Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our First Week Back ROCKED!

We made it through our first week back in school... and what a GREAT first week back it was! 

The students worked so hard this week, that you would never know they just had an entire summer off. We worked on reviewing our math and literacy skills in our centers, and I have to say that I la-la-loved hearing the students say, "Ms. Kearson - this is so easy". I just love my second grade smartie-pants!! :)

We worked on story sequencing, characters, and setting with the story, "Lost and Found". The students did a most excellent job with their story comprehension, and I *know* they breezed right through the story skills test they had on Friday.

We also spent time this past week talking about, exploring, and using math and science tools in the classroom. Here are the journal entries we made this week to help remind us what tools we will be using in second grade, as well as how to use them...

Under each one of the "flaps", the students wrote how or why they would use these tools. This will be a great resource for the students to refer back to throughout the school year.

Friday we had our first Panther Pride day in Kearson's classroom. Each Friday we spend the first five minutes of recess picking up trash, bits, and what-nots around the playground area to show our Panther Pride at Crown Point Elementary. The students are really proud of the difference they are making... and I couldn't be prouder of them!

This upcoming week we will continue to review mastered skills in centers, and introduce new skills in the classroom. We will also begin having homework this week... YAY! ;)

I'm looking forward to another great week with my awesome second graders... I know they will continue to amaze me!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome Back Crown Point Panthers!

Kearson's Classroom... Making 2nd Grade SUPER Stars!!

What an AHH-mazing first day in second grade!! I don't know how I got so lucky as to get all the awesome second graders in my classroom, but my cup runneth over!! I am looking forward to a great school year.

I would like to give a special *THANK YOU* to all my parents for their support and the great big pile of classroom supplies. It was such an absolute pleasure to meet each of you at orientation and on the first day of school.

Please let me know if you should have any questions or require additional information... especially regarding the new *free* breakfast and lunch program at Crown Point Elementary this year.

Thank you again for making today amazing!! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

I Made Good Choices!

Punchcards are so much fun in the classroom... and the little ones love them! I use the punchcard system in my classroom to reward the student's *good choices*. After getting five punches on the punch card, the students get to go to the treasure box... and once the punch card is filled with all 10 punches, the students can turn it in for a classroom coupon.

Here are the classroom coupons I made for the students to choose from...
Click here to visit my TpT store to download these coupons

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Day the Crayons Quit

I have been busy this summer working on my math and literacy units for my favorite classroom books. "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt is such an amazing book to use in your classroom... and if you are like me, you will use it several times throughout the school year.

I absolutely LOVE this book, and I find a way to use this book 3-4 times during the year. This 70 page math and literacy unit is a great way to fill your centers with fun learning activities, leave out for morning work, or to have set aside for your students that complete their assignments early. You can use different parts of this unit all year long.

Here are a few pages from this unit...