Saturday, December 22, 2018

Merry Christmas to all.... and to all a good break!

December was short, but sweet, in Room 004!  Students loved daily adventures with Peppermint!  He was all around the room, with several outfit changes, and gave students a lot to write about in their daily Elf Journal!  They also looked forward to finding notes from Peppermint each day as he complimented students in our room. 

Students loved working towards their reading stamina this month!  Each child has a box of "just right" books that they can read on their own.  We worked up to reading independently as a class for 11 minutes!  Encourage your student to show you how they can read independently at home.  If you don't have books they can read alone, let them choose any familiar book and they can read using the pictures or they can retell the story.  Sometimes we even had a fire and instrumental Christmas music to help us relax! 

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to support and cheer on our Greer High Yellow Jackets as they headed to the state football championship game!  Their buses drove by CCE after they left Greer High and our entire school was outside cheering them on!  We streamed the game during our center time & snack time.  Students enjoyed watching, and cheering, while they worked, especially since we had a big brother from our class and a teacher from our school with the team! 

On Wednesday, December 19th, we held our 2nd Annual K5 Gingerbread Day!  Each student in K5 had the opportunity to create their very own Gingerbread House!  It was a creative and enthusiastic event that was enjoyed by all.  Peppermint got in on the fun with an apron of his own!  Thank you for sending in supplies and toppings to make this event possible!  :)

On Thursday, December 20th, CCE celebrated winter with Nutcracker Day!  Teachers and students had a pajama day.  Our day began with a Reader's Theater play presented by our non-homeroom teachers, we did fun holiday work stations, we watched the Nutcracker cartoon movie, and had a treat walk through the halls of CCE!  It was a fun and magical day. 



On Friday, December 21st we worked on following directions by doing a directed drawing of the Nutcracker, we read the Nutcracker book, did one last Elf Journal entry, and played review games while we took turns decorating Christmas cookies for an early snack!  If you plan to do any cooking or baking over Christmas, consider letting your student help you!  It is great fine motor skill practice, shows the importance of following directions, and teaches patience.  It was amazing to see how intently they decorated their cookie creations and had a plan to make them just right. :)

Mrs. Best and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday, January 7th!  I hope you enjoy this special time with your family!  Happy Holidays from Room 004!


Monday, December 3, 2018

A New Arrival...

Today we found a new arrival in our classroom... a Scout Elf from Santa!  We voted and named him Peppermint Jingle Chandler, and we will call him Peppermint.  :)  We found him on our calendar today holding a green marker, then we found a special message from him and a book for us tucked away on the easel!  We hope we can make lots of good choices for Peppermint to report back!

Students have been SUPER excited about our Gingerbread Unit!  Here are the books we read last week.  We read a new version of the Gingerbread story each day, ask your student to tell you about it each night!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Feast

We celebrated our 3rd Annual K5 Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 20!  It was a fun event with each class of students bringing in part of our feast to share with our school family.  Teachers cooked the food and shared with each class, then we took our plates and sat down with ALL of our K5 friends to have our Thanksgiving Meal!  We hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours.  :)    We are so grateful for our students, families, and CCE!

Grandparents Week!

We celebrated Grandparents Week at CCE November 12-16!  It was a busy week with lots of grandparents and loved ones coming to enjoy lunch with students (and a trip to the book fair!).  We loved meeting each and every family member who dropped by!  Thank you SO much for coming to visit and making memories with our students!

Miss Bailey

We have been fortunate to have Miss Bailey visit us each Tuesday this semester!  Bailey is a junior at North Greenville and completed her Fall Practicum in our classroom.  Students enjoyed working with her and loved having her teach a few lessons too!  Bailey joined us for our Greer field trip and came by to surprise us and visit our Thanksgiving Feast!  Her official last day was last Tuesday, but we would welcome her back anytime. 

Monday, November 12, 2018


On Thursday, November 11 we took a community field trip around Greer!  We had a great time exploring as we were introduced to goods and services (which we will revisit later this year) and learned more about our community helpers.  We began our day at Ingles!  We had a delicious sample of whipped cream from Starbucks and set off on a tour of the store.  We visited the floral area, bakery, produce, and fresh food area before exploring the various departments.  Ms. Cindy taught us about bar codes and how she uses them  to order more food as needed.  We got to see the meat department weigh turkeys and package ground beef and visited the "can tab" aisle with all the many kids of soft drinks (and can tabs!).  Next we got to go 'behind the scenes' to see inventory, the coolers, and saw how the machine bales boxes together to be recycled!  We were treated to a complimentary re-usable shopping bag on our way out.  It was a great experience and a wonderful place to shop!

Next we traveled to Greer City Park!  We had a fun fall picnic lunch and enjoyed the amazing playground!  After lunch, we walked to the Greer Fire Department.  Greer Police helped us cross the street and it felt like a mini parade just for us!  During our visit to the Fire Department, we learned about "Stop, Drop, and Roll" and got to see and hear a fireman in his turnout gear.  We learned how his gear keeps him safe, and if we hear that wheezing sound, that is the air mask (which means they are close by to help save us!).  The firemen also gave us our very own fire hats!  They took us on a tour of the station, we saw their living area and the fire pole!  They showed us how to slide down, but said we had to go to the fire academy if we wanted to try it.  After we finished, we got to climb in a real fire truck! 

Last we went over to the police station.  We were presented with our very own sticker badges and walked around to see the offices.  Police officers have to do a lot of paperwork.  We got to take our picture with the 2 police officers and their patrol car when we finished!

After a little down time, the bus picked us up and we ended our day with a popsicle to celebrate our great day!