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Friday, February 20, 2015

Print Awareness


 Work on these skills all year long!  Any order is fine!
  1. Front of book. 
  2. Print contains message
  3. All directionality such as:  where to start reading, which way to go (l to r), return sweep, word by word matching
  4. First and last part of a sentence
  5. Bottom of the picture
  6. Line order
  7. Left page before right
  8. Change in letter order and word order.  You could rewrite a page and change the word order in a sentence, and change the letter order in a word.
  9. Meaning of period, question mark, comma, quotation marks
  10. If shown a capital letter, can they point to the corresponding lower case somewhere on the page?
  11. Finding reversible words like “no” (on) and “was” (saw)
  12. Using 2 cards, have them slide the cards to make a window and show you: one letter, two letters, one word, two words, first letter of a word, last letter of a word, and capital letter.  Use the term “capital” when teaching this concept.  This use of cards is best done on one line of text.

All of this can be taught incidentally as you are working with books.  It was found that some students don’t understand how books/print works.  That’s what this teaches them.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chinese New Year

We learned about Chinese New Year.  One of our friends and her brother moved here from China and celebrated the New Year.
We watched a movie that told the Story of Nian.  We learned the traditions that are celebrated on Chinese New Year.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

President's Day

Learning about Presidents can be so much fun when you practice reading books in Abe Lincoln's Log cabin!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Creative Movement

Give your students a chance to play and create and you will be amazed at what happens!!!
These 3 crafty students built a bridge.  They then "bear crawled" across the bridge.  So many skills were learned on this day...taking turns, gross motor skills, waiting patiently.  Amazing things happened when another student came by and broke the bridge.  Problem Solving at its finest!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Game Night

The Park Hills PTA did a great job hosting Family Game Night!  Check out the amazing games that the students had a great time playing!  It was a wonderful time to meet friends and spend quality time together as a family.

Taping Mr. Ryer to the wall!

Race with cotton balls on your nose.

Can I get the cookie in my mouth without my hands?

Cotton ball race.


Tic Tack Toe

How did I get that cookie there?

Pick-Up Sticks!

My former students volunteering!

The Park Hills PTA does an amazing job of supporting teachers and students!

Hope you can make it next year!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

We are 100 days smarter!

We celebrated the 100th day of school doing many cool things!  We colored badges to announce how smart we are! 

We created friendship mix!  Each student brought in 100 small food items!  We explained how each person counted at home.  In class we used cups to make 10 groups of 10!
Then we shared!
We used 100 cubes to create something as a team!  Each person had to help build and the team had to agree before starting construction!  Each team had to share with the class the end product!

Monday, February 2, 2015


Spending some time practicing our Ninja skills to get our bodies working, brain thinking, and wiggles escaping!

Push-ups and Counting to 100

Push up hold and count to 100 by 10's....this is such a great upper body exercise and it helps students practice counting by10's.  Check out the cool pictures!