Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Website Wednesday–BrainPopJr

BrainPopJr. is a website we use very often throughout the year.  The characters are the same in every section, so the students know them well.  While some parts of this site are subscription-only, there are many free things you and your child can do here.
Brain Pop Jr

In the screen shot above, I placed 4 red arrows to highlight areas you and your child will especially want to look at.  Those areas are Big Word Wall where you can learn and practice vocabulary, Games, where you can find games related to content area topics, Free Stuff where you can find links to whole ‘units’ –this section will give you an idea of some of the interconnected activities we do in class when we are using some of the subscription services, and Games where you can do puzzles and play other games related to many content area themes.
Parents will also be interested in checking out the Grown Ups Guide to find out more information about this website.
Happy Learning,
Monday, May 23, 2011

Writers in Action

In the next few days, your child will bring home his or her writer’s notebook(s) from this school year.  We’ve recently been reviewing all the stories we’ve written and have been reflecting on our growth as writers.  As we’ve looked through the pages of these notebooks, students have been amazed at how much they’ve grown this year.  They notice that the quality and quantity of their independent writing has gotten better, as has their handwriting skills.

When your child brings home these notebooks, take some time to sit down and look through them with your child.  Just like we did in class, reflect on your child’s work and growth this year.  Ask your child to read some of the stories to you.

If there is space at the end of the notebooks, your child is free to continue writing stories.  This would be a good place to start a summer vacation journal and record some of the activities you participate in during the weeks away from school.

Remember that just like with reading, continuing to practice writing on a frequent basis will help your child be ready to jump back into schoolwork when we resume in the fall.

Here are some photos of student writers in action this school year.

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Happy writing,

Friday, May 20, 2011

Family Fun Friday–Louisville Nature Center

Have you visited the Louisville Nature Center yet?
Louisville Nature Center
The center, located at 3745 Illinois Ave, 40213 is a place to study nature and have some recreation – and it’s right in the city.  In fact, it’s not too far from our school.
At the center, you can visit wildflower gardens, see butterflies and dragonflies, visit a library, and hike.  You’ll probably see lots of birds, too.
Admission to the park is free and they will always accept donations which will help the center continue to offer a great experience to all visitors. 
While there, check out the many summer camps that are offered.  Some scholarships are available to help offset the cost of those activities, so be sure to ask for more information.
If you’d like to contact the nature center, you can find them at or (502) 458-1328
Enjoy the outdoors,
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Website Wednesday–Chicken Stacker

This is a game the students have been playing a lot in the last few weeks of school. 

Chicken Stacker Game

This game helps children practice identifying and matching short vowel words.  Click the screen image above and ask your child to teach you how to play.
When finished, ask your child to make a list of all of the words they stacked.
Happy practicing,
Friday, May 13, 2011

Family Fun Friday

I am starting a new topic on our blog next week – Family Fun Fridays. 
On Fridays I will post information about an activity you can do with your family.  I will share information about places to visit around town and things you can do at home as a family. 
If I have information about activities around town, those activities might not always be on Fridays, but to keep with a consistent posting schedule I will post the information on Fridays.
If you have family activities you like to participate in, please let me know about them and I will include the information in upcoming Friday posts.

Look for our first Friday activity next week.
Have a good weekend,
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Website Wednesday–Listen and Spell

Here is a fun and fast game to practice sight words.

Listen and Spell Sight Word Game

We found this game last week and the students are begging to play it each day.  We take turns listening to the spoken sight word and then using the random letters across the bottom of the screen to spell the word we hear.

There are three speeds to this game: fast, faster, furious, so you can imagine the activity level in the room as students try to beat the clock to spell their word.

Try it at home – you’ll have a great time!

Happy learning,

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Reading Fun

Here’s a quick view of independent reading time in our classroom.







Happy Reading,