October 23 Check Out: Another Week in the Clubhouse

Today our class learned what the green circles mean!

Check Out: Another Week in the Clubhouse: Check out is how we end a week of learning in our classroom. Everyone has a chance to share a memory from the past week and a learning wish for the next week. I take this time very seriously. I pay attention to what kinds of things stand out in student memories, and I try to make every wish come true. Here are the notes from our check out meeting on Friday, October 23 2020:

Listen!

Morning Science/Snack: Yogurt in Tubes can be solid or liquid.

Listen!

Today is our 26th day together.

Today, I timed how long our class could pay attention to me for.  I stopped timing after an hour, but they kept paying attention for a lot longer than that.  They were all born in 2013, and some of them are still only 6 years old.

How did they all do that? How did 17 very young children pay attention to me talking for over an hour?

It wasn’t magic. It was because I spent 26 days teaching them how to pay attention and listen!

Here is a picture of my class listening to their Drama teacher:

Team 2 Drama Class

 

Here are some of the things the class listened to me talk about:

Our Flag Counter

Please never bite my class pencils again.

There are black reusable cloth masks available. These are to keep. They must be taken home and washed every night.

There is a special way to make sure your umbrella is ready AND our classroom is dry.

BONUS GALLERY: Here are some other great things we did this week when it wasn’t listening time (Or rainy)!

 

Check Out: Another Week in the Clubhouse

Page 16 – Thursday October 15, 2020 – The Listowel Banner

Check Out: Another Week in the Clubhouse: Check out is how we end a week of learning in our classroom. Everyone has a chance to share a memory from the past week and a learning wish for the next week. I take this time very seriously. I pay attention to what kinds of things stand out in student memories, and I try to make every wish come true. Here are the notes from our check out meeting on Friday, October 16 2020:

Weekly Learning Gallery:

Our Favourite Celebrations

Our Favourite Celebrations We are learning about celebrations in social studies. On Tuesday, Team 2 talked about celebrations we know. We made a numbered list.


On Wednesday, we learned about celebrations using the PebbleGo site.

Pebble Go  is a place to read and learn non-fiction information.

Name: eprise Password: school

Name: eprise Password: school


Today is Thursday. Each student wrote a paragraph about their  favourite celebration.

Briar’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Christmas because I get presents. On Christmas, I spend time with my family. I go to my Grandma and Granddad’s house and there is snow outside. That is why my favourite celebration is Christmas!

Finlay’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Family Day. I love family day because I get to hang out with my family. I love family day because it is a day off. We watch movies all day. That is why my favourite celebration is Family Day!

Kensley’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Christmas. My favourite celebration is Christmas because I get presents and yummy dinner. I love Christmas because my mom visits me and she doesn’t live with me. I like Christmas because I can build snowmen. That is why my favourite celebration is Christmas!

Zander’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Hallowe’en. I love Hallowe’en because I get candy! I get to go to everyone’s houses. If there was no Hallowe’en, I have no candy! That is why my favourite celebration is Hallowe’en.

Mohamad’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Christmas. I love Christmas because snow falls on the ground. On Christmas I can build a fort. There is no school on Christmas. That is why my favourite celebration is Christmas!

Zoey’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Easter. I love Easter! Easter is my favourite celebration and you can find Easter eggs. In the eggs you can find candy! That is why my favourite celebration is Easter

Mackenzie’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is my birthday. My birthday is my favourite celebration because I was born on it. On my birthday I have a party and I eat a cake. The house is decorated! I get presents and eat yummy food. That is why my favourite celebration is my birthday.

Addison’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is my birthday. I spend time with my family. I have delicious treats. I spend time with my friends. That is why my favourite celebration is my birthday.
My birthday is coming up this January. For my birthday, I am going to have 3 people because of Covid 19. We will do things differently because we usually go somewhere, but I am still going to have a great birthday. I am going to have cupcakes and pizza. I do not want presents. I want 20 dollar bills!

Bentley’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Christmas. My favourite celebration is Christmas because of presents. Snowballs are good for fights. THe food is so good. That is why my favourite celebration is Christmas!

Logan’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is my birthday. I love my birthday because I get presents. I want a ninja statue for my birthday. I get a cake. That is why my favourite celebration is my birthday.

Lea’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Christmas. I love being with my family. Me and my family have a family dinner. We get presents on Christmas. That is why my favourite celebration is Christmas.

Marlo’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Christmas. I like Christmas because I get lots of family time. I get to take turns opening presents with my sister! My mom and dad get to open presents too. That is why my favourite celebration is Christmas.
Christmas will be different this year because I usually have a big party at my cousin’s house, but I can’t visit them this year.
My second favourite holiday is Hallowe’en. I like it because I get to see my neighbours. I get to share my candy and stay up late. That is why my second favourite holiday is Hallowe’en.

Lauren’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Christmas. My favourite celebration is Christmas because we have a party with my family. I love Christmas because I get presents. I love Christmas! That is why my favourite celebration is Christmas.

Miss Versteeg’s Favourite Celebration
My favourite celebration is Canada Day. On Canada Day, I always go to the Atwood Parade.I often celebrate Canada Day with Mrs. Cox and her family. I love Canada Day because I love my country and I am proud to live here. That is why Canada Day is my favourite celebration.


Tomorrow is Friday. Students will illustrate a good copy of their celebration paragraph for our 3rd class book!

Clubhouse Check Out Meeting #4 – Friday, October 9, 2020

Check out is how we end a week of learning in our classroom.  Everyone has a chance to share a memory from the past week and a learning wish for the next week. I take this time very seriously. I pay attention to what kinds of things stand out in student memories, and I try to make every wish come true. Here are the notes from our check out meeting on Friday, October 9 2020:

Classroom Learning Gallery:

Fire Safety Gallery:

The Clubhouse is Thankful!

The Clubhouse kids published their second piece of writing today!  Together, we wrote and illustrated a book called “The Clubhouse is Thankful“. Each student filled a page by writing and illustrating a paragaph about something they are thankful for.   I typed their paragraphs here for the world to read.  Happy Thanksgiving World!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Mohamad
I am thankful for my friends. My friends are important. They play with me. My friends care about me. That is why I am thankful for my friends.

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Marlo
I am thankful for my sister. I am thankful for my sister because she plays with me. She reads to me when I am sad. She sneaks downstairs and watches T.V. with me on weekends! I am thankful for my sister because she is wonderful!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Norah
I am thankful for the world. I am thankful for the world because it is my home. I am thankful for the world, it is the planet we breathe on. I am thankful for the world, I love it! That is why I am thankful for the world!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Hayley
I am thankful for my dog. My dog is important because she is so cute. My dog is really soft. My dog is fluffy. That is why I am thankful for my dog.

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Addison
I am thankful for my friends and family. One reason is that they are nice and kind. Another reason is they care for me. The last thing is because they are fun. That is why I am thankful for my friends and family.

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Logan
I am thankful for my dad. He lets me play on the TV. He lets me play his ninja game. He plays tag with me. That is why I am thankful for my dad!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Zander
I am thankful for my home. I live in it. I like my home. I used to live in Stratford. Now I live in Listowel. If I had no house I can’t go to school. That is why I am thankful for my home!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Briar
I am thankful for my house. My house is important because it is safe, and I feel safe. I have an awesome family to live with in my house. That is why I am thankful for my house!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Lauren
I am thankful for my family. This is because I love my family. I am thankful for my family because I can sleep with my family. I like my family. That is why I am thankful for my family!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Mackenzie
I am thankful for my sister. If I was an only child, I would be lonely. My sister is kind. My sister is caring. That is why I am thankful for my sister Chelsea!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Lea
I am thankful for the school. The teachers teach me things. My brother comes here. My friends are here. That is why I am thankful for the school!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Kensley
I am thankful for my cat. I love my cat Kiki because she loves my dad. I like my cat because she is cute. She likes me. That is why I am thankful for my cat!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Finlay
I am thankful for my dad. He feeds me. He loves me. We play baseball together. That is why I am thankful for my dad!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Divya
I am thankful for my sister. I am thankful for my sister because she plays with me. We are friends. I like my sister. That is why I am thankful for my sister!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Hayden
I am thankful for my mom. She loves me. She gave me a touch screen laptop. She made smiley cookies. That is why I am thankful for my mom!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Zoey
I am thankful for my parents. My parents make food for me. My parents bought me everything I need. They are fun to play with. That is why I am thankful for my parents!

I Am Thankful!
Written by: Maci
I am thankful for my mom. She makes food. She makes my laundry. She picks my clothes. That is why I am thankful for my mom!

I am Thankful!
Written by: Miss Versteeg
I am thankful for mistakes. This is because I know that mistakes are important. I used to think I was bad if I made a mistake, but then I found out that mistakes make my brain grow. I don’t make mistakes on purpose and I try to learn from them. I am thankful for my mistakes!

The clubhouse is thankful forthe fire department too! A fire truck is coming to our school tomorrow morning, and we are thankful to have a chance to learn more about fire safety!

Listowel Firefighters
Photo provided by NPFD

Article Written by Sarah Jamieson, NPFD fire safety educator

 

Check Out #3: October 2, 2020


Checkout Meeting Notes: At this weeks meeting, I asked the children to tell me what they remembered learning with Mrs. Rothwell.  Everybody thought of a different lesson, and many included learning wishes for next week!


Family Reminder – Google Classroom: Only 5 Team 2 families still need to log into our google classroom at home to confirm that I have everything set up correctly should we need to pivot online. Student usernames and passwords were sent to each family individually from my email address, rebecca.versteeg@ed.amdsb.ca.  Please contact me immediately if you have lost this information, or if you need help with the log-in/survey process described in that email.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the kind and supportive notes families wrote to me in the optional text response box that I included in the log-in survey. I feel blessed to be working with each and every one of you. 

 


Special clubhouse charts from our week:

Important Jobs for Important People.


Important Student Writing Part 2:

As promised, I’ll close the week with the important writing project outlined in yesterday’s post

The Important Thing About Zoey

The important thing about me is that I have two brothers.
It is also true that I am a minecraft pro.
And I have fun at school.
It is also true that I love my friends.
But, the most important thing about me is that I have two brothers.

The Important Thing About Divya

The important thing about me is that I like gym.
It is true that I like to play at the park.
And I like reading.
It is also true that I like to play on the trampoline.
But the most important thing about me is that I like gym.

The Important Thing About Norah

The important thing about me is that I love Math.
It is true that I have friends.
And I have a cat.
It is also true that I have a sister.
But, the most important thing about me is that I love Math.

The Important Thing About Mohomad

The important thing about me is that I love gym.
It is true that I love summer.
And I love the snow too.
It is also true that I love recess.
But the most important thing about me is that I love gym.

The Important Thing About Lea

The important thing about me is that I love to laugh.
It is true that I got my dog on September 13th.
And I love to count.
It is also true that I love to go on walks.
But, the most important thing about me is that I love to laugh.

The Important Thing About Hayden

The important thing about me is that I am good at Fortnite.
It is true that my sister picks me up from school sometimes.
And my family plays with me.
It is also true that I used to have a cat.
But, the most important thing about me is that I am good at Fortnite.

The Important Thing About Mackenzie

The important thing about me is that I love my family.
It is true that I am kind.
And I have one sister.
It is also true that I like to play soccer.
But, the most important thing about me is that I love my family.

The Important Thing About Logan

The important thing about me is that I like Dinosaurs.
It is true that I am smart.
And I am kind.
It is also true that I used to have a fish named Goldie.
But, the most important thing about me is that I like Dinosaurs.

An Important Post. Written by Important People.

Our first class writing project is based on a special text by Margaret Wise Brown called The Important Book.  10 students have published their writing already, and more will be featured in this weeks “Check Out” post. Classroom copies are being printed on individual sheets for illustration before I publish them together in an illustrated hard copy book.  Someday soon, I hope the children will be able to have a turn to take our important book home to share with families. In the meantime, enjoy this special sneak preview. I’ll share a link to the original text at the end of this post for you to enjoy after reading our writing!

The Important Thing About Maci

The important thing about me that is that I have two rabbits
It is true that I have a brother.
And I have a cat.
It is also true that I have a dog.
But, the most important thing about me is that I have two rabbits.

The Important Thing About Finlay

The important thing about me is that I love the Avengers.
It is true that I have a brother.
And I love me and my brother.
It is also true that I love gym.
But, the most important thing about me is that I love the Avengers.

The Important Thing About Kensley

The important thing about me is that I have two dogs named Daisy and Dolly.
It is true that I like the colour yellow.
And I have one hairless cat.
It is also true that I love to play Roblox.
But, the most important thing about me is that I have two dogs named Daisy and Dolly.

The Important Thing About Hayley

The important thing about me is that I love doing gymnastics.
It is true that I do
And I love the summer season.
It is also true that I have a dog.
But, the most important thing about me is that I love doing gymnastics.

The Important Thing About Bentley

The important thing about me is that Wolverine is my favourite superhero.
It is true that I love my little brother.
And I love gym.
It is also true that I play lots of video games.
But, the most important thing about me is that Wolverine is my favourite superhero.

The Important Thing About Marlo

The important thing about me is that I love my family.
It is true that I love to read.
And that I love the holidays.
It is also true that I love art class.
But, the most important thing about me is that I love my family.

The Important Thing About Addison

The important thing about me is that I love school.
It is true that I love to play with my friends.
And I love to swim.
It is also true that I play hockey.
But the most important thing about me is that I love school.

The Important Thing About Lauren

The important thing about me is that I am funny.
It is true that I love to dance.
And I love to play.
It is also true that I love art.
But the most important thing about me is that I am funny.

The Important Thing About Briar

The important thing about me is that I am me.
It is true that I like my friends.
And I am nice.
It is true that I like reading.
But, the most important thing about me is that I am me.

The Important Thing About Miss Versteeg

The important thing about me is that I can pick things up with my toes!.
It is true that my favourite colour is green.
And I do not have a TV.
It is also true that I have three nephews in Montreal and I mail them letters.
But, the most important thing about me is I can pick things up with my toes!

Check Out#2: Two Weeks in The Clubhouse

Good Morning boys and girls. I like you!

Check out is how we end a week of learning in our classroom.  Everyone has a chance to share a memory from the past week and a learning wish for the next week. I take this time very seriously. I pay attention to what kinds of things stand out in student memories, and I try to make every wish come true. Here are the notes from our check out meeting on Friday September 25, 2020:


This is the poster we looked at in health this week.

We are using corn for counters in math. I have child-sized disposable masks in the clubhouse for children to use at any time.

We made a graph based on our birth months.

This week’s poem was called Today!