HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  We were off to a slow start in 2022 with a snow day and a late start but now we are back to our school routine.  Here’s an update on where we are at in Room 211: Literacy:  The latest book we’ve been reading is called Winter.  It’s been a great way to reinforce vocabulary as well as practice expanding our sentences.  The book reads “The sled” and an example of how we expand our sentences include saying,...

Before we say goodbye to 2021, here’s a brief update on what’s been going on in Room 211: Literacy:  We’ve been reading the books you’ve been seeing sent home in your child’s folder – Time for Eggs, White, Sundae Time, etc.  These books have helped to increase language and vocabulary.  While reading the books, we’ve been looking for letters, listening for sounds, and using the pictures to help read unknown words.  Other skills being targeted include reading sight words, sequencing and...

Here’s an update on what’s happening in Room 211: Reading – To go along with our Fall on the Farm theme, we’ve been reading Baby Animals as well as working on blending -at words like cat and mat.  I’ve sent extra readers home with everyone to practice tracking, turning pages and expanding vocabulary with the supportive pictures.  Please read and reread the books with your child as this supports cognitive and language development! Math – We’ve been learning that objects that match...

Hello, Room 211 Families!  🙂 I’m reaching out with two specific pieces of information:    A message from the Special Services department regarding COVID-19 vaccines.    Important dates   A message from Special Services regarding COVID-19 Vaccines:  Dear Parents:    If you were unable to secure an appointment for your student to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Special Services has secured sufficient vaccines for all students in LRC-II grades K-6, ages 5-11.  If you have already secured an appointment, please keep your original appointment!  If you do not have an appointment, we...

Hello Room 211 Families! With Halloween right around the corner, we’re ready for both tricks and treats!  We’ve been having a great time practicing trick-or treating in Motor Language Group and will soon be carving a pumpkin and exploring all the different parts! We’ve been adding pumpkins to our math activities.  Each family received a printed copy of Maria Counts Pumpkins to read at home.  We practiced our looking and listening skills as well as counting with 1:1 correspondence.  We also practiced...

Hello, all! Great things are happening in Room 211!  Here’s the latest: We started our literacy curriculum last week.  Students are learning the lesson format as we introduce oral exercises that require listening and repeating sounds.  There is also a language component where we work to increase vocabulary and label pictures using complete sentences.  To support what is happening in the classroom, please take time to read to your child each day, even if just for a few minutes.  It’s helpful to...

School is in full swing and friendships are starting to bloom!  Now that we have settled a bit more into our school routine and have become more familiar with our friends at school, we are slowly starting to introduce teach times, increase our demands (the things we ask students to do) and have students work for breaks/preferred items. The work you see coming home has targeted a lot of pre-academic skills and receptive language skills.  We have worked on new vocabulary,...

Hello Room 211 families! This week has provided many opportunities to build our classroom community and I’m looking forward to our first full week for even more fun!  We have been reading a social story called Being Kind and have tackled our first comprehension question of the year: What do you like to do with your friends?  With visual support, each student selected an answer of playing on the playground, eating at the same lunch table, or playing in our classroom. ...

What a great start it’s been to the school year!  Thank you ALL for helping to make the transition back to school so seemingly effortless.  As we all settle into the classroom, so will our schedule.  Right now, things are a bit fluid as we rely on trial and error to figure out what works best for each student.  This is all part of the process.  For the first few weeks of school, our focus is on building relationships and...

  Dear Room 211 families, Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Challenger Elementary! I am very excited to welcome everyone to our new classroom, Room 211!  My name is Jaime Mallamo and I will be one of your child’s teachers this school year.  School starts next week, and everyone is hard at work preparing for a great year ahead.  I want to share the following information in preparation for next week: Meet the Teacher is scheduled for Monday, August 30th from 10:00am – 11:00am.  Our class will be meeting on the patio outside...