Sunday, December 27, 2015


We met with third grade buddies from Mrs. Slesar's class to beckon the snow. Crafters used  and q-tips to create snowflakes. We even added some glitter!!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Vermont Story

What a fun story last Friday!Our mystery reader, Ken, brought a holiday story about our state and our community in the capital. What fun! Thanks McGibney family!

Burton Snowboarding Workshop

Burton snowboards visited with an excellent workshop for first graders.
Everyone warmed up with Olympian Kelly Clark via video, then headed to stations.

Conifers and Cones

Our "Four Winds" lesson this month was about conifers- trees that bear cones! 
Many thanks to Emily and Fiona for their hard work and planning for this lesson about spruce, pine, hemlock and fir trees.

Monday, December 14, 2015

All School Food Drive

UES is collecting non perishable food items for the Montpelier Food Pantrry. Our class already has some items in our collection box. Let's see if we can add to the collection throughout the week!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Reading in Spanish and English

Jose came to read in two languages on Friday.  He brought a book of opposites to share with the class. Everyone got to practice Soanish words, and then English. There were many similarities. Jose encouraged the first graders to try lots of languages" It is so easy, once you try."

Friday, December 11, 2015

ECO Morning

We had a lovely December morning to explore behind Vermont College in the Sabin's Pasture area. We had some forest exploration  time, played camouflage( all 15 students are hiding in the above photo of the tall grass)explored some mud flats and also enjoyed our first fire of the year! At the end, kids got to reflect in their ECO journals. Thanks to Chris Mason   and Mike Wetherell for their help!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


These little elves have been visiting our classroom to help spread kindness. They have been leaving tasks for the class to complete together. The first day:
The day was full of smiles. The next day the elves were in a basket:
As each task is completed, another letter is delivered for the mystery message.

Please ask your child about their experiences with kindness at school this month!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

What Pet Should I Get?

Maria was our mystery reader on Friday! 
She loved Dr. Seuss books when she was younger and chose one to share with the class. Thanks for coming in Maria!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Math In First Grade

Each day our math lessons involve several components. We usually begin with a counting game our fluency activity in the whole group. Ask your child about " squat counting" or counting the " tens way". We then review a concept together such as finding  10's partners when adding 3 numbers. 7+ 5 + 3 is much easier when viewed as 10 +3.
We often have math partner games or activities to end math time. These students are ordering larger numbers by clipping pins onto hangers. Math time is a class favorite!!