Thursday, December 16, 2010
What a beautiful day it was today. The snowflakes are big and fluffy and the sounds of children laughing and playing in the snow are outside our window! The crickets will have a new friend start school on Monday. We are very happy to have her in our room. What a great opportunity for our crickets to put into practice all they have learned about belonging and caring. I asked the crickets how they might help make our new friend feel like she belongs.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
We have been talking in class about all of the many holiday traditions, from Hanukkah, and Christmas to Kwanzaa. We have talked about the many ways lights are used to celebrate. We have also talked about the many ways to show that you care during this time of the year. We have had our first snowstorm and have had our first snow day! I asked the crickets what they like to do for fun in the snow. Let's see what they had to say. Sending wishes for peace and happiness, Mrs. Caswell
Thursday, December 2, 2010
As you know a big holiday is right around the corner. Many of my crickets have so much to tell me about their traditions and their wishes. Today I read a poem about one of my family's favorite traditions, Christmas caroling. Every year several families that we know and love get together to go caroling. We meet at our friends house in Sheldon and pile into a trailer filled with hay bales and lit by lanterns. We are towed along by a lawn tractor to houses in their neighborhood stopping to sing at each one. We then return to their toasty warm home for a pot luck dinner and yummy desserts. It is something we look forward to every year. I asked our crickets what is something they look forward to every holiday season?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The crickets have been talking about all of the things they have to be thankful for. We are all really thankful that we can have a warm place to have our Thanksgiving feasts. The Pilgrims were thankful that they had a successful harvest and that the Native Americans helped them to learn how to survive the harsh winters. Yesterday we were able to watch the Circle of Courage children perform traditional Abenaki dances and songs. We learned that in their culture you do not clap at the end of a performance, because it will make it rain, you raise your left fist and nod it saying nay, nay, nay. I really enjoyed hearing about all of your Thanksgiving traditions and the crickets have written about them and they will be on display in our classroom. I read a poem about my favorite tradition, the wishbone! I am thankful to have such a wonderful first grade class and I cannot wait to share their successes with you during Parent Teacher conferences.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Crickets have been busy this week learning about ways to be caring. We have learned how to be caring in the classroom, on the playground, and in the lunchroom. As a class we are sending hearts to all of the adults in our school telling them that a cricket cares about them! (Thanks for the idea Mrs. Dietsche!). They are having fun decorating the hearts and they are all unique and beautiful. We also had a special guest at the all school assembly! Swannie visited to teach us how to wash our hands properly, which is so important this time of year! Unfortunately my friends will not blog this week as our blog has been blocked on the netbooks. We are working this out. Technology a blessing and a curse. Hope you all enjoy the beautiful weekend.
I care about all of you, Mrs. Caswell
I care about all of you, Mrs. Caswell
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
On Friday we said good bye to one of our crickets. Bailey will be moving to St. Albans. We all wished him good luck at his new school. Parents, you should be so proud of your cricket. They were beautifully caring in saying good bye to their friend. They are growing right before my eyes. Awesome.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
So far this week the crickets have been busy. We went to see the No Strings Marrionettes. We really loved the show about fairy land and the evil Colonel Corn. We also carved our class pumpkin Lightning Bolt. Reg the fireman came to teach us about fire safety. We also we so lucky to have Mr. Merrill donate a pumpkin for each cricket to paint. We are looking to Halloween!!