Friday, January 17, 2014

Great Educational Apps!

It is fun to hear how many student have or received an electronic device of some type for Christmas.  Below are some great apps that your students might want to download onto their Kindle Fires, iPads, iPod Touches, or iPhones.  Many of them are free and great for students to practice on.  Also remember that if students have internet access on their device they can access their RAZ Kids, Reading Eggs, KidBlog, and Moby Math accounts outside of school.  If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask.

Coding Apps:
Daisy the Dino

Spelling City
A+ Spelling
Grammar Wonderland Elementary
Book Creator

Splash Math (Grade 3)
Door 24 math
Khan Academy
Beat the Computer Multiplication (McGraw Hill)

Pettson's Inventions 1 & 2

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bedtime Stories Are Not Just For Little Kids!

As I was catching up on some reading, this article caught my attention.  Third grade is a big transition year from learning to read to reading to learn.  Sometimes we forget that our older kids still need to hear stories as well as read them to themselves.  The following link will lead you to an article from Scholastic that reminds us of the importance of reading aloud to our "big" kids too! 
Happy Reading!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The holiday season has flown by and now it is on to 2014!!!  Our small elementary school enjoyed a fun afternoon on Friday, December 20th as we boarded "The Polar Express."  A big thank you to our PATT (parent group) who helped plan and arrange this fun event that included pajama day at school, special golden tickets, a PK-5 viewing of "The Polar Express", and hot chocolate and snacks.  The day ended with a visit from Santa Claus who handed out bells to all the students.  Here are some snapshots from that event.