We are songwriters! Thanks, Swing Peepers!

We LOVE the Swing Peepers! We have had an absolute scream with the Swing Peepers! The children just ADORE how fun and silly composing a song can be. John and Matt are perfect leaders as we work together to distill our ideas into a composition. We had hardly finished our first session on Monday when the kids asked when they were coming back. So, we’ve had to mark it down in our calendar in an attempt to contain our excitement. It is kind of working!?! We made a chorus on Monday and one verse each on Wednesday and Friday. In between, we sang some really fun songs full of great giggles and ultimate silliness. The duo will return next week for more work on the song and we will showcase our singing on Thursday night 11/20 at 6:30. Hope you can all come. I know it will be a special night for all of us!

When I Grow Up… We have been making an “All About Me” book this week. We highlighted what makes us special. My favorite was the page about what we want to be when we grow up. Our aspirations range from “a teacher” to “a secret agent” to a “NASCAR driver” and “a rock climber”- they are all exciting and sweet. Just like the children in our class.

More Color  In case you are interested, there was a neat series on NPR this week for adults all about color. It was called, “Color Decoded: Stories that Span the Spectrum.” In light of our recent color study, I thought you might want to check it out… Here is the link to the kickoff story about the week-long series: http://www.npr.org/2014/11/10/362280927/whether-green-with-envy-or-tickled-pink-we-live-in-a-color-coded-world


Save the Date:

Thursday November 20, 2014

Robinson School “Auditorium” (the gym)

World Premiere and Debut of the Soundtrack of our Swing Peepers Residency

6:30 pm. Be there!

Activating Our Schema! In Reader’s Workshop we focused on our “schema” this week. We learned that our schema is “all the stuff in our brains that we already know about.” It helps us to look at the cover of the book and think about what we know about what we see before we begin reading the pages. This is a good habit to develop as we build on our reading habits and skills. It also offers a strong foundation as we add to our schema each and every day!

Dates to Remember: Tues 11/18 – Field Trip to the Flynn Theater

Wed 11/19 – Guest Teacher – I am at the Flynn for a workshop.

Fri 11/21 – Report Cards go home

11/26-28 – Thanksgiving Break

12/2-5 – Book Fair in the Library

I am still looking for help covering some shoe boxes for our home book boxes. If you have some time to come in to cover the boxes, please contact me.

I also have a cutting project that I could use some help with next week. If you have some time, let me know. It is a quick project that I can send it home to you.

At conferences, a few of you wanted some ideas for websites to use for home practice when you have time. Below are a few that I have used in the past. If you know some others, please pass them along!


ABC’s and reading practice


Math Practice games


More info on the Scholastic Book Fair coming to our school in December can be found at:



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