Dear Santa,

My students have been busy writing letters to Santa.  It is a tradition in my classroom to write a letter to Santa each year.  I found this great clip art from lettering delights and I made writing paper for my students and bulletin board letters.  Santa letters are a great oppurtunity to  teach your students the parts of a friendly letter and that is also included. (Dear Santa is avalable on my TPT store and TN store). My favorite part of this project is the Santas the students make.  The Santas are wonderful!!
I hope Santa brings you what you wished for. 
Happy Teaching! Jane

Turkeys, Turkeys and Real Turkeys

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday.  I just love that shopping day, however I am just horrible at starting my Christmas shopping on that day.  Instead I found all kinds of stuff for myself, (he,he..). I just love that boot rush and oh those lines are actually painful to wait in.

This past weekend I started fetching some pine boughs and greens for my mantle. I am so lucky because I just walk out my door and I have a whole forest of trees to pick from.  On Sunday when I was gathering these pine boughs a whole flock of turkeys land in the big pine and oak trees around my house. Like a whole flock.  At least ten of them were in the trees.  My chocolate lab went nuts,  but I was so excited because last week we just got done making our turkey's in the classroom and learned all about wild turkeys.  Check out these pics...
I just love this turkey craft.  This year I read a book about wild turkeys and we brainstormed a list and posted them on the smartboard and then I put them on the pocket chart so we could have them handy for all the students later on and so they could take the facts to their seats. I have a few youngers(first graders) that struggle with copying work from the front of the room.  Then we wrote our facts down on our Facts about Turkey sheets, and made turkeys.  It was a lot of fun.  The mayor was even in our classroom when we were learning and making our Turkeys.  It was Educator for a day at our school and community members spend time in our classrooms.  He learned a few facts about turkeys too!
Now bring on December....

Sounds of a and e

It is always nice to get back to a regular week.  Last week we had parent-teacher conferences and they take so much time and energy.  So I was glad to get teaching again.  I have been doing some Thanksgiving activities this week.  We are learning about wild turkeys, doing a writing activity  and we are painting  picture of our Turkey tomorrow, this is something I do every year.  The kids never get sick of it.  I will show pictures later this week. 

I did want to show you the word study lesson I do every year with my youngers.  The youngers are what we call our first graders.  I absolutely swear that the kids start to really make connections  after we get going on these lessons. I start with the sound of a. I have yellow cards that are put on the top row.  They are the main vowel patterns of a.  Then we go over them.  I pass out the white cards to the students and they take turns coming up to the chart and they have to decide what vowel pattern the word has and put the word under the correct word.  The students are learning to sort. So if the word is scar it goes under the word art, and they start to see that ar says r.   etc.......
The trick to this is to repeat, repeat and repeat.  We review this lesson all week, and we have short a and long a and word family a all that week too. 
Then the next week or two weeks later,when we are ready we move on to e.  Which we are doing this week.  The neat thing is the students took a lot less time figuring out how to sort  these words and are starting to make connections.  Then I leave them up for awhile and the students can sort the words during daily 5.
 What I love, is that I made nice, pretty word cards. Ok, before they were hand written and didn' t look so nice.  I have the sounds of i,free on my teacher pay teacher store so everyone can check it out.  Or take my word for it and get the whole mega pack on teacher pay teacher.  Each vowel sound is also available.

Happy everything! Jane 

My blog's name

I wanted to share with all of you why I named my blog, See Jane Teach Multiage.  I originally wanted just See Jane Teach but I guess that had already been taken.  I added the multiage part because I am a multiage teacher, anyway back to the name of my blog.  My mom came to America when she was 13 years old.  She lived in Germany and came soon after the war had ended.  They came to America in a ship and landed in New York City, first to Ellis Island.  It was one of the last ships to stop there. Then they took a train to Minneapolis where she grew up.(me too)  When she went to school, the teachers had her learn English by using the Dick and Jane reading series.  When I was born she wanted her daughter to have a very American name, so I was named Jane.
That's it, I just like that story.

Classroom weather posters

The first four pictures are the four elements of weather
which are temperature, air pressure,wind and moisture.
The next four pictures are the seasons! 
 My students worked on these together, didn't they do a good job!
Here is another look at them.
I love kids art work!

 and....wind is not here. I'll get back to that one.
 Although I would be perfectly fine without the wind.
The other day on the playground it was sooooo cold we were hiding by the doorway to keep warm.
I just published my Extreme Weather Reports. 
 I will show you all those soon.

First Blog Post

Multiage is a wonderful alternative to a traditional classroom.I teach in a primary multiage class. 
That is a 1st through 3rd grade classroom.
 I have been teaching in a multiage classroom for 15 years!
Our school offers this option to parents, and I love it.

Through this blog I hope to share with everyone how our multiage program works, some great teaching ideas and a love for teaching.