And we're off! I'm extremely happy with how my class has adjusted to a new school, new classmates, and a new teacher! They have been excellent listeners as we've discussed all sorts of things like expectations and procedures for recess, lunchroom, hallways, bathrooms, classroom, etc. The beginning of the year is also a time for getting baseline data on each student's skill strengths and weaknesses. It's a lot of assessments, but we also do some fun stuff like team building games, science investigations (Balance and Motion is our first topic), and many reading and writing activities.
One team building activity we did was called "Saving Sam". Sam was a gummy worm whose boat had capsized. Groups of 3 students had to work together to get Sam into his life jacket (a gummy lifesaver), get his boat (plastic cup) turned back over, and get him back into the boat...sounds easy, right? But here's the catch: they couldn't use their hands to touch Sam...they could only use two paper clips! It was fun to watch them work together to problem-solve! Here are some pictures of them "Saving Sam"!
I sent my September Newsletter home on Tuesday of this week. It's another attempt I make to keep you informed of the things your child does at school all day! I'll try to post on this blog at least once a week, giving you more updates and reminders of things on the calendar. One important date coming up is our Parent Partnership Night next Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30. It's your chance to come and hear about things we think are important about your child's school experience. We will have 6 breakout sessions for you to choose 3 of, as well as a session with your child's grade level teachers. We'll have some high school kids here to babysit kids if you need to bring them along!
Have a great Labor Day weekend!