Class Responsibilities

Since school began we have been talking about how we are a school family and our School Family Pledge says that we take care of others and we take care of things. In our classroom there are lots of things that need doing so that is runs smoothly. Beginning this week every child was assigned one thing they are responsible for in the room. It is our hope that if we all contribute, the classroom can run smoothly so it can be a place full of fun, learning, and many good times.

Shared Reading: Wheels on the Bus

Today we did our first shared reading poem. The children figured out that our shared reading poem was The Wheels On The Bus by using strategies such as:

1. Looking for Popcorn Words.
2. Sounding out the letters. (Stretchy Snake Strategy)
3. Looking at the pictures. (Eagle Eye Strategy)

I was amazed at how every child participated in the shared reading following along with my pointer.

Here is a copy of our poem:
wheels-on-the-bus

Here is a copy of the Popcorn Song for review and for our new families to Winona. The song is sung starting with like and you go down the columns. The song is sung to Mary Had A Little Lamb.

Popcorn Song

Here is a videolink to Alphardy which will help your child review his or her letter sounds!

Bubble Gum Brain

Today we read the story Bubble Gum Brain: Ready, Get Mindset…Grow!

The character with the Bubble Gum Brain likes to chew on thoughts, flex, bend and stretch his brain and expand the way he thinks! He knows that making GREAT MISTAKES helps him learn!

The character Brick Brain thinks things are not going to change much and that he is how he is and that is just how it is. He believes things are not going to change much for him!

Most young children are full of hope and optimism. They think and truly believe they can do anything! But as children get older, they begin to realize that life gets harder.Throughout life both children and adults tend to cover up their thinking strategies with a “wrapper”, inviting a fixed mindset to dominate. As a result, society tends to deflate optimism, and people end up searching for praise instead of progress. (From Back of the Book)

A person using a Bubble Gum brain may sound like this:

That looks fun!
I can’t wait to try that out!
I love to play hockey!
I know I can do this I remember I have to try and……..
I just can’t figure this out …….YET!
I hope I can figure out how to do that because I think it would be fun!
This math looks like a real brain stretcher…..and its HUGE! It is going to take some time to get this done!
Studying for my test really paid off! Maybe I should start studying early for next weeks test too!

A person using Brick Brain sounds like this:

This looks too hard.
What if I can’t do it?
I have the best batting average on my team!
I just can’t figure this out at all!
There is no way my teacher can expect me to do that. It is way to hard for me!
There is no way I am ever going to get this!
I can’t even do this why should I even try?
I stink at free throws but I don’t ever worry because I am fantastic at defence.
This is hopeless. Forget it! I quit!
I totally aced my test. It was so easy. I probably won’t even study for next week’s test.
I did try. It is too hard.

We need to teach children (and ourselves) to develop a growth mindset. Everyone needs to know it is okay to make a lot of great mistakes! Once children feel like they have a hope you will be amazed at what they can accomplish.

It is not about how much talent you have, or how much stuff you can do. What matters most is how hard you work, at becoming a better YOU!