Lisa L. Laughlin
Teacher/Kindergarten

laughlll@pwcs.edu
703-590-0344

About our Class: We are enjoying learning and playing together.

 

 


Our Weekly Schedule:

Our *Class Zoom Schedule* -  Monday - Thursday at 9 a.m.

Monday: Science 

Tuesday: Language Arts 

Wednesday: Math

Thursday: Social Studies 

Friday 9 a.m.  No Class Meeting. The children have PE at 9.am. Click this link Specialist Activity Page for P.E. and all of the other Encore classes.

If you miss a Zoom class, they can be viewed in a student paced lesson by clicking this link: Student Paced Zoom Lessons

Encore Classes: 10:00 a.m.  Monday- Friday

Encore is at 10 a.m. each day. The schedule is:

Monday: Art
Tuesday: PE
Wednesday: Music
Thursday: Guidance
 Friday: Library

 Please click this link Specialist Activity Page to go to the Specialist Activity Page.

Office Hours-
I am available for Zoom office hours Monday- Friday at 11 a.m. If you would like to discuss something that can not be communicated through email or text, you are welcome to contact me to set up a meeting. This is not a mandatory meeting and will only be held on an as- needed basis. Feel free to continue to contact me via email and text as needed.

     Raz Kids Challenge

         Watch us read!

Week

Listened to

Read

Quizzes

Total Time

April 21-24

205 books

120 books

218

25hrs 48 min

April 27-30   238 books  209 books  260  28hrs 16 min
 May 1-8  210 books 237 books   372 33 hrs 10 min 
May 9-15 201 books
162 books 257 28 hrs 49 min

211 books

151 books

223

23 hours 16 min

May 23-29

118 books

107 books

169

20 hours 23 min


Class Update 4/21/2020

**Our Zoom Schedule for April 22- 24-   9 a.m.

Monday: Science - Plants

Tuesday: Language Arts – Fairy Tales

Wednesday: Math- Number Bonds

Thursday: Social Studies – Citizenship

Friday: PE

Encore is at 10 a.m. each day. The schedule is: Monday: Art, Tuesday: PE, Wednesday: Music, Thursday: Guidance, and Friday: Library. Please see the Specialist Activity tab on this page for more information.

Weekly Communication

We are in the middle of our second week of Zoom meetings. It is wonderful to see the children each day. Thank you for making our meetings a priority. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  1. Please ensure that students attend our Zoom meetings at 9 a.m. You received an email with the meeting id and password. Note that the code and password are the same each day until April 30th. On May 1, a new meeting id and password will be sent.
  2. Supporting documents for Zoom meetings can be found under the tab, “Fun Things to Do” and then “Nearpods.” Each lesson will be posted there with the necessary codes for your child to revisit the lesson.
  3. It is very important that students are reading every day. Please ensure your child is logging on Raz- Kids, reading books, and taking the tests at the end of the selection. This provides good information about their reading strengths and areas for support. I can share this information with you during our contact calls. Please remember our Raz-Kids challenge goes until Friday morning. Top readers will receive a virtual pizza via email.
  4. Please refer to the tab on this page “Daily Optional Schedule.” The supporting language arts materials are under the tab “Daily Optional Schedule.” Math resources can be found on the Math tab. Both include games and activities.

Office Hours- I will be available for Zoom office hours Monday- Friday at 11 a.m. If you would like to discuss something that can not be communicated through email or text, you are welcome to contact me to set up a meeting. This is not a mandatory meeting and will only be held on an as- needed basis. Feel free to continue to contact me via email and text as needed. The pictures you send of students working at home make me smile every time!

Mrs. Laughlin

 

 

 

March 14, 2020

Parents.... During our time away from Penn, I will continue to provide resources to help your child learn and grow academically. If you have not already responded to my email, please do. I will be sending out materials to you.  To my students- During this time when we cannot physically be together, know that you are loved and missed. I hope you will enjoy the activities I send. Keep reading and working hard!


March 15, 2020

Parents.... Please click on "Files and Documents" on the left side of this page. You will find the Penn Elementary Student Program, Logins, and Passwords document. Within each program, there are a wealth of activities for students. I would recommend that you explore these with your child. Thank you for supporting learning at home! I look forward to hearing about your child's favorites! As always, you are welcome to email or text me. Remember, my number is on the last page of your child's folder on the "Contacts" page.

Also, I have been asked to let you know that students can now reset their passwords from outside the network by clicking on Password Self-Service from the Information Technology Department PWCS web page. Students will be prompted for their username, student number/ID and date of birth to reset their passwords. 


March 16- 20 2020

This week, were we at school, our focus would be:

Language Arts- Students will identify, say, segment, and blend various units of speech. They will compose, match illustrations to print, and express feelings and ideas through writing. Learners should practice writing their first and last name without looking at a model.

Math- We will count by 10's to 100. Students will review comparing and ordering up to three sets of objects. They should review ordering them from least to greatest and greatest to least. Learners should use their math vocabulary to define greatest, least, and equal (same). 

Science- Our focus will continue to be living and non living things. We will explore the characteristics of living things and the stages of growth in humans.

Parents have been sent an email with activities to address the learning objectives for this week. Students activities have been posted to this website under "files." The following information was outlined:

Parents,

I am attaching several activities for tomorrow. This is new to all of us. My thoughts are that you might like to have more activities than we would generally use in class. Please provide your feed back about the amount of activities sent and the time needed to complete. Also, please let me know if you have questions.

My plan is to give a brief description of each activity. I will let you know what is to be done and what support they may need to complete each.

For March 16th....

  1. My Bug Box- I sent the directions to you. This game will practice all of our Kindergarten sight words. I think they will really like this! Please make sure they write the word on their recording sheet if they read it correctly. This will reinforce learning. Save this game.
  2. Ending/Final Sound- Say a word from the word list and ask them for the ending/final sound. You can also ask them to segment the word and they will say each sound and then repeat the word. Just do 5 or 6 of these. Save this and use another day.
  3. Dab It- Have your child read a word and locate the word's matching picture. Those two circles are colored a color of your child's choice and then not used again. At school, we use dabbers, but crayons will work just fine.
  4. We have just begun opinion writing. Students are encouraged to express their opinion about a given topic. In this writing, they will tell which candy is their favorite. Students should tell why they like that candy by using the word "because" - Example- I like Hot Tamales because they are spicy and chewy. They make my mouth hot. Hot Tamales are my favorite color. Please ensure that their writing matches the picture they draw. This writing is about candy so we should not see a picture of them fishing with grandpa.  Remember, they should use their knowledge of letters and sounds to write this. Please do not spell for them!
  5. We have practiced counting by 10's for some time. Most students have mastered this. In the activity "Humpty Dumpty," please print the game board and cards. The directions for the game are on the game board. This game focuses on 10- 100 on the first page of cards. The second and third page of cards asks learners to supply what comes next for random
    numbers such as 28, 44, 9. They will need help with this. Save this game for another day.
Please review this work and provide feedback to your child. It is not necessary to return these to school when we go back. i would love to get pics of them playing these games!

Let me know if you have questions.

Be well,
Mrs. Laughlin


March 16, 2020

Parents... Please note that a directive from the Governor says that no work for students will be assigned this week. As I outlined, the activities that were previously sent to you are not expected to be returned when school resumes. The activities can be used to enhance learning at home and give students some fun activities to do.... should you decide to use them. It is your choice. Please continue to check this web page for additional information. I will pass it along to you as I get it.

On another note, Comcast is offering free internet for low income families for the next 60 days. This is for families who have children at home due to school closures. Pass this along to whomever might could use the information. 


March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I am posting a few activities that I thought might be enjoyed. The Pete the Cat activity is time sensitive- 12pm (noon) today. 

March 17th at 12pm EDT- James Dean (Pete the Cat) will hold a live story time…. See you there, cats and kitten!

https://www.facebook.com/PetetheCatOfficial/photos/a.471852786169156/2970582919629451/?type=3

 12 Famous Museums off virtual tours you can take at home.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

 
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) Mo Williams invites you into his studio every day for his Lunch Doodle. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo….

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

 A free literacy site where actors read to children

https://www.storylineonline.net/

 The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting “Home Safari” live each weekday at 3pm ET. They will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity to do at home. Watch live on Facebook or see the video on The Cincinnati Zoo site below. For more ways to view, click the link.

http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/

 

March 19, 2020

Happy Thrilling Thursday to you! I am posting a few more websites for you to enjoy. Text me and let me know which you viewed and your child's thoughts. I'd also love getting pics.... I'm missing my students!

We did have several children log into the Pete the Cat live story time. You can still see this is you go to Instagram Live. I went to the link above (Post on March 17th) and "Liked" petethecatoffical. A circle then popped up at the top of my Instagram page on my phone. It has an arrow indicating it is a video. You can see the story time in its entirety.

Here are a few more....

Walt Disney Imagineering in a Box- It is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience and is a part of Disney's commitment to helping today's youth create the future they imagine. The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills- from story development and design, to math, physics, and engineering- to create immersive experiences. 


https://allears.net/2020/03/18/study-the-art-of-imagineering-with-disneys-free-imagineering-in-a-box/

Free virtual field trips let students visit places around the world. These include states within the United States, other countries, and even other planets.  There are tours to Buckingham Palace, farms, zoos, The Louvre Museum, Mars.... just barely scratching the surface. Lots to see and do!

https://freedomhomeschooling.com/virtual-field-trips/

This link provides additional links to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, live nature cams, Elmwood Park Zoo, The Smithsonian National Zoo, Houston Zoo, live streams from South African sunrise/sunsets, The Georgia Aquarium, The San Diego Zoo, and The National Aquarium. Lots of resources to enjoy!

https://wdef.com/2020/03/18/zoos-live-streaming-animals-ease-coronavirus-isolation/

Enjoy your day and I hope you will get a chance to view some of these. As always, email or text me with any questions. I would like to get an idea of how many of my parents and students  I am reaching with this website. Please let me know if you have seen this. Thanks!

Nearpod link....

Parents,

I am creating lessons in a platform called Nearpod. Please put in the link below or go to Nearpod.com  Please put in the following code for this lesson RVUSM. Each lesson with have their own specific code. I need to know if it is interactive.... can your child draw his/her answer. Please let me know. Thanks!

https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/1ZwZfc92Mu

March 25, 2020
Hi Everyone!

Thank you for checking in here to look for new updates. Please do so often :)

I have posted a file of the language arts skills we worked on throughout the year and have given you activities to review and reinforce those skills and have fun, too! You can access this under files. It is named "HomeLATaught2." Math will follow shortly. Look for it in files, too. 

I am enjoying getting your texts with pictures of students doing all kinds of fun, creative learning activities. Thank you for sharing those with me! 

As always, I am one text or email away... Take care of you and yours,
Mrs. Laughlin

March 25, 2020

I am posting the email that parents received this evening. 

Hi Everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well.
I wanted to give you some updates of things that have been accomplished. If you visit the Penn website, you can find  under the "Files and Documents" tab, that I have added two more documents. The first one is titled "HomeLAtaught2." In this, you will see the skills in language arts that have been taught. You will also find links to practice those skills. Math has also been added under "Files and Documents." The tab for it is titled "Kindergarten Math Activities 1." Again, there  are resources for reviewing the skills that have been taught.
In addition, I created an area called "Keeping in Touch with Pictures and Notes." It is a place where your child can send hello messages and those of good cheer to their classmates. I imagine they are missing their school friends. You can email me a pic of your child's greeting and I will post it to the banner under that tab. The message area is small.... about the size of a small index card. They will need to save room to write their name at the bottom so their friends will know who sent the message. This will be a great way to use our writing skills! Please note the greeting should be to the entire class and not to individual children. Just a FYI... when you interact with the banner, you may have to click to make it advance. I have posted a message to the children for them to see.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support learning at home. I am available to you to answer your questions.
Take Care,
Mrs. Laughlin

Class Update 4/21/2020

**Our Zoom Schedule for April 22- 24-   9 a.m.

Monday: Science - Plants

Tuesday: Language Arts – Fairy Tales

Wednesday: Math- Number Bonds

Thursday: Social Studies – Citizenship

Friday: PE

Encore is at 10 a.m. each day. The schedule is: Monday: Art, Tuesday: PE, Wednesday: Music, Thursday: Guidance, and Friday: Library. Please see the Specialist Activity tab on this web site for more information.

Weekly Communication

We are in the middle of our second week of Zoom meetings. It is wonderful to see the children each day. Thank you for making our meetings a priority. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  1. Please ensure that students attend our Zoom meetings at 9 a.m. You received an email with the meeting id and password. Note that the code and password are the same each day until April 30th. On May 1, a new meeting id and password will be sent.
  2. Supporting documents for Zoom meetings can be found under the tab, “Fun Things to Do” and then “Nearpods.” Each lesson will be posted there with the necessary codes for your child to revisit the lesson.
  3. It is very important that students are reading every day. Please ensure your Kindergarten child is logging on Raz- Kids, reading books, and taking the tests at the end of the selection. This provides good information about their reading strengths and areas for support. I can share this information with you during our contact calls. Please remember our Raz-Kids challenge goes until Friday morning. Top readers will receive a virtual pizza via email.
  4. Please refer to the tab on this page “Daily Optional Schedule.” The supporting language arts materials are under the tab “Daily Optional Schedule.” Math resources can be found on the Math tab. Both include games and activities.

Office Hours- I will be available for Zoom office hours Monday- Friday at 11 a.m. If you would like to discuss something that can not be communicated through email or text, you are welcome to contact me to set up a meeting. This is not a mandatory meeting and will only be held on an as- needed basis. Feel free to continue to contact me via email and text as needed. The pictures you send of students working at home make me smile every time!

Mrs. Laughlin

 

 


 


How to Set-up Calendar Alerts:
If your child is in my class, and you would like to receive email alerts for items posted to my calendar, you may view step-by-step directions here:
http://tinyurl.com/classcalendaralerts.

Please note: You will receive a separate email alert for each calendar you choose to subscribe to.