January 2017: Happy New YeAR: OOPS I GUESS I FORGOT TO UPDATE THIS SIGHT IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER!! I FORGET SINCE I DO HAVE DAILY COMMUNICATION WITH ALL OF YOU. MY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION WILL BE TO WRITE AN UPDATE EACH MONTH!!
I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION BEFORE MOVING ON TO JANUARY A STORY FROM DECEMBER...OUR FIELD TRIP. WE WENT BOWLING AT SUNRISE BOWL AS YOU KNOW AND WHILE WE WERE BOWLING THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A RETIRED MEN'S LEAGUE BOWLING AS ALL THE LANES WERE FILLED WITH OLDER/DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMEN. WE WERE IN THE LAST TWO LANES AND NEXT TO ONE OF THE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED GROUPS. WELL LONG STORY LONGER.....WE HAD A GREAT TIME, THE KIDS BOWLED AND ATE AND SEEMED TO HAVE FUN AND WHEN ALL WAS SAID AND DONE AND IT WAS TIME TO GO I WENT TO GET THE INVOICE SO I COULD PAY AND ROBBIE, THE MANAGER, TOLD ME, " IT'S ALL TAKEN CARE OF". AT FIRST I SAW A FOLDER ON THE COUNTER AND I THOUGHT HE MEANT IT WAS ITEMIZED AND READY TO GO SO I ASKED, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN" AN INVOICE NOW INSTEAD OF PAYING..." AND HE TOLD ME, "NO, IT IS TAKEN CARE OF SOMEONE PAID FOR YOUR BOWLING" THEY SAID TO SAY IT WAS SANTA". YEP I STARTED CRYING RIGHT THEN AND THERE! WHAT AN AWESOME GIFT. SOME OF OUR PARAS DID SOME SNOOPING AND WE FOUND OUT IT WAS THE GROUP OF GENTLEMEN NEXT TO US. WE HAD SOME OF THE KIDS GO OVER AND THANK THEM. THEY HAD SHARED WITH US THAT IT WAS GREAT TO SEE THE KIDS OUT AND INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEY REALLY APPRECIATED THE WORK OUR STAFF DID WITH THEM! MAKES ME TEAR UP AGAIN JUST WRITING ABOUT IT-THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! WE ARE PAYING IT FORWARD BY HAVING THE MONEY DONATED TO FAMILIES WHO NEED FINANCIAL AID FOR FIELD TRIPS AS WE HAVE MANY STUDENTS THAT NEED THAT FINANCIAL HELP. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO END THE YEAR!
JANUARY HAS STARTED OFF WELL. OF COUSE AFTER TWO WEEKS OFF THE KIDS AND ADULTS STRUGGLE TO GET BACK INTO THE ROUTINE OF THINGS BUT I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THEY ALL LOVE SCHOOL AND THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY HAPPY TO START BACK UP AGAIN (EXCEPT FOR THE SLEEPING IN PART OF VACATION) IT WAS A GOOD WEEK BACK AND WE HAVE ADJUSTED TO GETTING ALL THE COLD WEATHER GEAR ON/OFF EACH DAY. IT DOESN'T ALWAYS PUT SOME OF US IN THE BEST MOOD BUT WE SURVIVE. WE CONTINUE ADDING LITTLE CHANGES INTO OUR MORNING MEETING AND HAVING HIGHER EXPECTATIONS AS TO WHAT THE KIDS CAN DO. WE CHANGE UP STATIONS WHEN WE CAN WITH NEW MATERIALS IN SOON, VERY SOON WE WILL START OUR "MAIL DELIVERY" SYSTEM WHERE OUR KIDS WILL BE SORTING AND DELIVERING MAIL TO THE MAINSTERAM TEACHERS. WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING IT UP AND GETTING IT RUNNING.
Wow time flies! I meant to update prior to the end of the month! We have busy working on lots of skills and activities. In math they have been working on shapes and patterns and same and different. In language arts we have had stories about the new winnie the pooh book coming out in october, we also read "wienermobile is 90", "habitat for humanity" (40 years of service) and the last week in october our story is, "election day! "
Swimming starts nov.2nd which the kids love!! so we'll dive in!
WELCOME BACK to school for the 2016-17 School Year.
Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year! Here is some general information regarding our classroom for the year:
We currently have 7 students in our class- 5 Seventh Graders and 2 Eighth Graders. We have two teachers Mrs. Meister and Mr. Barnes ( Mr. Barnes will only be with us for one hour this year teaching math).
We have 5 para professionals assigned to our room:
Ms. Carmen, Ms. Ellen, Ms. Myumi, Mr. Rick and one para yet to be determined and also an intervener. We will have Ms. Andrea and Ms. Haley to help out at different times during our school day as well.
We have the following specialist working with our students:
Our schedule is broken up between large group sessions and small group/stations.
Large Group Activities:
-Morning Meeting-this is where we take attendance and work on calendar skills.
-Snack –time to socialize and work on DLS (daily living skills)
-Math-Mr. Barnes is going to be teaching using the Unique curriculum.
Language Arts-Mrs. Meister will be teaching this using the News2You curriculum
Motor: We will be doing biking, walking and other large motor activities on the days that we do not have DAPE.
Skills: The students work on pre-academic skills such as letter recognition/identifying letters, printing letters, matching skills, categorizing/sorting, and fine motor skills.
Math: Students work on identifying/recognizing numbers, counting, sorting, matching numbers.
Work Boxes: Students are introduced to pre-work skills that deal with eye hand coordination and following multi-step tasks the skills range from easy one to two step tasks to tasks that involve using 1-3 step direction cards to put objects together (working on following directions and completing tasks)
File Folders: Students work on matching/identifying/recognizing and writing their personal data information: name, birthday, city, phone numbers etc as well as categorizing different objects by colors, words etc.
Hygiene: If students are scheduled for “hygiene” time they will be working on grooming skills such as teeth brushing, combing hair, washing face etc. (Toileting skills -wiping, snapping/zippers, hand washing etc. are worked on consistently during bathroom breaks with all students).
Daily Living Skills: Students will work on skills such as laundry (loading washer/dryer, folding and putting away) and dishes (loading and unloading, running the dishwasher).
Work Skills: Students will work on office type skills such as stapling, hole punching, shredding etc. They will also make cards using the Cuttlebug. We (Chris Jordan and I) are also working on getting a mail delivery system going. This was something we did in the past and it was a great opportunity for the students to be welcomed into mainstream classes as they deliver the mail.
We are looking forward to another new year of learning and fun.