Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pilgrim Day! #resvt #cesuvt

November 21, 1620 the Pilgrims finally landed in Cape Cod! On Friday, November 21, 2014, second grade students participated in a Pilgrim day at RES! Students participated in Pilgrim cooking which consisted of: apple sauce, corn muffins, and butter. Classes also rotated through three Pilgrim stations: stenciling, Pilgrim games, and a Colonial school room. Our classes were transformed to colonial times where electricity was not yet invented, scholars regarded their teachers as "Madam", and second graders were asked to "toe the line". This was a great way to end our "Founding Families" social studies unit where history came alive! Please take a look at the "Pilgrim Day video" for live action scenes and the pictures below! Happy Thanksgiving!

Pilgrim Day Video

Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrate! Celebrate! #resvt

Students in Ms. Darling's class have been working hard on raising their hands when they have questions or comments. Today, to celebrate our success and continuation of practicing we celebrated with ice cream and hot cocoa! In their own words: "Yummy! Delicious! Yummy in my tummy! This is so good!" Way to go second grade scholars!

Fastt Math Tips #resvt #cesuvt

Here are some Fastt Math tips to better support your scholar at home or understand the math program a little better!

1) Students should ALWAYS click the "QUIT & EXIT" button within the game console when they are done with their session. They should never click the red 'x' in the top right corner to exit the program. When students do this, it doesn't always save their user data from the lessons they just completed and doesn't "log" the session.

2) If a student quits the lesson before playing a game they will be asked to redo the lesson. The first portion of the lesson is learning the focus facts. The game portion of the lesson is "practicing" the new facts integrated with prior facts learned (for review, retainment). 

3) If a student takes longer than 15 minutes on a single lesson, the program assumes the student was highly distracted during the lesson and will ask them to repeat it. This is built in so that students won't play with the TV in the background or chat with a neighbor while playing. It's meant to be quick and focused. 

Thank you Christian Courtemanche for these helpful tips!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shelburne Farms Field Trip #resvt

On Tuesday, second graders travelled back in time to the 1800's with help from the staff at Shelburne Farms! In connection with our "Founding Families" unit, students saw a skit where two different bedrooms were described. One bedroom was from the present times, while the other bedroom was from the 1800's. Students also participated in candle making, carting wool, making butter, grinding corn, and helping with the daily farm animal chores. This field trip made Pilgrim lives more realistic to our second graders! Thank you to all the chaperones and excellent staff at Shelburne Farms for helping our day run smoothly!