Holidays in 204

The Kids in room 204 had a wonderful Halloween! The Kids were able to express their inner-monster, football hero, space phenom, cats, and a myriad of other personas captured for the day. We enjoyed the neighborhood parade and the party in our classroom, which included some great games and activities and snacks. Thank you wonderful Parents for providing us such a joyous time.

As we all know, once Halloween is behind us, the fall and winter holidays tumble at us in warp-speed. Throughout the month of November, your Kids are learning about the lives and cultures of many Native groups. One day, as the Kids know, I look for a time in our country,  when we don't have to set aside a month to acknowledge a culture or 'people' but we are not there as of yet. I love the awareness through discovery that occurs when the Students begin to use research. We have been using, KID REX, a search engine for Kids, in order to find facts through history and voices from the past.…
We face a new week, the first full week of Autumn, the last week of September, and we look forward. I look forward to the promise of cooling temperatures as last week had us all melting in the 95+ temps inside our classrooms. We escaped to the air-conditioned wing and did some of our studies in the cooler hallways, and we were offered very kindly, Ms. Ashford's classroom while her students were at their specials. So we found hours in the day in which to be cooler than our classroom would allow. We are grateful for that. During the afternoon recess time, I brought out the hose and faucet key and we enjoyed the cold water cooling us down en masse. Squeals of pure delight sounded and echoed off the hot brick of the building. If for only those moments under the water's respite, we cooled down.
We are headed for another one or two days of heat, but less so one hopes,  and again, by Wednesday, we are to experience 'September weather' again. Hooray. 
We are moving forward in al…

September in room 204

Well we are tucked in here among the changing colored trees, (early this year) in fact we have learned the names of many of the surrounding trees, as well as the science behind the change in color. Room 204 is a busy place, one that finds us reading and writing and learning new vocabulary. We are learning vocabulary for our reading and for science, for social studies and for math. So many words, so many meanings. Ask your Kids what Fibonacci is and how it is involved in math and nature. Ask your kids what the commutative property of multiplication is so that they can explain, that by moving the factors in a multiplication equation, they are using the commutative property: ex. 6x5 = 5x6 and they both equal 30. 
Please make sure that your Child is reading for 20 minutes a night or that you are reading with them each night. The more they read, the better and stronger they become at both reading and writing. 
I am having a great time up here with your Kids. It is going to be HOT this week, …