Friday, March 21, 2014

Welcome Back! (To me, anyways...)

Hello Families of Mr. Abbott's Class!

First of all, I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of Heather and I as we have brought Hazel into our lives.  The students have been incredibly kind, the staff here has been so supportive, and you, the families, have been generous in both your kind spirits and your amazing gifts.  Heather, Hazel and I thank you from the bottoms of our hearts, which only seem to grow bigger day by day.

I am working on individual thank-yous, but also finding that I'm spending a lot more energy on feeding and resting myself these days than I'm used to.  ;)

Secondly, I'd like to update you on where we are academically in class!  These are very exciting times.

Math: We are in the middle of Unit 8, Fractions.  Fractions can be quite scary, but we seem to be holding it together pretty well so far.  The kids are confident with the terms numerator and denominator, and even get where they go correct most of the time.  Remember the denominator goes down, and we're looking pretty good.  I'm also encouraging them to think a little more critically about what the numerator and denominator represent, namely that the numerator tells you how many pieces you have, and the denominator tells you how big (or how many pieces in a whole) those pieces are.  It's not easy, but we're working very hard at it.

Writing: Our non-fiction informational writing is coming along great!  The kids did some amazing work while I was gone with both Ms. Bianchini and Mrs. Ericson, and I'm so excited to get right back into it with them.  I feel like I missed so much!  This week we've been working on parallel sentences, also called comparing/contrasting sentences.  I've been thoroughly impressed with the work I'm seeing.

Cursive: Oh no!  We got a bit behind the eight ball on cursive (this was a prior scheduling issue of mine and a few other teachers with a new program) and we're going to be doing LOTS of cursive for the next few weeks.  Prepare to hear about some sore hands! :)

Spelling: Unit 22!  Wow!  We're trucking along.  Here's a list of all the spelling units (thanks to Mrs. Ney) we've had so far this year, with the words from each.  Use this as you see fit to practice!


Unit 1:
along
while
might
next
sound
Unit 2:
below
saw
something
thought
both

Unit 3:
few
those
always
show
large

Unit 4:
often
together
asked
house
don't

Unit 5:
world
going
want
school
important

Unit 6:
until
form
food
keep
children
Unit 7:
feet
land
side
without
boy
Unit 8:
once
animal
life
enough
took
Unit 9:
four
head
above
kind
began
Unit 10:
almost
live
page
got
earth
Unit 11:
need
far
hand
high
year
Unit 12:
mother
light
country
father
let







Unit 13:
night
picture
being
study
second

Unit 14:
soon
story
since
white
ever
Unit 15:
paper
hard
near
sentence
better
Unit 16:
best
across
during
today
however
Unit 17:
sure
knew
it’s
try
told
Unit 18:
young
sun
thing
whole
hear
Unit 19:
example
heard
several
change
answer
Unit 20:
room
sea
against
top
turned
Unit 21:
learn
point
city
play
toward
Unit 22:
himself
five
usually
money
seen



*** The Core Spelling Words from Units 1-22 are listed above. These words will be cycled through our spelling units. Thank you for continuing to review these words with your child.

Theme: Physics of Sound! Again, I missed so much! What a great unit as we learn all sound are vibrations and the difference between pitch and volume (if you're not sure, ask your budding scientist!). You'll be getting information today about the upcoming Sound Maker Parade, and what your young sound maker will be doing.

Reading: You should be hearing all sorts of ephemera about a variety of topics as we explore the world on non-fiction books. We've talked about how to approach non-fiction (ask your child about the sound lightning makes and what it has to do with reading with vim and vigor!), how to approach new and difficult words, and the plethora of tools at our disposal in a non-fiction piece to aid comprehension (ask about text features). I love this unit, and the kids seem really amped up, too.

Thirdly, if you haven't yet, you NEED to follow us on Twitter for our Final Five every day! You'll get constant updates on what is happening in class, and great conversation starters for dinner, bed time, or just any old time you want to talk more with the family.

Happy Spring,
Todd (and Heather and Hazel)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

One Day More


Hello Students and Families of Mr. Abbott's class!

Just a quick note to tell you that I have one more day here with Hazel and Heather and then I'll be back to see you bright and early Tuesday morning!  Thank you so much for your well-wishes and for being so good with Ms. Bianchini and Mrs. Ericson.  I can't wait to hear about all the fun things you've been doing while I was gone!*

Have a great Monday, and I eagerly anticipate seeing you soon.

-Mr. Abbott

*I have a pretty good idea what you've been up to.  :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Meet Hazel!

Hello Friends and Families of Mr. Abbott's Class!

I have it on very good authority that you had a wonderful week with Ms. Bianchini and that you're quite excited for another great week with Mrs. Ericson.  I miss you all very much, and look forward to seeing you very soon.  In the meantime...

As many of you probably know already, Hazel Gene Abbott was born on Tuesday, March 7th.  I am very happy about this.  :)  She won't be able to come in to meet you all for a few weeks yet, but in the meantime I thought I'd share some pictures of her in her first few days.


I know.  I know.  She's totally adorable.

Miss you all, and see you soon,

Todd/Mr. Abbott