Friday, September 5, 2014

Grimm September 5, 2014

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm

sgrimm@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm              

SKYPE:  saramarleygrimm








How was your day. . .
A teacher shared a great article with me about how to connect with kids and talk about their day at school.  Do you ever have conversations with your kids about school and get the response of “fine” or “ok”.  I know that I do, when I talk to my kids about their day.  Here are some suggestions for starting the conversation with your kids that may lead to a better connection.  25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today? Conversation starters:

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
7. How did you help somebody today?
8. How did somebody help you today?
9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
10. When were you the happiest today?
11. When were you bored today?
12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?
14. Tell me something good that happened today.
15. What word did your teacher say most today?
16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
19. Where do you play the most at recess?
20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?
24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.
Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.  ~Nelson Mandela


Preschool
Our preschool year has begun.  The students were very excited for their first day of school.  They have been busy learning how to do things in school.  Listening to the teacher, learning school behaviors, and being a good friend have all been recent topics of conversation.  The students are very eager to learn and have shown that they are fast learners as they meet new friends and learn to take turns and share as they explore in their classrooms and on the playground.

Kindergarten
Kindergarten students have been busy learning all about Cadet Pride and our expectations that we have for behavior at school.  Our building uses PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports).  PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.

We use a lot of different methods to learn. Using centers is a part of how we learn in kindergarten.


First Grade
First grade students are using math games to make learning math fun. When we're having fun, we're more open to learning. When we're having fun, we want to keep doing whatever we're doing.  We can more easily harness students’ energy, excitement, and love of learning by incorporating games into the classroom to help practice skills that we are learning.

Class 1B (Mrs. Rausch’s class) is doing great things in reading, writing, math, and social skills! "Like" their class Facebook Page to follow their year! Search Fun-Tastic First Graders  https://www.facebook.com/rauschc.class1b





Students trying out a new game “Bunny Hop” in math class.


  





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