Last week we ready the fabulous book, The Table Where Rich People Sit. We discussed all the ways our lives our rich. The cool thing is none of them actually involve money. Just living here in Aspen and in the mountains makes our lives SUPER rich.
Miss Kylie's life is rich because she gets to watch 18 amazing first graders grow throughout the year. Did you notice these pictures are from the first week of school? We've learned so much, grown so much, made so many new friends, and become such better readers since then! Thank you for making our lives so rich!
Today was...PERFECT. What a fabulously hot, sunny, soft, amazing, fun, outside day. We showed off our skiing skills all over Buttermilk from Tiehack to West Buttermilk and every run in between. We took a break only for lunch and wore smiles the entire day. Couldn't ask for much more. Thank you to everyone who made it possible. I only wish I got to take a run with everyone! We collectively read about 1900 books! Did you even know that was possible for first graders? Turns out it's very possible. We worked hard, reached our goals, and played hard to celebrate!
Luckiest kids EVER!
Miss Kylie feels rich because her students share amazing articles and science experiments!
Check out this cool video. One boat has no soap and the other has soap. Pretty amazing...we're thinking of testing the theory out on a cruise ship. Could be an environmental breakthrough!
I loved getting to meet with everyone during conferences and share the amazing growth we've made in first grade. I got great feedback and one thing that came up over and over again was spelling our high FREAKY words. We're now excellent readers and can read those words like pros, but when it comes to spelling we're still working hard to get them right every time. There's a reason they are called FREAKY words and it's because they don't follow the usual phonics and spelling rules we know and love so well, so we just need lots of practice.
There's lots of ways to make spelling fun and here's just a few we use in the classroom and you can use at home too with our Spelling List!
If you're looking for more, check out this awesome presentation put together all about high FREAKY words by our awesome reading teacher Kelly OBranovic. She's a reading professional!
What do the pictures below have in common?
They're all books by one of our favorite authors, Kevin Henkes.
We started off with books like Kitten's First Full Moon when we were just learning to read. We continued onto books like Chrysathemum and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse when we were learning how to be Kindergartners and First Graders. We read Julius, the Baby of the World and Wemberly Worried when we were feeling jealous or anxious.
Today is Nation Read Across America Day! So, in order to celebrate, can you guess what we did? Yup! We read! We read many different kinds of books, but focused on the man behind this special day, Dr. Seuss. And in proper Seuss fashion we read in some pretty wacky ways.
We CAN read!
Today we started a new math unit focusing on base ten. We're adding and subtracting experts, but when we start to work with bigger numbers, it's so much easier if we can work with groups of ten. To kick off our new unit we counted up all the box tops we've collected so far (by 10s and 100s)...which was PERFECT because our first grade box top competition started today.
By the way, you are all rock stars because we have 536 Box Tops so far!! Wahoo!!
(for the Gratitude Project)
Amazon Gift Cards
(for classroom and art supplies)