  • Evening routine. Every night after dinner set the timer for 30 minutes, read 30 minutes before bed time, 30 minutes before any TV time, 30 minutes while dinner is prepared. Have your child agree on a time and stick to it!

Keep it special
  • 1 on 1 time. Spend time with your child individually as a special part of the day.
  • Family book. Read a book together as a family and enjoy the exciting plot and adventure that many children's books have to offer.
  • Location. Reading is much more enjoyable when you are comfortable. Find cozy places to encourage your child to read.
  • Praise. Reading can be tough work. Giving your child verbal praise for their accomplishments.
  • Rewards. Our goal is to have reading be a reward in itself. To help kids get there, programs like book it, lunch with the teacher, or rewards set up at home can help guide the way.
  • Tracking progress. Keep a list of books read, hours read, minutes read, or something to help chart the progress your child is making.
  • Ownership. Owning a book can be a meaningful connection to the characters, plot, and information in a book. Inexpensive ideas include thrift stores, garage sales, used book stores, Scholastic book clubs, or trading books with friends.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Problem - Solution

Find yourself thinking about what to do?

You've got a problem? Looking for a solution?

Our goal in reading this week is to find examples in our reading of times
when characters have a problem and need to find a solution.

Talk at home about problems such as missing an ingredient in a recipe and how to solve that problem. Encourage students to work to solve some of the problems they encounter and talk about how they did it!
Posts on More Than the ABC’s may include links to external websites. Links to external sites are not under the editing control of the author of More Than the ABC’s. Please ask that children use adult supervision when visiting websites outside of this blog, especially YouTube. While there are many great videos, please considering the ability for the public to post and comment on videos on YouTube.