Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Voices of Experience

Students in Room 103 were featured in an article in the Burlington Union on June 28. Boys and girls shared their reflections and advice for incoming kindergartners and were interview on the day of our Family Gathering.

Well done boys and girls!  Here is the link to the article.

Advice For Incoming Kindergartners

Kindergarten, here we come!

To help our incoming students prepare for the year ahead, each year in June we invite our current students to write some advice for future room 103 students.  Read below to find out what they have to say:

In kindergarten we listen to the teacher.

You can play ST. Math.

I love new friends!  I love my teacher.

Don’t be scared because your teachers are nice.  You have to listen to the teachers. You are going to learn a lot of math.

You do not need to be scared because you are going to have a game day!

Do not hurt friends.  Do not be shy. You can make lots of friends.

Don’t worry because school is fun.  Don’t worry because math is fun. Don’t worry because you might get to bring stuffed animals to school if you fill the popcorn jar.

Don’t worry, our teachers are nice and everything is fun and one day you can earn a prize if you fill the popcorn jar.

Don’t worry.  My kindergarten is the best!  It’s nothing to fear. The teachers are nice.

Don’t worry you are smart. Don’t be scared.  Field trips are fun. I was scared in the beginning.  Just try your best.

Don’t worry because you have nice friends.  They would still be your friends even if you are in different grades at Pine Glen. Be happy.

Don’t worry because you will know your words.

Don’t worry, you will have a water day!  Don’t worry you won’t have too much homework.  Don’t worry it is awesome. Don’t worry you will have a lot of friends because you  are nice. Don’t worry you will have presents.

Don’t be getting mean friends.  It is nice here because you are already smart.  You will read books. Do not worry because you will get prizes!

Don’t worry because you will make new friends.  Don’t worry. Kindergarten is fun. Don’t worry.  Your teachers are really nice. Don’t worry. Kindergarten is awesome.  Don’t worry. You will get presents.

Work hard to earn hoot cards.  You might earn a tickets or a scoop of popcorn!

We did fun art and math and read books.  I like sitting on the rug.  I was scared in the beginning, but it was great!

Kindergarten is fun because you will learn and play and have friends!

Don’t be nervous because it is fun. You will be good.  You can make new friends.

Students Are Looking Forward To Learning More Next Year!

In June we thought about what we hoped to learn in school next year.  Here are our aspirations:

I hope to count to the number 2100.  I hope to write better. I hope to read better and I hope to do more writing.

I want to do music and gym!

I want to learn to read better because I want to be a guest reader in room 103.  I want to count to really high numbers. I hope to be better at math.

I hope I learn how to count to 1000.  I hope to do first grade ST Math and do longer math equations.

I want to learn more about ST Math.

I want to learn about how to right to 2000 and how to write other people’s names.

I want to learn to count to four hundred.

I want to read 1000 books!

I hope I do 1st grade ST Math or 1st grade Symphony math.

I hope I learn how to read a book.

I want to learning writing and spelling and making books.

I want to learn how to research.  I want to learn how to read. I want to learn how do equations because my mom is always on the phone.

I hope to learn about fossils and science and to write long sentences and read books.

I hope to learn how to add 100 and 100000000000000 and to learn to read harder books.

I want to do ST Math and I want to play outside with my friends.

I want to learn  to write the number words to 100 and I want to learn to read.  

I like math and want to do it with the first graders.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Happy Summer Vacation

We celebrated the last day of the school year today and started off by visiting the River of Kindness.   Students were thrilled to hunt for the rocks they painted.  

Then we made our way around the school and took a few photos along the way!

In recent weeks we have written about our hopes and dreams for next year and shared for some advice for incoming kindergartners.  Be sure to check the blog in coming weeks to read our recommendations!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Wear Pink

The Pine Glen community has been invited to wear pink clothing to school on Monday in honor of Breast Cancer awareness and to support one of Burlington's bus drivers.  Dottie has been driving Burlington students for many years.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Learning and Fun

What to do, what to do?  The summer season is upon us but students are encouraged to continue to learn and keep skills sharp when away from school.  Here are some resources and ideas:
Summer Literacy
Besides visiting the library and reading books, websites, apps, and games are great ways to reinforce literacy skills over the summer!
The following is a list of websites with interactive literacy and thinking activities for children of all ages.

This list of suggested free apps that will have children practicing their reading, memory, and thinking and reasoning skills…

EPIC books (use blizzard bag log-in) FarFaria
Trivia Crack MeeGenius
Chicktionary Learn with Homer
Heads Up The Opposites
Tikatok StorySpark Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion
One-minute reader (small fee)

Board Games
FUn for the whole family!

Spot It! (any version) I Have (Play ‘n Learn System) Blurt
Respond! Word Game WordTeasers (Small Fry) Boggle
Hedbandz Memory (any version) Last Word
Morphology Jr. Scrabble (any version) Apples to Apples
Pairs in Pears Guess Who (any version) Hangman
Don’t Say It Rory’s Story Cubes Taboo for Kids BuzzWord Jr. American Trivia Family Edition Freeze Up
Smart Mouth Wild Guess Chase Guesstures
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Children need to develop prerequisite skills* that are non-mathematical which helps develop mathematical concepts.  The summer time is the perfect time to develop these skills. When children play with games and toys, they are naturally engaged in learning many of these prerequisite skills and eventually these skills will transfer to academic settings in the area of Mathematics and Science.  Screenshot 2015-06-12 14.12.35.png
So...take some time out this summer and play a game with your child!
*The prerequisite skills are:
  • sequencing
  • spatial orientation/ space organization
  • pattern recognition
  • visualization
  • estimation
  • deductive thinking and inductive thinking
General guideline for choosing good games:
  1. Games should be based on strategy
  2. Games should last 10 to 15 minutes
  3. Games should have 1 or more than 1 prerequisite skills

Sample Games
  • Simon
  • Cribbage
  • Concentration
  • Rummikub
  • Guess Who
  • Blokus
  • Set
  • Mastermind
  • Yahtzee
  • Mancala
  • Legos
  • Battleship
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Othello
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Number war Games
  • Card Games
  • Stratego
  • Quarto
  • Qubic
  • Krypto
  • Shut the Box
  • Connect Four
  • Rush Hour
  • Adapted from Mahesh Sharma: Mathematics for All: Center for Teaching  www.mathematicsforall.org

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