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Weekly Update: Welcome to Spring!

on April 5, 2012

Wow! Room 125 came back to school with lots to do!  This week our fine motor activities were all about spring, and our room and hallway are now decked out with our spring crafts and writings.  We continued to talk about time and added a new activity to our day: the Question of the Day. We work on yes/no questions, opinions, counting, and comparing during this time between lunch and the Recess Buddy game at recess.  Check out the other exciting things that happened this week:

Our iPad

Woohoo!  After a couple of weeks and many hours on the phone with tech and financial support…we have our apps!  It’s only been a couple of days of experiementing, but already it is evident what a positive impact this iPad has and will have on our room.  A classroom favorite it “Talking Tom”, an interactive app with a  cat that repeats what you say in a funny voice. So much language and laughter with this!  I’m also working hard at programming our communication app “Proloquo2Go”.  Yesterday was day 1 with it, and we used it at morning meeting. We also told  knock knock jokes to teachers and our first grade role models with it. What a neat way for everyone to have a voice!  The students seemed very excited and proud to be using the iPad as a voice.  I am beyond thrilled about the opportunities that the iPad has already brought to our classroom in the first two days!  I am excited to incorporate it into many academic and social skills throughout our day.  If you are ever by our room…feel free to check out our apps with me!  Also, look at “Class Pictures” to see some of the happy faces on our first day with apps.

Assembly

On Tuesday we went to our first big assembly.  The Children’s Traveling Theater put on a 45 minute version of The Wizard of Oz for ECE-3rd grade. Each of the Room 125 kids had a buddy or two in their inclusive class that sat with them.  They all were with their inclusion classmates and the Room 125 adults just hung on the sidelines. Very proud of the great behavior and sense of community! The kids at Edison are so supportive and wonderful buddies:)

Group Picture Day

Is today! We are taking a Room 125 photo as well as inclusive photos. That is, each student also joined their inclusion class photo. Again, the sense of community in those classes is huge!  If you want a copy of our photo and/or the inclusion photo, please fill out and return an order form by tomorrow, April 6.

1st Grade Teambuilding

For quite a while, we have had a couple of first graders from different classes join us at the end of the day as “role models” during teambuilding.  These past two weeks, this group has grown.  We have had up to 6 other first graders join our 3 at the end of the day (and so many more first graders are interested!). It is amazing to watch all of the kids play.  This week we played red light green light. The first grade role models are wonderful.  They are so supportive of our kids. It’s wonderful having our own little first grade class at the end of the day!  These role models are really helping us to learn some age appropriate play and social skills.

Enrichment Day

Enrichment day is May 18.  This is going to be a great day!  We are going to have a Recess Buddies celebration/trip.  Our tentative outline includes bowling, a picnic, making Recess Buddy yearbooks, making a Recess Buddy/inclusion promo video to show the school, Buddy reading, and more. I am so excited to be able to spend a day with the amazing Buddies and be able to do so many fun things in their partnerships. 

What a great week.  There is so much coming for Room 125 this spring!  Feel free to call or e-mail me if you want to know more!  I am very excited for our students!

-Ms. Wales

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