Friday, November 21, 2014

Grimm - 11/21/2014

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
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Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Superintendent John Carver was honored this week by being recognized for his leadership of #FutureReady Schools. Mr. Carver was invited to attend a summit at the White House. The summit was hosted by President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education. Here is clip of Superintendent Carver addressing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

While he was in Washington, D.C. Superintendent Carver took the opportunity to Skype back to students at Howard-Winn. What an exciting opportunity for them to see things in D.C. and to ask questions. Thank you Mr. Carver!

"To a child, 'love' is spelled T-I-M-E." ~Zig Ziglar, American author & motivational speaker


Some preschoolers celebrated the completion of their fall study by making a homemade pumpkin pie. The class worked hard to measure, pour, and mix the ingredients to create a delicious pumpkin pie. Please check it out: .  

As the weather turns colder, our preschoolers have noticed an increase in illness at school and in their homes. The students are concerned about the flu season and want to know how they can help. This conversation led the preschool class into their next study about nutrition. They are now focused on germs and hand washing. They watched a short video clip that showed us how germs spread from one person to the next. After watching this video clip, they placed germs (glitter) on their hands and tried to wipe them off with a paper towel. We discovered that the paper towel did not remove the germs...only soap and water. We are hoping for a mild flu season.

Your kindergartener may be coming home singing songs that they are using to learn during literacy instruction. You may have also heard them talk about Jolly Phonics. Are you wondering what it is? This may help . . . Jolly Phonics is one of the tools that we use to help build our foundation for reading and writing. It uses a method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory (a picture, an action, and a sound). Children learn how to use the letter sounds to read and write words. The five basic skills for reading and writing that we incorporate in our Jolly Phonics instruction are:
  1. Learning the letter sounds: The 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet. Each sound has an action, which helps children remember the letter(s) that represent it.
  2. Learning letter formation: Students learn how to hold their pencil correctly and how to properly form each letter.
  3. Blending: Blending is the process of saying the individual sounds in a word and then running them together to make the word. 
  4. Identifying sounds in words: Students are taught and practice how to spell a word by listening for the sounds in that word.
  5. Spelling the tricky words: Even with the tricky words an understanding of the letter sounds can help.

Kindergarten families share their talents again! Traditions make memories!

First Grade
Our first graders have been busy learning. This class was learning about how things change. To showcase their learning they have been working on making timelines of their own lives. They are using the app RWT Timelines. Students worked at home to find pictures of important events in their lives. We they added the events and pictures to their timelines. 

These students are working with verbs. They read sentences and figured out what the verb was in the sentence. They then checked their answers by scanning QR codes.

This classroom is learning about things that are "On the Move" and trying to answer the question: “How do things move and change?"

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