And just like THAT, the first 2 months of the school year have come and gone! October was filled with many great moments including a mystery reader, pumpkin decorating, a birthday celebration and our field trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I will add Halloween photos in the coming days. Until then-enjoy some highlights!
Calling All Volunteers!
Field trip, party, supply sign ups are all online this year! Click the image below to read about volunteer and donation opportunities this year and add your name to the list! The list and events will be discussed further and in greater detail on Parent's Night (September 15, 5:30)
Thank you for your support!
Hello first grade friends! I hope you all got a little something from me in the mail this week. I am eager to see you all in just a few short weeks! In the meantime, I have a special job for you!
In my letter I told you a little bit about me, now it's your turn! Ask one of your parents to snap a picture of you reading your favorite book. Email the picture along with a sentence or two to tell me something about yourself!
Click the picture below to send me an email!
Check back in a couple days for updates and photos! Happy summer!
Happy (belated!) Birthday, Nathan!
And just like THAT the first week of school has come and gone! Time sure flies when you are having fun and keeping busy! We spent a lot of time this week working on routines that will help us become independent and successful throughout the year. This week we practiced 3 of our 5 Daily 5 literacy station choices:
Next week we will learn about and practice the final 2 choices: Read to Someone, Listen to Reading. We will also begin to incorporate math stations into our daily math time! This week we practiced working with our "hot dog partner" during math time to gather materials, find a successful work space, and follow directions. Ask your child if he or she got to be the ketchup or the mustard!
We had our first MYSTERY READER today! Henry's mom, Mrs. Relyea, surprised us with 2 funny books: The Book With No Pictures and Dragons Love Tacos. We were also surprised to learn that today is her birthday!
Welcome First Graders and First Grade Families!
Happy August, First Grade Families! I hope that every one of you has been having a safe and fun-filled summer...I know my family has! August is a bittersweet time of year for many teachers and I am no exception. While I am sad that I will soon be setting the alarm clock for 5:30 AM and dropping my son off at the babysitter, I am anxious to get this school year started! The smell of a new pencil and the unblemished tip of a new crayon bring back memories of all the excitement a new school year brings. I am looking very forward to getting to know my first graders and meeting the new first grade families. Enjoy August, see you soon!
What Have You Been Reading This Summer?
Your kindergarten teachers have told me what FABULOUS readers you all are!
You will continue to grow as readers and enjoy old favorites as well as many new books and authors. I'd love to see what you have been reading while enjoying your summer vacation! Please ask someone in your family to snap a picture of you reading your favorite book in your favorite spot and then email it to me.
I will post the pictures on our class website and we will take time to share them during the first week of school.
Welcome to the class, Rowan!
Rowan joined our class on Tuesday and she has already made fast friends with her classmates. She came to us from Westmere Elementary School in Guilderland, as did her older sister, Elizabeth, a third grader in Mr. Guerette's class. We are so excited to start 2015 with a new friend!
Welcome Winter Writing Celebration
Thank you all for sharing the morning with us before Winter Recess! Your first graders LOVED sharing their stories with so many families. What a way to kick off winter break!
Click on the photo below and press play to watch the slideshow!
The class celebrated our three friend's birthdays with a fun fall craft! We loved having parents nad grandparents in for the celebration, but Cheyenne's baby brother, Carter, was also a popular guest! We ended the party with a fun round of freeze dance.
The BIG DIG!
We got down and dirty in the garden in late October and harvested potatoes we planted as kindergartners! Some students found as many as 13 potatoes in their section of garden!
Mr. Michels was this week's mystery reader!
He read the book Incredible You and we had fun discussing all of the ways we are each unique and special. Michaela was genuinely surprised to learn that her dad was the
Blessing Tree Family Project
Here is my example of our Thanksgiving Family Project: The Blessing Tree.
Please work together on this as a family and have fun thinking of the many things you have to be thankful for in your life! Projects are due on Friday, 11/14 and will be displayed in the hallway for your enjoyment during Parent-Teacher conferences!
See you all soon! Enjoy the extra long weekend!
This week our class had a visit from some fire fighters from the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department! Our own school custodian, Mr. Coons brought fire fighter Brook and fire fighter Victoria to teach us all about fire safety and prevention. We had a great time going on the fire truck and learning about all the special equipment on board!
This week we also had our first Writing Celebration! During the launch of our writer's workshop we worked hard to write and illustrate stories. We enjoyed sharing our own stories as well as listening to our classmate's stories.
Mrs. Molloy is a first garde teacher at Voorheesville Elementary. This blog will feature regular updates of classroom events written by Mrs. Molloy and her students. Please feel free to comment, we would love your thoughts and feedback!