This week, we talked about hibernation and all of the animals that rest during the winter months.  Our book of the week was Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson.  We used individual speech buttons, so everyone could read along with the story.  Our two universal core words were IN and ON.  These are really easy words to use with your child every day!  “Put socks ON”  “Milk is IN the fridge”  You can find our weekly vocabulary video, read aloud version of the story, hibernation songs and a video about real animals that hibernate at this YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXp4g2Rnghg&list=PLROC0x_vQTIOgf315tNeG5sb3K-vZKlPy

In On
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Happy 2019!

We hope that your new year is off to a great start!  Talking Time began the year with Polar Bears.  (Still hoping for some winter in Eugene)  We read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle.  Our words of the week were What do you…which make a great start to lots of questions.  You can use the picture below to make up your own “what do you…?” questions with your child.  Here is the link to our vocabulary words, songs of the week, a read-aloud version of the book and some polar bear trivia.  Please bear with (no pun intended) my gruff voice on the vocabulary video.  It was from last year’s bout of pneumonia.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENJoyXBaPsw&list=PLROC0x

What Do You
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We are back to school on the Monday after the long Thanksgiving holiday and I definitely have the post-holiday grumpies.  The printer is broken and the computer program that lets me share visuals in the classroom and with you is not working either. Grrrrr!  Last week, we talked about being thankful and read the book, Bear Says Thanks.  If you follow this YouTube link, you can see the vocabulary words, see the read-aloud version of the story, sweat off some turkey calories with a few motion songs and see what some of our students are thankful for.  I know we are so thankful for all of them!  Keep your fingers crossed that technology will be back online for next week’s post!  P.S.  I’m sorry in advance for the song, Turkey Time.  It will get stuck in your head!https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTINKGTKhL4aU0E-oXOBzk0UU

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

To celebrate all things slightly creepy, we read Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance.   We “helped” Frank dance with our All-Turn-It spinner game.

Frank Dancing Game
Frank Dancing Game

You can find our vocabulary video and two motion songs on this YouTube playlist:  https://youtu.be/-MB7IcSnJqs

Our core vocabulary words this week were I and He.  We worked on LOTS of introductions.  You can help at home by pointing to yourself and modeling “I am”  sentences.  “I am eating breakfast.”  “I am sleepy.”  The possibilities are endless.  Shasta had Spirit Week and our middle school class wrote a great story about it.  Brenda’s class has a LOT of school spirit!  You can read their story here:  spirit week 2018

Frank Was a Monster Core Words: I, He
Frank Was a Monster Core Words: I, He

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything

This week, we read The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.  It’s a fun, repeating story with lots of fun sounds to make.  On Thursday, we put on scarecrow clothes to play each part of the story.  Our vocabulary words this week were:

  • shoes
  • pants
  • shirt
  • gloves
  • hat
  • pumpkin head

Our Univseral Core Vocabulary words of the week were:  she, not, and go.

She Not Go
Core Words: She, Not, Go

All three classes decided they are most afraid of SPIDERS!!!!  If you go to you will find our vocabulary words, a read-aloud version of the story, and a song version of the story.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTIPbZYbs318_khJaZk7cN4wn