Thank you for the many donations you sent in for our class. I am so appreciative! We’ll be using them all in this last week before our winter break!
Excitement is in the air and I needed to pull out a little teacher trick today. We had a quiet contest. The class was split into two groups and two students were chosen to be the captains of our teams. The captains awarded their team a tally when they saw a teammate being kind, working hard, or following directions. It worked like a charm! The kids worked hard, the winning team was allowed to choose from my prize box, and requests for another quiet day were heard! Don’t you just love first graders?!
Monday, December 16 – Our special is applied engineering. We have a spelling test today. It’s dress like a snowman day at Eshleman. Wear hats, scarves and the color white. We’ll be making decorative trees using ice cream cones and candy!
Tuesday, December 17. – Our special is Music. Today is wear your favorite “bling” day at Eshleman. I will not be sending home spelling words this week – my gift to you!! A Christmas present for your family will be coming home today if all goes well! The kids are excited to share and may want to give it to you right away! Our Math lesson over the next two days is HARD! The kids need to “make a 10” to subtract! If you thought make a 10 to add was hard, you haven’t seen anything yet! Don’t worry if your kiddo can’t understand this concept. As adding and subtracting become more fluent, this will come more naturally!
Wednesday, December 18 – Our special is Phys. Ed. We’ll be having a Grinch themed day today. Eshleman students are wearing festive sweaters. You area also welcome to deck the kids out in green or other grinch apparel you may have at home. Green spaghetti will help us practice our words!
Thursday, December 19 – Our special is Art. Eshleman students are wearing PJ’s to school today! Our classroom will be having a gingerbread themed day. Gingerbread play dough will help us review our sight words and of course we will eat a homemade gingerbread cookies made by our very own Miss Rachel!
Friday, December 20 – Today is a 1:30 early dismissal day. Please send any transportation changes to the office. Our special today is applied engineering – welcome back Mr. Kelley! Eshleman students may wear a holiday hat. We’re getting ready for the new year by cleaning out desks and choosing new seats! That is always a thrill!
In January, we will begin sending home “Bubble Gum Math” facts. Similar to learning sight words, students will master addition facts one level at a time, and then move on to subtraction. I’ll send home a letter in the New Year explaining how everything works. All I ask is that you find a few minutes each night to practice these facts. We’re still learning strategies to make addition and subtraction faster, however memorizing math facts is the ultimate goal. Many students rely on using concrete objects, fingers or drawing pictures, and that’s OK!
When we return to school on January 2 our special will be Music. Have a relaxing winter break and I look forward to see the kids in 2020!