Rocking and Rolling in Room 118

This Week in Room 118

This week marks the end of the first nine weeks. I cannot believe that we have reached this point already! This week we spent time reviewing and finishing up some assessments. We were also able to create some art, check our hummingbird feeders, and do some research to see what our next study will be. It was another great week of learning!!

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Writing Time

Today was our first free choice Friday. Everyone was allowed to write their own story and create their own title for the story. Everyone was very excited to write their own thing today. I am starting to see many learners who are able to write a beginning, middle, and end of the story. They are starting to write more and are learning how to sound out each word that they are writing. I will continue working with each child and moving them in the direction that they are ready to go so that we can all become good writers.

Starting next week the learners will be able to sign up for a day they would like to share. I am working with them to help them understand what makes a good story for us to write about. We have talked about a story needing characters, setting, and details that tell the story (who, where, what).

You can help them understand this better by talking about the parts of the story when you read to them. You can have them tell you the characters and the setting. You can also have them retell the story when you are finished reading. This will help them gain a better understanding of a story and all the parts that make up a story

W.K 3 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.

L.K. 1 Begin to demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking.


We have started incorporating art into our week to allow us some time to be creative. Each Thursday when it is time to go to the library a few learners go at one time and we do an art project while learners are going back and forth to the library. We have spent time creating sculptures and other things out of recyclable materials. We have also learned how to use the watercolors and everyone enjoyed time making a beautiful picture with the paint. I can already see their creativity as we had some paint flowers, fish, and even trains. The learners enjoy this time to be creative each week.

Learning Throughout Our Day

We have really been focusing on learning our sight words. We have a sight word poem each morning that helps us see a sight word used in many different sentences. We also highlight sight words during daily news. During this time two learners share news that is important to them. I then write the news and have the class help me sound out the words. If we come to a sight word I choose someone to tell us how to spell it. Once we share news we talk about the parts of the sentence which includes pointing out the sight words that we know. Our learners enjoy sharing with us and also finding different sight words in our sentence. We have also played several sight word games including swat the sight word and spelling our sight words in funny voices. This is all helping your learner to be able to recognize the sight words and to be able to spell them in their writing.

Our math concentration is still learning to recognize numerals and being able to count objects. Every day we count to 100 and we count the number of days we have been in school. We also have different math games during center time. This allows learners to count objects and to match the number counted with the correct numeral. Next week I will introduce Go Fish as a center game. This will be a game that will help learners to recognize numerals and to cooperate with others.

Lunch Visitors

We had several grandparents and parents come and eat lunch with us the past two weeks. We enjoy having visitors come and join us for our wonderful lunch time. If you would like to come for lunch we eat at 11:15 in our classroom. We can't wait to have you join us for lunch!!

L.E.L.U (Learn, Explore, Love, Upgrade) Time

Through L.E.L.u time I have discovered our learners interest and what they would like to explore next. Many of our learners are interested in various things in the ocean. We made a web about what we knew about the ocean and then they had time during centers to do some more research and share with the class. Many learners made books about what they had learned which included various fish, turtles, and sharks.

Another interest is alligators. We have several learners who really want to know more about alligators. Even during webbing about the ocean we had a discussion about if there are some alligators that live in the ocean. I had several that thought it was possible to have a salt water alligator. Because this interest is so great we will more than likely be moving toward learning more about the alligator. Next week we will work on writing things we know about alligators and what we want to learn. We will then start the research process and learn more about alligators, and their habitat. I look forward to where this is going to take us.

Parent Conferences

Thank you everyone who came to parent conferences. I enjoyed speaking with each of you about your amazing children. I am so excited with where each of your learners are and where they are headed. If you have any questions about your learners progress please send me an email and we can discuss it further.

Helping Your Learner at Home

Below I am listing some things that you could help your learner with at home.

Sight Words:

These will be the sight words for the next nine weeks.












We have been working on numeral recognition for 0-10. We have also been working on counting the correct objects that match the number. You can work with your child by helping them recognize numbers on flash cards and having them count out the correct number of objects for each numeral.

Letter Recognition:

We review letter sounds and letters every day. We point out letters as we write, we sound out words together and determine the letters that make those sounds, and we play numerous alphabet games. You can help at home by showing your child letters and words every where you go. Have a letter hunt in the grocery store or have them find things that start with certain sounds. One of the best ways to help your child with letter recognition is to read to them every day. You can talk about the story and what letters and words your child sees in the story. Your child is bringing home a library book each week so you can read it multiple times with them. This will allow them to become more familiar with the story and make it easier to pick out letters and sounds in the story.

A Few Reminders

These are just a few things to keep in mind for the upcoming weeks.
  • Thank you so much for making sure to contact me if there is a change in transportation. Remember if you have future changes in how your child is getting home please email me that way I can respond and you will know I got the note. If you do not hear back from me by 2:00 please call the office so that they can let me know. This just helps insure that your child always gets home safely.
  • Scholastic October order forms went home in your child's Friday folder. Thanks for your orders this will allow us to get more books for our classroom.
  • You may start coming for lunch with your child if you would like. Our lunch time usually starts around 11:15. Please be mindful that this changes some days depending on how quickly the lunchroom can get our orders to us. If you are getting a lunch from the cafeteria please go and get your lunch before coming to the room to eat with us. We look forward to having you join us.
  • If you ever have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email me!

Thank You!!

A big thank you to Ethan Taylor (Raegan's dad) for building dig boxes for our learners. We are so excited that we will have our own place just for digging. We will have dirt coming next week and I will share lots of pictures of all the fun we will have. Thanks again!!

Wish List

This is a link to a wish list for our class. Included on this list will be books on topics that we are interested in as well as other things that we may need for our classroom. Thanks so much for helping enhance our learning in our classroom.

Loving Learning at PRS!!!

Our learners have now learned how to take pictures of what they are working on in our classroom. This will now be the place that I add these photos so that you can see learning from our learner's perspective.
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