The Jungle Beat

December 18, 2015

Our mission is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

News and Notes

Parents-Thank you for a relaxed and enjoyable time together at our party. The food was perfect and the game was fun! Thank you also for all of my gifts. I have enjoyed shopping online with gift cards while in cozy socks on my feet. I have been drinking coffee in a new mug and nibbling on a Special Dark candy bar. I have a precious gingerbread mug full of water and I am excited about pulling through Starbucks while I finish up Christmas shopping tomorrow. My house smells amazing because my daughters lit the candles I received. I am looking forward to January because of the gift of going to the Dream Conference at ST. James Church and the gift of the funding of the ramp and pathways. I am blessed!! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! You have all made sure I do.
We are in the News-Teacher of the Week

HOW EXCITING! Our classroom was featured in the Montgomery Advertiser on Saturday, December 19th. Click this link to go to an online version of the article and a streaming of the interview. Thank you for allowing me to be your child's teacher.

What a wonderful gift! Musical Ramps and Pathways will now become a reality. I am so excited about returning to PRS after the winter break. The supplies will be ordered in January and by February learning should be a "melodious" sound ringing from our room. I look forward to sharing this project with others at PRS. I hope the glorious melodies of learning ring down the halls and into other rooms as children think, innovate and create wonderful ramps and pathways. I want to express a heartfelt gratitude to those that donated. Administration, faculty peers, parents of learners, family, and friends all participated in the funding of this project.

The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance
On Tuesday, our class was asked to lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance. How could I possibly pick one child for such a special honor? So I took a risk and we all went to Mrs. Lang's office. SHE WAS SO GRACIOUS. She welcomed us with open arms. While the children stood with happy giggles, several adults stood with tears in their eyes. This was such a sweet moment. May these children grow up not only great PRS Patriots, but great Patriots of the United States of America. So future children can stand with giggles, in total freedom, in a public education school building, and happily gaze out a window at the flag.

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses
Decorating gingerbread houses is one of my most favorite things to do with children. Thank you for supplying everything we needed. Every child was given a sampling of everything in a goodie bag to enjoy later. Not only did our room smell delicious, but it was great seeing everyone's creation displayed around the room.

Celebrating Writers and Christmas Party

Celebrating Writers and Class Christmas Party
Thank you for attending our Publishing Party. I hope you enjoyed seeing the learners sharing their work with each other. My favorite pictures are of when the learners were reading to you. The Christmas party that followed, was one of the most relaxed non stressed class parties I have ever attended. I appreciate everyone for contributing time, supplies, food, and money in order for us to have a party. I enjoyed this time together so much. It was just the right amount of everything; food, game, and fun.

Last Days Before Winter Break

Last Days Before Winter Break
We stayed busy right up until the very end! I hope you get a chance to watch the video to see what all we did on Thursday and Friday.

Winter Break Ideas

Many of you asked for ways you work with your child over the break. Of course my number one response will always be "read with them." Be sure to read about the Winter POPUP Library directly following this section for additional resources for your child during the break. My second response will always be "encourage your child to write-anything-shopping list, stories, letters." While encouraging them to write, be mindful to encourage them to use their knowledge base instead of spelling words for them.

I always want to be mindful of the mission of Pike Road which is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create. In the "Winter Break Suggestions" link you will find ideas that I have gathered. In the link are several books that can be printed that I purchased from Teachers Pay Teachers, videos of books and songs, as well as a document of suggestions on how to use the items. Read the pdf Winter Break first to help explain what is in the folder. Below you will also find a link to several great STEM activities that the entire family could enjoy as you learn together.

Please know that these are only suggestions. This is not intended as homework or a requirement in anyway. Take the lead of your child. You know them best. Look at these ideas and come up with some of your own that match their interest.

Click the above title "THE WINTER POP UP LIBRARY" to go directly to a flyer containing information.


Keep children reading with FREE eBooks during winter break. December 23—January 3 / PopUp

iPad, Android tablet, and Kindle Fire users please note: You can access our PopUp Library by downloading the free “SWKids Reader” app from your tablet’s app store. Use “PopUp” (case sensitive) as your user name and password Happy Reading!

Learning Areas

Morning Meeting

During our morning meeting, we have been doing mini lessons that provide us support with our transitional writing and emerging reading skills. The recent lessons have focused on many phonemic awareness skills such as letter recognition, rhyming, syllables, and CVC word patterns. (I apologize that the chart in the picture has a missing word.)

Book Area-Ipads with literacy apps

Our iPads are loaded with several great literacy apps. It is interesting to me that when a learner chooses an iPad, they automatically take it to the book area. I am amazed at how independent they are with the devices.

Dramatic Play Area-PRS Vet Clinic-Still the most popular learning area

Never a dull moment in the PRS Vet Clinic. A snake had to have it's temperature taken. Writing is beginning to show up in all of the centers this week. In the clinic they came to me and wanted a way to start keeping records on the animals. Take a look at the writing in the block area.

Block Area-Is that a Zoo?

The learners in this area made signs to go along with the zoo they constructed. It was quite a structure. This might give the Montgomery Zoo some competition.

Math Area-Building a Bridge

The interest in building a bridge for the gingerbread boy carried on into this week. This is a great STEM activity to try at home.

Science Learning Area - Marble track

The learners have shown little interest in this area for about 2 weeks. Then the other day several brought it back to life. It is amazing how much more complex the marble run is now compared to the beginning of the year. They even worked to get the track to go off the board onto a stool.

Art Area-play dough is great for fine motor development.

I love the design and colors of the play dough. Even though there are cookie cutters that could be used, they often will make there own creations. Look at the eyes on this octopus.
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What's Coming up?

December 21st-January 4th-Christmas/Winter Break. January 5th Learners return to school.
Jan 5-8 In writing we will begin exploring the power of words and writing for a reason. This is the beginning of persuasive writing. We will be reading the following books as mentor text. In math we will continue looking at 10 frames and begin addition word sentences.

High Frequency Words.

This is an ongoing standard. The words accumulate. Consider looking at the link for ideas of ways to work with High Frequency words during the two week break. We will begin a new set of words when we return in January.

Already introduced: a, am, can, go, I, me, my, play, the, to, you, and

Currently Working on: blue, for, went, is, it in, little, red, yellow, look

Words remaining:

-big, help, come, make, not, one, two, three, we, see, said

-where, jump, they, what, up, down, here, he, she, have, like

Ideas for High Frequency Word games to play with your learner at home.

Scholastic Book Order

Parents we will be using online ordering for Scholastic Book Orders for all future orders. We will continue with book orders in January.


Class Activation Code: PC3NF

Below is the link to the pre-approved absence form.