Students look at pictures and figure out what the word is, then race to be the first one to spell it correctly. This technology helps keep students productively engaged in learning While the teacher works with small groups. The teachers can use lists of words that are already put together or they can make their own for students to practice at their individual skill level. Ask your child how they are using the Omso in their classroom.
Know Your Zone to Make Powerful Choices!
Last week the older students were introduced to the Zones of Regulation. All zones are important, yet the Green Zone is where we make our best choices. The students learned that when they stop to identify the ZONE that they are in, they are able to use the appropriate strategy to get back to THE GREEN ZONE and make their best choices. As we focused last class on finding the HERO WITHIN, HEROS MAKE CHOICES IN THE GREEN ZONE! Please notice the attached chart below as it has the various zones.
BLUE ZONE STRATEGY – Stretch to get oxygen to the brain so you can think.
GREEN ZONE STRATEGY – Take a sip of water, to keep the brain hydrated so you can continue to make GREAT CHOICES. This is our best thinking zone! Did you know that your brain needs a sip of water every ten minutes to maintain optimal learning??
YELLOW ZONE STRATEGY – We are in the caution zone as we can easily work our way back to the GREEN ZONE or we can easily work to the RED ZONE WHERE WE ARE OUT OF CONTROL. When in this zone, take long slow deep breaths, so that we get oxygen to the brain and we can think. In this zone, kids are starting to lose control either they are getting really silly or starting to get angry/frustrated.
RED ZONE STRATEGY – This is when we are OUT OF CONTROL either super silly or super angry. If someone yells or calls names when angry, they are out of control. Also if someone hits, puts another individual down, kicks or pushes deliberately they are out of control. Our strategy here is a TIMEOUT to rethink our zone and strategy.
The older students also learned about Anne Frank and how her diary during the Second World War became her best friend. Students learned that their journal can be a powerful tool to help them process their feelings and regulate their zones much like Anne did. Students were asked to
Last year a student teacher introduced us to some new technology that we got really excited about. The name of the device is Osmo, it is designed to be used with the Ipad. Osmo enables the iPad and iPhone to merge the power of physical play with the digital advantages of real-time feedback. Playing beyond the screen invites students to collaborate on tables or floors while manipulating tangible game pieces such as number tiles, letter tiles, and coding blocks.
In the picture below a student in Mrs. Brown’s class is making words.
It’s easy to assemble a game with your own pictures and words at myOsmo. Create an album about any theme or topic you want, from school subjects to family members to… literally anything! For teachers, customizing Words is a great way to get kids interacting with the class material in an exciting and engaging way.
In 4th grade, students are using Osmo at learning stations while the teacher works with small groups. It is a fun and interactive way to practice skills! In these pictures, students are working with two different aps, Numbers and Tangrams.
Tangram is not only fun, but it’s good for the brain too. Playing Tangram is a great way to exercise spatial and visual problem-solving skills. Start thinking with shapes!
With a counting, addition, concatenation and multiplication mode, there is a challenge for everybody. As kids get more confident in one mode, they can move on the next one, allowing them to learn at their own pace.
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This year in guidance class, students are learning the value of being a SOCIAL DETECTIVE as they watch and learn from the interactions of others. This year our students will be honing their detective skills as well as their ability to make POWERFUL OR SMART CHOICES in a wide variety of situations. Our children will work to develop their ability to regulate their emotions and behaviors as they discover their own SUPER HERO within. Overtaking the Team of Unthinkables will still be a major focus of this year’s guidance program. Students have guidance classes every two weeks. If you feel the need to talk with counselor in regard to your child, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school. Pictured below are resources which make up the guidance program.
Sara Le Blanc
Elementary School Counselor
We have some new faculty and staff to introduce to you this year! This year we welcome Karen Puthoff to Kindergarten. She comes to us from the JK at Van Allen so she is already familiar to many of our students and parents. Cody Lambert is our new 5th grade teacher. He is a Mt. Pleasant native but has been teaching in Central Lee. The kids have been pretty excited about having a male teacher on staff. Madeleline Finch is a veteran special education strategist who has taught in a variety of places. She is most recently from Kansas. We also have some new faces among our support staff. In first grade Mary Chase will be helping staff and students be their best every day. We have three new additions to our individual student support team. Please welcome Kristen Woodsmall, Lucy Nunez, and Cami Swailes.
2017-2018 Recommitment to Measures of Academic Progres (MAP)
Wow, the 2017-2018 school year has gotten off to a fantastic start! We have started our fall assessments with Measures of Academic Progress. This is a test we have given for years but haven’t used as skillfully as we could have. We have committed to changing that this year. You will be receiving information about the MAP assessment and how it helps us differentiate our instruction for each and every student. We will also be starting our Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST) literacy assessments in the near future. While it seems like a lot of testing it all gives us valuable information on where your child’s skills are currently and what we need to do to take them to the level of achievement.
“Enjoy your weekend, but more importantly enjoy your child.”
Students in Junior Kindergarten through Second Grade read and discussed the book, “Are You Grateful Today?;” written by Kris Yankee and Marian Nelson. This book does a really nice job of having kids reflect on their lives to determine what is going well. Ask your child to share their picture and writing that he/she worked on in guidance class. Discuss all the wonderful and positive aspects of their lives such as, he/she has parents who love and support them, he/she has a home to enjoy, a school in which he or she is appreciated and encouraged to grow,etc. Reinforce all the positive aspects of your son/daughter’s life. Here are some excellent articles in regard to raising grateful children.
Sara Le Blanc