Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Our First Ideas

We have learning buddies in the Monster Minds. Today we made a Y chart so we could think about what we would see, feel and hear when we are working with our learning buddies. Here are our first ideas. I wonder if you have anymore ideas for us?

Monday, 28 May 2012

'at' Word Family

Today we thought about the 'at' word family. Here are all of the words we thought of. Can you think of anymore?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Listening List

The monster minds are learning to be good listeners.
Here are some of our ideas...
Kate- You have to face your buddy's face.
Halle- You have to listen to the person who is talking and if you have something to say you wait until they are finished.
Jamie- Don't talk to anyone else when you are listening to your buddy.
Chase- You are talking only to your buddy.
Kate- We keep our hands to ourselves. Putting them on your knees is a good idea.

It is really important to be a good listener. Can you think of any other ideas so that we can be good listeners?

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

More FM Junior Joker




More FM are coming to Russell Street on Tuesday!  They are looking for the best "Junior Jokers" in Palmerston North.

Do you have a funny joke that you could share in front of the whole school?  It would be great if you could practise it between now and Monday.  We will choose the funniest joke from our class on Monday and then the best joker will share their joke to the whole school on Tueday.

Wow!!  Fun!!



Monday, 14 May 2012

Maths with the Monster Minds

Edward - We had maths mission. We were drawing spots on the tens frames to make numbers.
Jayden - When I played on the ipods, I played Park Maths. I shared with Eva. 
Logan - In Park Maths, we play games. We feed the hippo but only the food that he can eat.
Susie - When we play Park Maths we have to count how much food the animal can eat. 
Chase - I glued the numbers on. The numbers had to match on the fingers and on the tens frames.
Jamie - We were learning about take away with Susie. Like if you have 10 and you take away 6 then you're left with 4.



Friday, 11 May 2012

Balancing with Susie and the Cat in the Hat

Today we read The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss.
The naughty cat balances lots of things on his body and he balances on a ball.
WE decided to try balancing, too. Susie had lots of things for us to try to balance.
Would you like to see what we did? It's a Balancing Act! on PhotoPeach

Here are some of our ideas about all the balancing we did:

Anika- We tried balancing books on our heads so they wouldn't fall off
Halle- We balanced spoons on our hands, using one finger or two and Carolyn helped us
Quentin- With the blocks I made a big big tall tower, and then I pushed it down
Chase- I put one penguin on top of another
Eva- The tower kept falling down when it got heavier
Quentin- I didn't put the ball on the bottom because then it would fall down
Hannah- I stacked the blocks up.
Emma- Balancing the ball on the cone was hardest
Fyfe- The blocks were hard for me but I made another one and it didn't fall down
Aria and Kreashyn- The penguins were hard to balance because they kept falling down. We put the big one on the bottom.
Troy- The blocks fell down when I stacked then straight up but I made a strong castle.

We had to do it carefully and not be messy.

Great thinking, Monster Minds!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

I am the Lorax

Congratulations, Monster Minds! You created some fabulous art work! I like the way you added such bold colour and worked very hard to fill all the white spaces. Your cabbage trees have so much detail, with pattern and colour to make them interesting. Great work. Carolyn

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Big John's Tennis

Today we went to go to tennis with Big John. We learnt how to do things with the ball and racket.

Here we are doing the racetrack...


Here we are doing the trampoline...


Here is Big John.  Wow - he is clever!

Here we are playing ants...

Monster Maths

 In maths time, we were learning to take away on the tens frames.



If you got one number then another that matched then you got another turn.
We are learning to recognise our numbers.




We learnt about equals and plus signs. We were adding numbers to ten.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Reading Express

Quentin thought of that cool idea for the title of this post!!  Thanks Quentin!!

Do you know what to do when you get to a tricky word at reading time?  We do!!

Emma - "If it is a K it would be k for Kate."
Logan - "She is getting her mouth ready for the first sound."
Kreashyn - "Go back to the beginning and do it again."
Fyfe - "You need to look at the picture."
"You need to make sure your reading makes sense."

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Our Student Teacher


Kia ora Monster Minds and Families!

My name is Susan Macdonald, and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) Student. I will be working in Room Four along side Elly for four weeks.

I am really excited to be a part of this fabulous class! I have already visited twice last week and had a wonderful time. Seeing the “Lorax” was great fun and I can’t wait to explore it in class as part of the theme.

I feel very lucky to be working with such a great bunch of children. See what we get up to on the blog: http://rssmonsterminds.blogspot.co.nz/

I would love to get to know the whanau/parents of the awesome children in Room Four so if you see me come and say hello.

Kind Regards,
Susie