Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Spelling words 9-23

Oops! I boo booed and forgot to update yesterday! I remembered when I got home, but I didn't have the list with me. Oh well. Here they are!

has
wag
bad
six
will
sat
had
fix
him
if
can
hit
blue
even
study

School is going well this week. We have started our structured reading program and now have small groups going as well as Daily 5. I hope that your students are having a great time and learning a lot!

Something I did want to mention is that research shows that praising a student for working hard is much more valuable to their learning than praising them for being smart. I've been impressing on the students that I am more concerned that they are putting forth their best effort than whether they are intelligent or not. I know that each of these students can be successful through hard work, and knowing math or reading is not an innate skill. Everything we learn in life takes practice and hard work. I am also emphasizing the value of making a mistake. Brain research and educational research shows that a person learns MUCH more by making a mistake than getting the questions right. Mistakes are part of a healthy process of learning. So, if you get a paper home from your child that is filled with mistakes, take it as a learning opportunity and help them persevere and figure out those questions that were wrong. Eventually, with hard work and practice, they'll learn what they need to know. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reminder!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is our spelling test! Practice those words and be ready to spell away! Haha. I also wanted to share some student poems real quick.

My Cat

My cat has fiery eyes
My cat is orange
My cat is white like snow
And, he’s also a flame tip


By: Chloe M.

The Darkest Thing

The darkest thing is a spa
It is dark like a cube
And it’s warm like a fire.

By: Jack P.


Check back for more poems soon!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thoughts On Spelling

I was thinking about fun ways to practice spelling today, and I ran into this neat post. If you want some ideas for practice at home, I think these would be great.

Today we struggled with alphabetizing. This is a good skill to practice with spelling words as well. Some students experienced a lot of frustration, but I reminded them that this was the best way to learn. Our brains learn best when they are challenged to try to do something that we might have to try again and again. I was really proud of the class because everyone tried their best, and the feeling of FINALLY getting it right was proof that persevering was worth it.

This group of students works very hard, and I'm excited to be their teacher this year because I can tell they are going to teach me a lot and make me very proud.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Week 3!

Hello there! We are off on week 3 of school already! What a great week we had last week too. Last week we started our social studies curriculum, and it was a lot of fun! We even made some pages about what students in the United States like to do. This activity is leading up to learning about what students in other countries like to do, and how that is both similar, and different, from what we do here. I know I promised some pictures, so I will include them at the end of the post today.

This week is safety week here at PHES. We are practicing drills in case we ever need to use them. Students are being reminded of how important it is to listen and follow directions immediately in case of an emergency. This might be a good reminder to practice your own safety habits at home! For example, I reminded myself where the cat carrier is this weekend just in case I needed it in a hurry! Haha.

We have also been working on poetry. We are reading a book called Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. It is about a boy who is very reluctant to embrace writing, and more specifically, poetry. The whole book is made up of his journal entry writings to his teacher. We never get to read what the teacher writes back, but it is a great book for teaching inferring, poetry, and other things along the way. After this book is finished we will read Hate That Cat, which is the follow up. The goal with the poetry is to have students write one new poem every week, or there abouts, and create a whole anthology for them to take home at the end of the year.

In math we are quickly approaching the end of Topic 1, which is the review of addition and subtraction sentences. We will be taking our Topic 1 test on Wednesday, so look for those to come home at the end of the week. We also have our spelling tests every Friday, and new homework was sent out today.

On Thursday is picture day! Please remember to have your money and picture packet given to me or here at school ready to go by then. :) We are taking pictures at 10:00 that day.

Alright, it's time to list the spelling words!

our
again
there
they
him
her
us
if
them
is
she
he
we
all
none

Keep practicing these sight words, and get that homework finished! We had all but 3 people turn in their homework on time today! Great work!

Here are some pictures from our adventures so far. :)

This is a poem we wrote as a class today!

Here is a collage made by Hannah that represents her.

Here is another collage, this one made by Savannah.

These are the awesome tools we get to use for social studies.

This is one of the examples of our group puzzles and how we all work together.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What a start to week 2! We've had a great few days so far this week, and yesterday I forgot post the spelling words. So, here they are. This week is all sight words that students should have learned in first grade, and we are going to review them this week.

are
do
the
you
to
come
where
of
little
said
one
two
could
some
away

Today we also started Social Studies! We discussed all the new tools we get to work with like maps, globes, and atlases. We also talked about working in groups, and then we each colored a puzzle piece and put our puzzles together as groups. When they were finished they said "Together We Work!" I will put up a picture tomorrow of all of our group puzzles. Ask your children about it!

I know that we are finally getting settled into our routine here and that we are all excited to work hard and learn a lot! As always, if you have questions please call or email me at the school!

-Mrs. Gerick

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

School has started!

Hello everyone! Well, the school year has started and so far, so good! I said this post would be to introduce myself and let you know what the curriculum for the year is, so here it goes!

This is my 6th year as a teacher, and my first year teaching 2nd grade. On Monday evening I'm sure I was feeling just the same as the students: VERY NERVOUS. Haha. I was actually born in Eugene, moved to the Portland area, came back to Eugene to attend UO, and then started my career on the coast before coming to Pleasant Hill last year. I have taught every grade between 3 and 6 since becoming  a teacher, and never the same thing twice in a row. When I was at UO I was a member of the marching band and the basketball band! Those years participating in those groups taught me the value of hard work, practice, and balancing my work and play.

As a teacher I am especially interested in math teaching and learning. I guess I have taken it on as my personal philosophy that every student can learn everything, and as a teacher it's my job to inspire and give them the tools to be successful! I also believe that with hard work, you can pretty much achieve anything you want. I love to learn, and I hope to pass along that enjoyment to my students. :)

Okay, that's enough about me, on to the learning! At school we use Treasures for reading, EnVision for math, and have just received a new, hands on program for social studies. For science we get kits so that students learn how to question, investigate, and analyze information. If you'd like information on any of these programs, feel free to contact me. Also, if you'd like to know what we teachers are aiming to teach your children this year, here is the place where you can download the State Standards.

Okay! This has been lengthy. I hope to add some pictures to the blog as we do fun activities in class, and I'll update this blog with spelling words on Mondays as well. Thanks for stopping by, and here's to a fun new year!


Oh, this summer my husband and I went to Disneyland. I do love Disney movies!