Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Goodbye to my colleagues

Unfortunately, time flies...
This year two of my colleagues are leaving the school.
I will miss them,
but I wish you the best of luck
in the future.
I wanted to make presents for them...
something that will make him happy...
something that they could take with them everywhere...
something that is ONLY about them personally...
And I remembered a wonderful post
by green and pink mama 'Summer Fun To Do List!'

Thank you for the support and encouragement you have provided me during these years
I appreciate every moment with you guys!
Keep in touch!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Time to say goodbye to Oldrich, the class toy...

At the beginning of the year I asked my students what kind of toy we could make together...I explained that this would be a Very Special Toy that cloud not be found anywhere... And we would take care of her, every day one student would take this Very Special Toy home to play with...The students brainstormed that it could be a fish, a doll or a bird... We stopped on the bird... what kind of bird?... One of the students said, ''it can be an owl, they are smart!'' We read books about owls and learned lots of interesting facts about it. Everyone in the class, including myself, liked this idea!
We made OLDRICH!

Now, when time came to say goodbye... I started to think how the students might miss Oldrich... I wanted them to remember Oldrich, the Pre-K and their teachers.I decided to sew little owlets... this idea came to me when in spring we saw a nest outside.... I heard a conversation between of my students that day...
S1: 'Do you think Oldrich will have babies?'
S2:'Oldrich is a boy, he can't have any babies?'
As a result, Oldrich had babies... 18 beautiful owlets...
On the last day of school I went to the playground before the recess time and hid my little owlets among the branches of trees, under bushes, among flowers...
When we went outside, my kids started to play in the park as usual... when after 5 minutes... I saw one of the student was running towards me with ...'Ms.Alona, Ms.ALONA.... I think Oldrich had babies.... I saw a little owl on a tree!!!'

So, you can imagine.... Everyone was SO excited!!!
Some of the students were upset at the beginning because they thought that there would not be enough owlets for everyone... I liked how they all helped each other to find one.

Everyone was So happy at the end. The students named their babies.
Everyone left the Pre-K with a little Oldrich.

Time to say goodbye...

The end of the year...

It's been quite a year, hasn't it? Between the first day of school and the Portfolio Day, we have learned a great deal and even had a little fun while doing it.

My Students, I have enjoyed being your teacher this year. It's rewarding when a teacher is able to get a class full of children who are eager to learn and willing to do the hard work necessary. You should be proud of the work you accomplished, both individually and as a class.

Parents, it was a pleasure having your children in my classroom this year. I hope you have been pleased with their progress. They all have shown excellent promise for their future academic endeavors.

I will miss all of you next year, but I wish you the best of luck in the future.

I would like to share a poem with you...

Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel.
You are unique.
In all the world, there is no child exactly like you.
In the millions of years that have passed,
there has never been another child like you…
You have the capacity for anything.
Have a great summer!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Portfolio Day is coming

First Portfolio presentation...
... sounds exciting!
I asked my students to brainstorm about Portfolio and then I put all their words together with help of WORDLE and here we go... I used my students' brainstorm as a cover for our invitation.

We asked our Buddy Class to come and help us before the real Portfolio day comes...Our 3rd graders asked very quality questions and they looked very interested in what their little friends prepared for the families.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Habitats for Animals (summative assessment)

Today was a big day at school.
We finished our unit ' Animals Kingdom ' and we were assessing how and what our student learned. We ask our students to choose any animal they like and create a habitat for it.
It was great to see them busy...

making a place for a cat

Within two hours my students came out with LOTS of brilliant ideas...
One student made a home for fish and a jelly fish

Another made a home just for a jelly fish
One girl in my classroom loves birds very much, so she made a home for a bird. She also put some rice into an egg box and she thought that her bird would need some water and she cut apiece of blue fabric to show water.
One boy decided to make a kitten by using play dough and a photo of a real cat.
a habitat for a whale shark
a savana for a giraffe
a home for a dog...

this rabbit has a place to live! And he has a carrot to eat!
Great Job, Starfish!

Portrait: Look and see how I have changed

For our Portfolio, we ask our students to make their portraits at the beginning of the year in October and at the end of the year in May. We put them next to each other, so parents can feel the difference.