Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Reader Vol. 11

Here is the most recent installment of the Room 108 newsletter; Mr. Reynolds' Reader. Hope you enjoy it! One thing I did leave off the newsletter is a request for hand sanitizer. A majority of the first graders wash their hands in Room 108 or Mr. Jerkatis' Room. Students are asked to use soap and water in the bathroom, disinfecting wipes, or hand sanitizer. All of these supplies are running low, but the hand sanitizer is basically gone. If you feel so inclined, would you please donate either hand sanitizer or hand soap to our classroom? Thanks!

Another quick note... there will be a "Game Day" Thursday, February 28, 2008! Please check out Vol. 11 of the Reader for necessary preparation steps.

Here are a couple more links for all you web browsers...
Miss Vaquez' First Grade Blog
The Learning Planet - Outstanding resource for educational activities and printables, like word searches!
Solar System Slide Show
Addition Flash Cards
Subtraction Flash Cards

Below are some pictures from the Black History Month Assembly with Miss Lynn Allen.

Thanks for reading and keep up the great reinforcement of academic, behavioral, and social importance! Life is a process that can be motivated with improvement!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Worm Chalet

Hopefully your child has told you by now of the worm invasion in Room 108. We are taking part in a worm composting project supported and funded through a district wide grant. We are currently in the set up stages of the project where the worms are getting "familiar" with their new home. Students will be saving "worm" food scraps such as vegetables, some fruit (grapes, little apple and banana pieces), and plain white paper. There is to be no citrus fruits or bread because both spoil rapidly attracting fruit flies and mold.
This is an exciting project, captivating children in a number of content areas, along with responsibility and commitment. The worms will multiply over time while depositing compost into a lower tray in the "chalet." The compost will then be donated to local agricultural businesses.
Here are a few links to some interesting worm websites to explore with your child. Or they can explore them on their own... (Courtesy of Lori Malinksi)
Adventures of Herman the Worm
The "Yuckiest" Site on the Internet - All About Worms

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Return of Mr. Reynolds' Reader

I have come to discover that my Blog is not frequented as often as I anticipated. As I do in the classroom, I am adapting my instruction and communication to suit the needs of all involved. NotLink only will you still be able to keep up to date with Room 108 happenings on my blog, but you will also be able to download a pdf copy of Mr. Reynolds' Reader (once again). I have been advised to reproduce the once thought extinct newsletter in paper form. I hope it steers attention to this blog and is a helpful update for the parents of all the children in Room 108.
Thank you and happy reading!

Mr. Reynolds' Reader - Volume 1 Issue 10