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1st & 2nd Grade Mrs. Laudermilk

 Ms. Laudermilk's and Mrs. Presnell's - First/Second Grade
Can you believe it is December and the holiday's are upon us.  The next twelve days are going to be filled with a lot of learning and fun.  Our very elf will be visiting our class to make sure we are all of the NICE list this year...
Reading:  First graders and second graders are both working on understanding STORY STRUCTURE.  
We are understanding that every fictional story has a BEGINNING, MIDDLE and END.  We are also learning that all stories have a characters, setting and a problem (beginning) and there is a solution to the problem (ending).  The middle is full of important EVENTS. We are relating a story to a "roller coaster"  beginning to climb a hill and then descending down the other side.  
In Math, we are focusing on comparing numbers using greater than, less than and equal too.   In first grade, student we are applying our understanding of tens and ones to help compare numbers.   In second grade, students we are applying our understanding of place value to a thousand and the various forms of a nubmer to help compare numbers.   We are digging deep and stretching our understanding.  
 ** Number Sense and base ten is a very important foundation skill for being able to compose and decompose larger numbers and understanding WHY before HOW to solve a problem.  
In Social Studies, we are beginning our study of the various way in which the holiday's are celebrated in other countries around the world. 
Thank you for your constant support and allowing us to educate your children...  
 Happy Holidays, Ms. Laudermilk and Mrs. Presnell
Mark your Calendars with these important dates to remember in DECEMBER:
8th....Mr. MHS pageant at East Mcdowell Junior High School 
13th..... Math Assessment on Comparing Numbers
13th....Reading Assessment on Story Structure
14th.... Class Christmas Parties in the afternoon  1:30 - 2:30, Santa Clause to visit Eastfield
14th....SPLASH  Christmas PTO program 5:30 - 7:30
18th ...Student Led Conferences for 2nd quarter / Report Cards
19th....1/2 day for students...dismissal at 11:30    Awards Day Program in the morning
December 20 - January 4  - Three week Break
January 7, 2019 .....students return to school for Third Quarter
 Ms. Laudermilk's Philosophy of Education

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how excited I am about teaching and how delighted I am to have your child in my classroom. Some of my students I had the opportunity to teach last year in reading camp and other students I will get to know very soon.  I am sure this year will be a fun-filled, challenging and rewarding learning experience for each and every child.  I am dedicated to making this a busy, productive, and exciting year for my students so that they each can develop and learn in a variety of different ways.  I have very high expectations of my students and I want everyone to work to their fullest potential.   I think we have a terrific class and I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!     

     I would like to begin by giving you an overview of my Philosophy of Education.  As a teacher, I believe in creating life-long learners.  It is very important to me that my students are happy and look forward to coming to school each and every day.  I want children to leave our classroom every day feeling excited and wondering what they will be learning tomorrow.  Above all, I want each child to feel that they can, and will, be successful at school.  I tell my students that they are not allowed to say the words, “I can’t” because although their work may be challenging at times, I will never give them something that they are unable to do.  I expect students to always try their very best.  

Our classroom is a special place.  It is place where children should feel special, feel safe, and feel free to take risk.  We are on this “journey” together and it is important that we are all kind, encouraging and supportive of one another.  Each one of us has different strengths, needs, opinions, and ideas.  If we work together there is nothing we cannot accomplish

We all learn in different ways and at our own pace, therefore we may not always be working on the same thing.  Sometimes we will be working in small groups, with a partner, by ourselves, or with a teacher.  Other times we will work as a whole group.  We need to respect each other’s individuality and unique learning styles and remember that learning is not a race, but a journey. 

I am committed to the importance of parent involvement and support in a child’s education.  I firmly believe that your child receives the best education possible when you and I work together as partners. I will be communicating with you often about our classroom plans, your child’s progress, school events, and other occasions as they arise.   I hope that as parents, you will always come to me with questions and concerns.  It is important that we communicate openly and honestly with one another.  Talk to your child about their day and make sure they are happy and feel confident.  It is the key to a successful year for you and your child.  

Finally, let’s remember that learning is FUN!  We will all be making discoveries and experiencing new things together.  No two days will be the same.  We need to get messy, laugh a lot, be good friends and explore together on our wonderful learning journey!

No books at home?  Students can log on to RAZ kids through the school webpage and read book.  There are lots of great books to read.  
Daily Schedule: 
7:40 - 8:00 Breakfast 
8:00 - 8:20 Phonics
8:20 - 9:40 Literacy Rotations/  Daily 5
9:40 - 10:40  Math
10:40  - 11:20 WIN
11:20 - 11:35 Read Aloud
11:35 - 12:05  LUNCH
12:15 - 1:15  Specials
M:  PE
T:  Computers
W: Library
Th: Music 
F:  Art
1:15 - 1:45 RECESS
1:50 - 2:00 FFV Snack
2:00 - 2:35 SS / Science