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When Dora Moore teachers were first told they would be serving breakfast in the classroom....well...they (myself included) kind of freaked out. One reason we were concerned was loss of instructional time. We were also concerned about little critters. DPS is currently serving Breakfast After the Bell to 87 schools.
It was a learning experience in the beginning, and everyday brings about a new challenge. I am grateful for the program, because I am not hearing "I'm hungry", like I used to before this program. I do have a few complaints, and they have been heard. Also, I rarely have students falling asleep in class! This is a huge plus! I do not have data on the effects it has made in academic achievement. But working in an urban school and knowing my students have food in their belly is comforting.
The Bad and The Ugly
One day, I decided to count the grams of sugar that the students were taking into their bodies. IF, a child that particular day had breakfast with juice and/or sugar coated raisins and school lunch with chocolate milk, a frozen dessert and fresh fruit (not including afternoon snack and what happens at home), their total sugar intake for the day would have been over 100g (25 teaspoons)! By the end of the day, I was exhausted and many of the students were a bit cranky. But let me be clear, this DOES NOT happen daily! The students are served a variety of foods for breakfast through the week. And I am grateful for the Kaiser programs that have come in to teach DPS children the importance of nutrition, exercise, water intake and media time.
So what does sugar do to your child's body?
So...families...please help ME, educate your CHILD on making HEALTHY CHOICES.
Sometimes, managing a classroom of 24 six and seven year old students is a lot like herding cats.
This year, I introduced the Relaxation Station. Students can ask to go- during independent time. Or, if I know a student needs it, I will send them there. In the Relaxation Station, I have Play-doh, squishy balls, stretch bands, fabrics with different textures, etc. This year, it is proving to be very helpful for my students.
The last item on the infographic is Expect. My expectations are held high for every student, and they all know that.
Each month, 1st graders get a chance to read with 6th graders. This month, 1st graders got to see a 6th grade classroom and ask questions before reading! They learned a lot about International Town (a recent field trip for the older students).
Not sure what to do with your child over spring break? Check out these sites for some ideas! Take pictures! I will be sure to post them on this blog!
Five things that happened in Ms. Feinman's class this week.
Today the students were given a pretest to determine which spelling group they would be in. Then they practiced their words, by writing them on a white board. Some students had fun testing themselves with the words. Remember, your student can go to www.spellingcity.com to practice their words!
Today we wrote a friendly letter to Jayden, to practice the parts of a friendly letter.
Share one sentence from your letter.
You can give feedback to someone else's comment.
"I like how ______ used ______."
I like how Ms. Feinman used a period at the end of her sentence.
To help students better understand what they are learning, why they are learning it, and what connections they can make, I have implemented the Light Bulb Idea.
This picture is a sample of how the class used it for math. Students should always know what they are learning and why, or how it connects to the bigger idea. I have explained to students, they if they do not understand- they need to ask!!!
Students were given a spelling test today. Based on their performance, they are either in Group 1, Group 2, or Group 2 Challenge words. You can find this information on the homework calendar.
Please go to www.spellingcity.com and search for Feinman. You will find the same words from last week, are the words for this week.
A reading log was also sent home. Please make sure your child reads for 20 minutes everyday. The reading log is due next Monday.