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Goldfinch

Tonya Reynolds

Tonya Reynolds

Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

Goldfinch Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Natalie Fisher and Tonya Reynolds are the classroom’s co-teachers.

* Spelling tests continue throughout the second trimester.  Please study every night with your second or third level child.  This trimester sentences may be dictated to your child using past spelling words.  Students are expected to spell past spelling words correctly, use proper capitalization and punctuation, correctly write the sentence dictated, and follow any grammar rules that have been studied. If it is not a past spelling word and it is misspelled it will be corrected or circled but not counted wrong.   Past spelling words will be underlined.  This is important because the students need to be able to spell these words correctly in their everyday writing and not just memorize them for the test.  At other times I will ask your child to create their own sentence using a spelling word.  I will look for capitalization, punctuation, use of grammar, and if the sentence makes sense.

* AR tests for second and third level- AR is short for Accelerated Reader.  This is a computer program that helps teachers  manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.  Your child picks a book at his or her own level and reads it at his or her own pace.  When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer.  The questions are literal comprehension questions, questions dealing with parts of a story, and recalling details.  Your child receives immediate feedback based on the quiz results. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them.  This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. I will help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that is challenging without being frustrating. Many students are asking if it is possible to take AR tests at home.  This is a computer program that is purchased by the school and not available at home.  As with anything, performance improves with practice.  Encourage your child to read at home.  Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading, and discussing books that each of you has read.  When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is comprehending what is read.  Reading with your child is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning, and creating a loving relationship between you and your child.  Make reading a family affair!

** Europe study- Starting the second week in February we will begin a unit on Europe.  If you would like to share food, clothing, art, music, or anything else related to European culture please let us know.  The students love having parents come in to talk about different cultures!  Please e-mail Tonya if you would like to set up a date and time to come into our classroom.

Make learning spelling and reading a fun family activity!  If you have any questions regarding the above information please feel free to e-mail Tonya. 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, January 16th the Lower Elementary Community spent the morning listening to the Upper Elementary and Middle School concert and playing outside in our wonderful environment. Nature and You is the Lower Elementary theme for the year.   Students made snowmen, snow art, pulled each other on sleds, and practiced throwing snowballs at our monkey knuckle and into buckets.  Hot chocolate warmed everyone up as we resettled into the classroom.  So much fun means sooooo many pictures!

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Winter fun with all of Lower Elementary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fall Spirit Committee concluded their work by planning and performing a play based on Leo Lionni’s book, The Six Crows.  In the story, the crows eat the farmer’s wheat which upsets him greatly.  After several attempts to out do each other, the observant wise owl makes a suggestion.  She suggests using words to solve the problem.  The characters take her advise and learn that words can be magical.  The farmer and the crows talk to each other and are able to resolve the conflict. They all live happily ever after.  Great job, Spirit Committee.

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The third level students have been exploring how living things are divided into 6 kingdoms.  While plants and animals are very familiar kingdoms to us, the other kingdoms, the bacteria, Fungi, and Protista kingdoms are not.  To learn about these special kingdoms we have done several experiments.  We grew bacteria in milk and in water.  We took swabs  from around the room and rubbed them on our petri dish solutions.  Within days, we had various types of bacteria growing.  Yuck!  With the Fungi kingdom, we grow mold on various food objects, learned how yeast and sugar can blow up a balloon, and we even ate fungi!  Not everyone loved the mushrooms Natalie served.  Students completed experiments and filled out forms using the scientific method.  Experiments are a fun way to learn about the world.

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Level 2 students are busy working on their personal timelines.  Please feel free to stop in and see their hard work.  It is so fun to see their growth through the years.

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