Friday, March 27, 2015

Grimm 3/27/2015

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
Twitter: saramarleygrimm
SKYPE: saramarleygrimm

    As we wrap up National Read Aloud Month we continue to stress the importance of reading to your children from birth. Research shows that reading aloud with children is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning. Reading aloud to your child at least 15 minutes a day starting at birth can help your child start successfully on their learning journey. LIGHT UP YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN!


Preschool Registration Spring Open House on Friday, April 17th at the Crestwood Preschool Building, 1135 Canterbury Street, in Cresco from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Kindergarten Round-up at Crestwood Elementary on Friday, April 17th
from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Children only.

Kindergarten Parent Informational Meeting at Crestwood Elementary on May 5th at 5:30 p.m.

If parents have any questions please call the Crestwood K-8 office 563-547-2300

Preschool Program-Wide PBIS
Staff Member Highlight
Hannah does a great job using a variety of strategies to help students follow the three Early Childhood Program Wide PBIS expectations: Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Respectful. One of the ways she does this is by reinforcing the expectations at lunch time. During lunchtime, Hannah talks with the students about how their behavior is safe, kind, and respectful. At the end of lunchtime, Hannah gives students sitting at her table stickers to reinforce the positive behavior she has observed. Students can either place the sticker on themselves or on a visual of the three PW PBIS expectations. 

The preschoolers worked VERY hard to think of clever ways to catch those St. Patrick’s Day leprechauns. They used their fine motor skills and creative thinking to build traps from recycled materials. Unfortunately the leprechauns got away before they could catch them. Those silly leprechauns messed up the classroom, but left us a little surprise (gold and rainbow candy and his shoe). It was a very exciting day in preschool!

Our preschool landfill…each student dumped a 
truckload of garbage onto our preschool town. 
We were amazed to see how the garbage took over!
The  preschoolers have also kicked off their study of garbage and recycling by thinking of ways to reuse garbage items in their classroom. The show, Sid the Science Kid, had an informational episode about recycling. After watching a short clip we learned a new vocabulary word, landfill. The preschoolers are concerned about all of the garbage our classroom is sending to the landfill. We are working to find ways to recycle “garbage” items in our classroom. One great idea we had was to dip our dried out markers in water and try to watercolor paint.

Thankfully the janitor Mary helped them clean their town by recycling all of the paper…nothing had to be taken to the “real” landfill!

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten students were excited to celebrate the Big Blast. They got to explore the different bounce houses and share in a special snack. It was a great way to mark the start of spring!

Their classroom work included literacy, science, and math as well as becoming more independent in specific parts of the day. Students have been working on identifying beginning sounds using a variety of materials. Students worked on identifying and ordering numbers 1-10. They continue to practice writing numbers. Right now they are focusing on the numbers 6-10. 

Their science investigations this week brought clouds to their classroom. Using a special liquid mixture and a foot pump they created clouds in a bottle. Students also explored static electricity using special static tubes

Science at Home
One of the books they shared this week had investigations that students could try at home. They tried some of them together at school: Place three cups next to each other in a row. Put water and food coloring in the two end cups. Leave the middle cup empty. Roll up a piece of paper towel, dipping one end in a colored cup and the other in the empty cup. Do this for both colored cups. See what happens next. Try other materials to move the colors.

Sharing stories with 5th grade friends - and in some cases - siblings!

Making a pop-up book during Daily 5

First Grade
Using pattern blocks and following directions to create a new shape

Even on a snow day kids are learning—they go to their classroom Facebook page to see what their assignment is.

Our students have the opportunity to participate in Food and Fitness. Recently these first grade students got to try beef sticks. After finishing up their food, they got up and danced. They had so much fun!

In one classroom the students have finished their unit 5 inquiry projects! They had been learning about the messages they can find in stories of our past, why we tell stories from long ago, and what we can learn from people of the past.

They read several fables during their small group reading time, so the kids practiced reader's theater scripts of famous fables, made costumes, and found the message or moral of the story. When they were ready, with the help of a student director, they made them into videos!

They are all wonderful and the best part is, the students did these all on their own! They explored iMovie together and then the kids were in charge of exploring the app and making their own film! Here are the links to the videos on YouTube!

Jaxson, Kayde, Jennah, and Sydney:

Isaiah, Kiernan, Mason, and Leif:

Brooklyn, Kadyn, Lydia, and Luke:

Reese, Tyler, and Ethan:

Karlee, Baileigh, Aden, and Lizzy:

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