January 6, 2009
December 18, 2008
It certainly is the best time of the year around our classroom. It’s been hard to contain the excitement and keep the kids focused on math, reading etc.
This week the high school office staff asked our students to come and decorate the office Christmas tree! The students were quite happy to comply with this request, and very pleased with the decorated tree. I even heard one student telling another student about “their” tree in the office.
What a busy week, filled with lots of Christmas excitement! We have been counting down to Christmas each morning during our calendar time. We have also been reading lots of holiday books that we have incorporated into our reading groups. The students have been a lot more motivated to read the array of Christmas books in our classroom. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is by far the class favorite!
We are busy making Christmas cards, this has been a great job training lesson, with lots of opportunities to work on neatness, and taking our time on a project.
I am posting pictures of our chilly walk to Lititz Springs Park last week. We had a great time learning about different types of Christmas decorations, including the many door wreaths we saw.
December 8, 2008
The students have been getting so excited about Christmas. It has been the main topic of our social skills class this past week. I even made a power point presentation filled with lots of Christmas items ( stockings, candy canes, ornaments etc). This power point has been a great way to work on Christmas conversation skills.
We also visited the high school library last Friday. All the students who went, were able to check out book. Griff and Stephen used the computer to find books at another school that they are interested in. So they will be called down to the library when their books arrive!
On Monday we took a frigid walk to the park. Don’t worry though, we dressed VERY warmly. I brought in extra hats and gloves for the kids to wear. We also had hot cocoa when we got back! It was a great tie into all our talk about how to dress for cold weather.
We ventured down to the district office this past Friday to take several class Christmas pictures. I will be posting several of these pictures over the next few weeks.
It will be a busy week this week, we will be helping to put the Christmas program together for the Chorus program this weekend.
* Remember if you double click on any of the pictures you can see a bigger version of it!
November 26, 2008
We had a busy week right before Thanksgiving completing a large mailing for Linden Hall. It turned out to be a larger job then we anticipated so we worked “overtime” to meet our “deadline.” We even had to hire some new “employees” from a study hall to help us get the job done on time! It was another good experience for everyone, it really teaches the importance of working together, sticking to our tasks, waiting to take a break, and focusing on our job,not on others around us. All important life skills for our future empoyees.
As you will see in the pictures below, we also took a nice break and went out and checked out the snow that fell last week. Mrs. Morris loves snow and the outdoors, so I just had to get the kids outside to enjoy the first snow of the season. It was also a great tie in to our talk about the different seasons, and how to dress for the weather. We will also be discussing words like “yesterday”, “today,” and “tomorrow” during our calendar time each week.
I got the classroom all decorated for Christmas, I am certain Christmas will be discussed a lot in our classroom the next several weeks. We will be making special Christmas cards for the WHS staff that have been an intergral part of our classroom over the last year and half. It should be a fun project, but also an important one in teaching gratitude.
Check back for more pictures!
November 24, 2008
We are a thankful class. This year we are thankful for……..
Stephen is thankful for Mr. Ginter our new principal. He is also thankful he can help
Mr.Rathkey in the cafeteria. He is thankful for our class. He is also thankful for Nurse Melissa.
Zach is thankful for his family and his brother Steve and his new cell phone.
Vanessa is thankful for FM97, her parents and mashed potatoes.
Matt is thankful for his friend Spencer, Ashley, and his Mom. He is thankful he can go to
Subway and Freeze and Frizz on his own.
Thomas is thankful for Thanksgiving, and turkey
Taylor is thankful for his bike, his dog Dottie.
Elizabeth is thankful for her family and friends, her house, clothes, turkey and pizza.
Julie our student volunteer is thankful for Kenny, and all of our students!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Life Skills Class!
November 19, 2008
We were fortunate that local state Representative John Bear was willing to come speak to our class the day before election day. He shared with the class details and information on the election process, along with information on what he does at his job. Representative Bear is also a Warwick High School Alumni, so he got to speak in the same school where he was once a student!