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April Showers (not snow showers!) Should Bring May Flowers.

 

April is “National Poetry Month”.  At school, we will celebrate it by participating in “Poem in Your Pocket”, reading, and writing different types of poetry.  Here are 10 ways to celebrate “National Poetry Month”:

 

1. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.

2. Memorize a poem.

3. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.

4. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.

5. Start a poetry reading group.

6. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.

7. Read about poems titled “poem.”

8. Watch a poetry movie

9. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day today! The idea is simple: select poems you

    love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.

10. Read a poetry book from the library.

 

We all are very excited for Spring Break!  I wish everyone a relaxing, fun-filled vacation!  See you on April 30th.

 

Miss Miller

Special Educator




Happy Spring!

 

During March, the Grades 3-8 students participated in the New Hampshire SAS testing for Math, Reading, and Writing.  The majority of the students worked diligently for over an hour.  Great job!

 

My Grades 1-3 students in ELA are continuing to learn/increase their knowledge of CVC words, Trick words, and Words of the Day, as well as literacy elements such as story characters, setting, and main events.  They are also working hard!  Keep expanding your minds!

 

My Grade 5 Math students are being introduced to the concept of dividing decimals; using logical reasoning to the location of the decimal in the quotient.  My Grades 5-8 ELA students are still reading their chapter books, The Westing Game and The Golden Goblet, and discussing new vocabulary and chapter events.  What great books!  They are also learning how to “respectfully” edit their classmates’ informational essays with Sue Bergman and classroom teachers.  Lastly, my Grades 6-8 Math students are learning new skills with innovative projects involving newly-acquired skills.  The students and I always enjoy the projects!

 

The students have worked very busily this month and are looking forward to Spring Break in a few weeks (so aren’t the teachers). Quarter 3 ends April 6th.

 

Miss Miller

Special Educator

 


What?! Where did the month of February go?  Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! Our winter vacation is almost here!   When we get back, it will already be March! There are a lot of activities happening in March.  Check out the upcoming events on the website or school.

My students have been working hard.  The Grades 2 and 3 students in ELA are learning new CVC words, Trick words, and Words of the Day, in which they need to read, spell, and write in words and sentences with correct punctuation.  My Grade 5 Math students are learning to multiply decimals in various positions.  In the Upper Grades, the Grades 5-8 ELA students have passed in their Informational Essay Rough Drafts and the Grades 6-8 Math students have also passed in and presented their assigned projects.  I’m proud of my students who put forth much time and effort into their projects and daily work.  Keep it up! 

Hope everyone has a great, restful vacation!  Go outside and play safely or stay inside and read some good books!  Whatever you do, have fun!  Enjoy!

Miss Miller

Special Educator



January

During January, my Grades 1-4 ELA students have been reviewing all letters, sounds, keywords, digraphs, “tapping” letter sounds to make CVC words, and learning (reviewing) Trick words and Words of the Day in the Fundations Program  They have also been spelling these new words.  What a nice job they’re doing!  Making steady progress every day!

My Grades 5-8 ELA students are reading 2 Chapter books:  The Westing Game and The Golden Goblet, learning new vocabulary, and answering comprehension questions in complete sentences while completing Spelling assignments. Both groups have been assigned an Informational/Biographical essay on a famous living African-American and a US President.  They’re keeping very busy!

My Grades 6-8 Math students are learning new skills and concepts as well as completing projects such as “Building a Zoo” and “College courses based on their Careers”.  I think I’m having as much or more fun than they are!

My Special Education para-professionals and I have been taking a CPI (Nonviolent Crisis Intervention) course for several more afternoons to help us de-escalate and minimize potential harm of disruptive and aggressive behaviors of any possible “troubled” students.  Very helpful!

Upcoming Events: 2/6    100th Day

                              2/7    Early Release

                              2/14  Valentine’s Day

                              2/19  Presidents’ Day-No School

                              2-26-3/2 Vacation

 

Valentine’s Day Joke:  What do squirrels give for Valentine’s Day?

                                    Forget-me-nuts!

          



January 2018

 

Hope everyone had a restful Winter Break and is ready to work!

 

During the rest of Quarter 2, my ELA students in Grades 1-3 will continue building/increasing their word knowledge by learning/spelling CVC words, Trick words, and Words of the day from the Fundations Reading program.  My Grade 5 students will increase their knowledge of division of multi digit numbers by 1 digit divisors, with help of multiplication charts, and “Steps Sheet”, when needed.

 

In the upper grades, the Grades 5-8 ELA students are finishing their RAFT projects.  They are required to pick from a choice of 3: Role, Audience, Format, Topic, research the information using textbooks, reference books, internet, or other resources, and write a 3-5 paragraph including proper paragraph format, 6+ vivid verbs with comparatives, and correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. The students and teachers are enjoying this!  The Grades 5-8 Math students are working on their own projects, games, and “cool” worksheets involving real life situations.  I am really enjoying helping my Grade 8 students with their “Own Business” project, involving many skill areas of Math.

 

Remember:  January 15th is Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.  He would be 89 years old.  He was best known for his nonviolent protests for equal rights for all.

 

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”  MLK Jr.

 

Stay warm,

Miss Miller

 
 

Welcome back from Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone enjoyed “Turkey Day” with family and friends.  Christmas is coming in about one month!

During the first part of Quarter 2, my Grades 1-3 ELA students continue to learn letters, keywords, and sounds, and writing of those letters, reading and writing of Trick Words, reading short passages and identifying characters, settings, and main events, and practicing weekly Spelling words.  My Grades 5-8 Math students are learning many skill areas in the regular classroom with my assistance such as adding, subtracting decimals and starting to multiply decimals, working on special projects involving learned concepts, and skill areas such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, square roots, and other algebraic expressions. My Grades 5-8 ELA students in the regular classroom are continuing to work on Spelling, Grammar/Writing, and reading Chapter books with my assistance.  The Grades 7 & 8 students are just starting “The Golden Goblet”.  A lot of learning to be acquired before Winter Break!

Here are some fun activities to keep your children engaged during winter break:

Cold Weather Outdoor

·         Go ice skating.

·         Go sledding.

·         Learn how to downhill ski or go cross-country skiing.

·         Build a snowman.

·         Build a snow fort.

·         Have a snowball fight.

·         Go on a winter hike.

·         Go ice fishing.

·         Go snow tubing.

 

Have fun,

Miss Miller

 
 
  
 
Grades close for Quarter 1 on November 3rd.  Report cards will go out on Thursday, 11/9 since there is no school on Friday the 10th.
 

In the Resource Room, my students have been busy learning many new skills and concepts.  Students in Grades 1-4 have been learning /writing letters-keywords-sounds and trick words, reading stories with fluency and their characters, setting, and main events.  My ELA students in Grades 5-8 have been reading different chapter books, learning to recognize grammar skill areas such as nouns/subjects, predicates and started pronouns, and learning to write spelling words with different patterns.  My Math students in Grades 5-8 in the regular classroom have been learning decimals to the hundredths, rounding/estimating decimals, working on projects (Dream House, Dream Vacation, Career/Budgeting) and algebraic areas.  It’s fun helping my students with their projects!  Exciting work happening!  Keep learning!

Meg Miller

Special Education



Wow!  I can't believe that we have been at school for a month!  Back to the regular routines: classwork, homework assignments, and weekly Spelling tests.

If you're like most parents, you spend a lot of time having your child recite their words out loud to make sure they know them. What students really need is how to write, recognize, and define their spelling words.  Here's a few new ways to practice spelling that are less like a Spelling Bee and more like spelling should be:

1. Create a set of flashcards. Have your child write their spelling word in pencil on one side an index card. They can trace the word in pen or marker to reinforce knowing the letters and shape the word makes when it’s spelled correctly. Read the word, turn the card over, write it again and flip to check her accuracy.

2. Create a second set of flashcards with the definition of the word on it. If possible, use a different color index card then the first set. You can read or show them the definition and they can tell you the word that goes with it. Flip the card over and write the correct spelling word on the back. Test themselves by writing the words on a separate piece of paper as they look at the card.

3. Use both sets of flashcards to play Spelling Memory. Arrange the flashcards in rows, face down on the table. Each player takes a turn to pick up a two cards, one of each color. If the word and definition match, the player keeps the cards. If not, she puts them back in the same place and it’s the next player’s turn. The players will have to remember the position of the cards in order to match them up. When all the cards are gone, the player with the most matches wins.

4. Use alphabet magnets or Scrabble tiles to spell out each word.

5. Write the word list on a piece of construction paper. Then cut the words apart into strips. Then, cut those words into letters and have them reconstruct the list.

6. Write sentences for each word. Make sure your child is using it in context to show that they understand the definition and part of speech of their spelling words.

7. Type their spelling words on the computer. This will help to reinforce how to spell each words and help them recognize what the words will look like in a book or other reading material.

8. Write or type a story using all of their spelling words. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, but it should show that they know how to spell and use each word properly.

9.  Use the Spelling City website.  Parents can register for the free version  and input your child’s spelling word lists. Your child can then play games and activities or take practice tests on the site.

10. Use Discovery Education’s puzzlemaker tool. You can create word searches using your child’s spelling words.

11.  Alphabetize the word list. This can be done either by writing them in alphabetical order or by using the flashcards.

12.  Sit down with your child, two pencils and a piece of paper. Tell them the spelling word you’ll be practicing and write the first letter of the word. Pass the paper to them so they can add the next letter. You add the letter after that, repeating until the word is spelled. You can do this with all of their words and up the ante by having them write the next two or three letters before passing the paper back to you.  

13. Create Mad Libs only using the spelling words. You can either buy Mad Libs books for just this purpose or find them online at Wacky Web Tales.

14. Let your child play with her food. They can use a fork to trace their spelling words in their mashed potatoes or spell them out with alphabet cereal.

15.  Use old magazines or newspapers to find spelling words and cut them out.
Hope you and your child enjoy doing some of these Spelling tips.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school at 246-7082 or email at mmiller@scs.sau7.org

Meg Miller, Special Educator

 
September 2017
 
Welcome Back, Students and Parents!
 
This year, I will be continuing to service Kindergarten through Grade 8 students with Special Needs in their deficit areas such as ELA, Math, and Early Intervention in my Resource Room, as well as in the regular classroom for Grades 5-8. I will also be incorporating Responsive Classroom and Growth Mindset language into my curriculum as much as possible.
 
We all know that homework is a difficult issue for most children with learning challenges and their families.  They can spend an inordinate amount of time completing their assignments, frequently double or triple the time it takes a more typically developing student.  Since kids with learning challenges work so hard at school and life, they need time to recoup and recharge their batteries.
 
 The following suggestions are constructive ways parents can help their child complete their work in a timely way:
  • Accept reality.  Children with learning challenges will probably always need to spend more time on homework than other children.
  • Work with the school to make sure your child is doing enough homework to receive practice they need to consolidate their skills and understanding.
  • Since your goal is to encourage your child to become an independent and autonomous learner, supply the kind of help that encourages them to realize their goal.  Be available for questions, verbal clarifications, and explanations.  Help your child start on an assignment and then let them complete the next portion of the assignment independently.
  • Children with learning challenges over-rely on previously learned material when they are asked to learn something new.  Ask them to summarize the previous events before they tackle a new part. Ask them leading questions to help them connect what they know with new information.
  • Curb their tendency to perfectionism while still encouraging a pride in their work and learning. Help them realize the main point of the assignment and encourage them to channel their energy into "the big picture" and not every detail.
  • Help them construct drawings, charts, and diagrams.  They can tell you what to draw so you are not doing their work for them.  Encourage them to use the computer to construct visual representations.
  • Take an interest in what they are reading.  Continue to read to them even after they are proficient at this skill. Discuss the ideas and characters contained in the works.
  • Help them develop a system of organization so they can locate papers and books. One system employs a series of different colored folders, each used to hold a different subject (Math homework in the red folder, etc.) Have the child write the name of the subject on each folder.  Try to keep an extra set of textbooks at home. [Taken from "Helping Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities to Flourish"]

Hopefully these suggestions help your child become an independent and autonomous learner.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school at 246-7082 or email at mmiller@scs.sau7.org.  Have a great start of the year!

Meg Miller, Special Educator

 

"There is no substitute for hard work."  Thomas Edison