Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

 Wayyyy back on September 14th, we had SKATE NIGHT!  There wer lots of students from our class who attended.  Some of them are pictured below.  We love Skate Night!  There was a lot of skating around (and around and around and around) the parking lot.  There was tons of great junk food.  And, of course, the bubble machine!  

When Liam's water squirt gun ran out of water, Mrs. Anderson had a 
FANTASTIC solution!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween 2012

HALLOWEEN is as good of a place as any to start out this year's school blog.  Sorry it has taken me so long to get it all together (I'm still trying to get it all together so don't let this fool you!).   I love Halloween in first grade.  I will let you in on a secret...not very many teachers enjoy Halloween.  Too loud!   Too crazy!  Too much candy!  Wild kids!  But, I adore it.  I love to see the costumes and the excitement of all the children.  Plus, I really like getting dressed up too...and, I really like candy!

Just look at all of these little dolls:

Anthony the Ninja.  Lily the Bee.  Colby the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Hatziri the Fairy.  Makinna the Bat.  Ava the Witch.
Jacob the Jedi.  Alfredo as Luiji.  Sam as Darth Vadar.

Jose the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.  Vannessa as Minnie Mouse.  Eric the Ninja.
Liam the Jedi.  Molly the Purple Witch.  Victoria as the Candy Corn Witch.
Annie the Fairy.  Farmer the Pirate.  Amelia as Sleeping Beauty.

Karem the Bee.  Carlos the Power Ranger.  Ellie the Cowgirl w/a horse you can't see.

The party was out of this world great!  We have the BEST parent volunteers in our class.  I hate to compare but, let me just say that we had double (or triple) the parents at our party compared to the other classes.  And, since this is OUR blog, we can say that here, right?  

Thank you so much to:  Liam's mom for organizing our party, bringing treats, and reading books.  Alfredo's mom for making ghosts with us.  Molly's mom for playing "Put the Wart on the Witch".  Makinna's mom for playing a cool memory game with us.  Farmer's grandma for the fun pots full of treats we got to decorate.  Colby's dad for coming and helping out. Jacob's mom for snapping some pictures.  If I forgot someone, I'm sorry and please let me know so I can add you.
And...finally, a visit from the Evil Queen from Snow White.  

The three Disney gals.
The entire first grade team of teachers plus, student teachers.  Ours is Princess Leia!
The Evil Queen with our class mascot, Eloise as Cinderella.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pre-Holiday Photo Fun!

Painting Christmas trees to learn about Symmetry.  The children drew half a Christmas tree, painted it, folded it in half, then opened it up to a beautiful
symmetrical Christmas tree!

Elf on the Shelf Party!
I'm sure you heard all about our little elf named "Burt Ray"!  He watched over our classroom for about two weeks before the Christmas break.
He sure showed up in some funny places!  Take a look!

Averie and Jadon enjoying cookies and a drink.

Can you see the mischief Burt Ray is making??


The play:
"Bob Humbug, The Christmas Grump!"
Thank you to all those who were in attendance.  
It was a complete success and the children 
learned a lot about 
putting on a performance for other people.
What a blast!

And, finally...
Our little class party was so much fun.
We had a fun little game of choose, unwrap, steal, or trade the gift.
Each child was happy with the gift he or she ended up with.
Once again, Mrs. Nixon organized the treats for our fun
pre-Christmas party.

So much fun!

I hope your Christmas was the best yet!!
See you all soon...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Oh What Fun It Is To READ!

This past Thursday was Amelia Earhart's anual Read-A-Thon!  This is NOT your regular old run of the mill read-a-thon.  Oh no!  It is an all out EVENT!  Each and every child in the school was (or should have  had) accompanied by an adult member of his/her family.  Once at the school, we all stood and sang the national anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a short welcome announcement by Principal Cox.

Then, I had the wonderful opportunity to talk to the parents (you) about one of my favorite topics...Read Aloud!  I have some of the most amazing parents in my classroom and was probably "preaching to the choir" but I still went ahead and gave my testimonial about the importance of spending at least 10 wildly happy minutes with children during read aloud.    I gave everyone the 10 Commandments For Read Aloud which Mem Fox (amazing, amazing children's author and Read Aloud advocate) developed.  She is the woman I want to be when I grow up!
What a great sport our Provo mayor is!  We love him.  He even bought
a new pair of jammies just for our read-a-thon!

So, even though we had the State Superintendent of Schools for Utah, the Mayor of Provo, dignitaries from the state legislature, and district, and even had several of our Provo Police Force in attendance...our most important visitors were YOU, the parents.  Thank you to everyone who came.  Here are some absolutely adorable pictures from the day.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I am so embarrassed by my lack of posting.  Please forgive me.  First Grade is a very exciting place where there is a lot of activity going on every single day.  From singing, to reading, to running, jumping and computing.  From friends to fighting (uh oh!) and from tears to puke (!), there is never a dull moment in our Room 6.  So, I'm begging forgiveness for falling behind in the posting.

Here are pictures of one of my favorite anual activity.  It's called:  "Who's Who"  Each child wrote a sentence on a sentence strip about themselves that was unique just to them.  It was adorable and the mask made it even more special.  Can you guess who without looking at the name???

 (Hey!  How did THAT get in here?  *wink wink*...
It's my little grand daughter Ellee!) is another cute little Ellee with her
amazing torn jack o-lantern.

We were so lucky to have Luke's 93 year old grandpa who is a wonderful
vet who served in WWI.
We love him for his service and even more with his
great personality!


I am so proud of my little ones who entered the PTA Reflections.
Here they are with their projects:

 Beautiful, inside and out, Imani.

 Gorgeous little Shelby!

 And look at adorable Averie with her project!

I heard that some of these gals may or may not have kissed their metals and slept
with them under their pillow! 
So special!