Welcome to the Patience Fruit Stand!

Slide1I’m so excited to welcome the 2017-2018 Patience Fruit Stand Firsties! It’s going to be an exciting year patiently grooming, growing, glowing, and giving, and we’re so excited to celebrate our year of jubilee with each and every one of you!

Let’s see what we can expect in first grade this year!

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To learn more about Mrs. Rhodes, click the image above.

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You’re already here! Way to go!
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Click the image above for more information about S.W.A.G. tags and other classroom policies and procedures

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These are just a few things we have in store this year. For more insight into some of the different ways first graders will be learning this year, click the following image.

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I couldn’t be more excited to partner with you this year for the best interest of your child. Thank you for choosing CCA and for allowing me to be a part of your precious one’s growth and development! It is truly an honor. I will continue to pray for you and your families.

Let’s have a great jubilee year!

A Year of Grooming, Growing, Glowing, & Giving in the Patience Fruit Stand

It is nothing short of an honor to spend a year shaping little lives. This time of year is extremely bittersweet as I reflect on the time that’s passed and look forward another year to come. These first graders have truly grown this year, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to watch it happen! Thank you for your support, prayers, and love this year. We couldn’t have done it without our sweet families and friends.

Have a great summer, firsties. ‘Till I see you again . . .

Spring Has Sprung!

The last few weeks in the Patience Fruit Stand have been incredibly busy! We’ve been getting our hands dirty (literally!) through several investigations. My blog space is completely full, which means I can’t upload pictures; however, I can embed links, so I created a quick photo video! Enjoy!

 

Patience Gives

This quarter in the Patience Fruit Stand, the firsties are investigating what it means to serve. We’re looking at those who serve in the Bible, and reading and studying Miss Rumphius. How did she serve? Who, in the Bible, is she most like?

We learned that Paul and Barnabas traveled far and wide to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We wondered, how is that an act of service? What acts of service could we perform for others? How could we be the hands and feet of Jesus?

In writers workshop, we have been reading and writing narratives, more specifically, realistic fiction. We’ve been reading LOTS of example stories, called mentor texts, we use as models for good writing, allowing us to write stories with details about characters’ actions and mood, setting descriptions, realistic problems and solutions, and most importantly, stories that make sense from beginning to end!

In readers workshop, we’ve been looking at non-fiction text features and how they help our comprehension. We’ve been identifying and using tables of contents, headings, photographs and illustrations, captions, glossaries, and indices to prepare us for our next step: creating our own non-fiction texts using the same features!

In math workshop, we’ve been reviewing hour and half-hour time concepts and practicing quarter-hour time. This week we are reviewing money and coin-counting. Great ways to practice these skills at home include asking students to tell the time using analog clocks, then asking what the time will be after some time has passed. For example, if it is 3:00, ask what time it will be in two hours. If it is 12:30, ask what time it will be in half an hour. Students can also count coins at home, or be given a pile of coins and asked to make the same amount a different way.

Science and social studies have us exploring features of the earth and mapping concepts. We’ve been working on a project to develop our idea of location by zooming in to our own home from outer space! We also celebrated Earth Day by creating a recycled book!

TerraNova testing continues this week. Parents, thank you so much for having students at school on time and ready for each day. They are working so hard and doing so well!

Check out these guys who were awarded Oil Lamp and Oil Jar last week for collaboration. What a great example!

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Patience Glows

Thank you so much, families and friends, for coming to our 3rd fruitful event. Here are a few highlights!

Thank you, as always, for your support!

 

100th Day!

WE MADE IT! WE’RE 100 DAYS SMARTER!

The 100th day was a big hit in first grade. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the phrase, “This is the best day ever!” LOVE.

The firsties entered the room through their favorite. thing. ever.

Streamers.

Honestly, I don’t blame them. Streamers are awesome and such a fun way to celebrate anything! Every time there was any opportunity to enter or exit the room, the firsties grinned and closed their eyes, allowing the streamers to tickle their faces and trail through their fingers.

Simple joys.

We started the day by making some awesome 100th day hats. Each of 10 strips contained a 10-grid and a space to write a number sentence. At the hat’s completion, each student had written ten number sentences that equal 10, with matching colored 10-grids, for a grand total of 100! They modeled them with flair and excitement!

Next, we celebrated some more through the Primary Department Fashion Show! Each student had created a t-shirt featuring 100 items. It was so much fun to see how different each collection was! They loved showing off their hard work!

At snack time, groups of firsties were given a heaping plate of ten different snack items and a sorting mat. They were challenged to sort ten groups of ten pieces of snacks for a grand total of 100 snacks! This was one of the highlights of the day, for sure! Who knew 100 could be so yummy?!

The firsties continued their 100th day celebration through a series of 100-based activities. At one station, the firsties were given a series of challenges to complete in 100 seconds. They tallied, counted, jumping-jacked, and wrote as many words as they could through 100 seconds to see how many they could do.

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At another station, students were given a work mat featuring 100 pennies and a die. Their challenge was to roll the die, color the number of pennies indicated by their roll, and count the number of rolls it took to color all 100 pennies. For many firsties, keeping track of all of those rolls was the trickiest part! They had to remember to slow down and make a tally mark each time instead of rushing to roll again. Patience glows!

At a third station, students were given a clipboard, pencil, and recording sheet and challenged to first predict where they thought 100 steps from the classroom door would lead them and then take those steps and check their thinking. This is one of the office staff’s favorite activities to observe on the 100th day because they get to see how each firstie’s strategy is so different!

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At the last station, students created a book celebrating 100 by making 100 on each page in a different way, whether by recording 100 tally marks, counting by 2s, 5s, or 10s to 100, or filling in collections of coins that make 100.

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We also learned and sang a 100th day song and had a 100th day dance party.

Was your 100th day of school ever this fun? We’re over halfway to the end of the year, friends!

P.S. Special thanks to our 5th/6th grade friends, who plastered 100 adjectives describing our fashion show to our wall! They were awesome audience members!

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Patience Grows through the Ox-Cart Man!

Disclaimer: I have tons of photos that would be perfect for this post. Unfortunately, I feel this way about most of my blog posts, so I’ve used all of my 3G of free space over the last four years of blogging. In fact, WordPress will not even load my media library because it’s so full! We’re working out the technical difficulties this presents, so for now, enjoy this post with your imagination primed!

Thank you so much, firstie families, for making this week’s Fruitful Event a success. Your precious children worked so hard all quarter, and they truly shined! Here is a recap for those who may have missed it!

The first graders performed a skit through which they explained what they learned about each subject area, the farmers market, and how Ox-Cart Man and his family provide for themselves.

They then invited family members and friends to accompany them to their farmers market, where they traded their homemade goods with one another. I overheard so many great conversations between saints and parents as they asked great questions and gave detailed descriptions of their products and the processes of making them!

After the market came to a close, families joined the saints through four activity stations. At the first station, visitors were challenged to use the information they gleaned from the opening skit to sort goods into two categories: produced on Ox-Cart Man’s farm, or purchased at the market. Families could use the text to further support their conclusions, which is a skill we practiced this quarter.

Another station encouraged saints to share the work they completed this quarter with our visitors. Each saint’s binder represented examples of work from each subject area. The saints also completed an integrated focus study project requiring saints to research Ox-Cart Man’s home state, and demonstrate learning in math, science, social studies, Bible, and language-arts!

During the skit, Ox-Cart Man asked for help with a special project. Every year, the man sells everything he has at the market, even his ox and cart. When he returns home, he must build a new cart for the following year. Ox-Cart Man asked us to help him measure his old cart using links, snap cubes, and rulers, skills we practiced throughout the second quarter, so he would have the dimensions necessary to build next year’s cart.

The most delicious station allowed saints and visitors to sample one of the goods produced on Ox-Cart Man’s farm: maple syrup! What better way to taste maple syrup than on waffles?

If you were able to see how patience grew throughout the second quarter at our fruitful event, we truly hope you enjoyed it. If not, we hope you’ve gotten a little taste of our learning here! Be sure to join us for the next one! 🙂