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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future


Early Elementary

Ages 5 - 7

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    October 22, 2020


Early Elementary is a time in a students life when they are moving from their first experiences in school, socially, emotionally and academically, to becoming more independent and responsible for their own learning.  We accomplish this by using an integrated thematic approach; this includes science, environmental studies, social studies, math, and language  Individual needs in reading and math are also targeted.

What to Expect

Multi-sensory instruction in decoding and word attack skills for emergent and beginning readers

Handwriting Without Tears

Investigations Math Curriculum with an emphasis on “math talks” where children’s unique mathematical thinking is honored as they communicate the strategies they used to come up with answers

Plan, Do, Review (Work time) 2-5 times a week, depending on age

Introduction to the Design Thinking Model when a science topic is researched and explored in-depth and students create prototypes through a variety of engineering and art challenges
Inside the Classroom

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Nov. 16 – Nov. 20

Art dedication! Evan was so proud of his beautiful art work! He stuck with this for 4 work times! Way 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Nov. 9 – Nov. 13

Working on Invent-O-Vate creatures with Ms. Pam!Thank You letters to Veterans! Our invented creatures are 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

It’s a puzzle kind of morning for the Dreamer classroom!"Stem" Partner Project! We had so much fun planning our first 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

The Dreamers working hard on our new Art project!Bats! Bat Engineering Challenge: does it have an 8-inch wing span, 2 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 19 – Oct. 23

Math Workshop: seeing numbers as groups of hundreds, tens, and ones!More owls created to go along with our Owl Sound 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 12 – Oct. 16

John = Student of the Week! A very intense game of “Roll and Record!"Readers'/Writers' Workshop! Design Thinkers were doing some 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Oct. 5 – Oct. 9

Parents of Dreamers!! Check out October's scholastic flyers HERE! Orders are due Oct. 16th, and your orders help us earn 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 28 – Oct. 2

The Design Thinkers sing Autumnal Equinox with Ms. Sue Sharing our leaf man sketches with Ms. Pam!Button sorting in 

Dreamers and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 21 – Sept. 25

Monday's Divergent Thinking Task! Make a representation of a spider using only the materials given and scissors and glue! We 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 14 – Sept. 18

Design Thinkers' Nature Hike/Spider Web Hunt!Share the Love with Mrs. Puetz! Emotion masks with Miss Pam!Work time with the 

Dreamers’ and Design Thinkers’ Highlights! Sept. 8 – Sept. 10

After much deliberation, it has been decided that Ms. Jacque's younger Early Elementary cohort will be the Dreamers, and Ms. 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! May 25 – May 29

Summer Reading with Miss Jacque! See the flyer to join Miss Jacque during her weekly Zoom picture book read-alouds AND 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! May 18 – May 22

Japanese weather from Ms. Keiko! Humphrey Read-aloud with Ms. Jacque! Let’s review our ASL feeling words! How are you 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! May 11 – May 15

Families! We've had some of you express interest in hosting a Zoom call for students, and want to offer anyone 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 27 – May 1

End of Year Conferences! End of Year Conferences will be held via Zoom on Friday May 15. Here is the 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 20 – Apr. 24

This past week's schedule review! Digestive System projects! Some of our TRULY awesome Digestive System projects!! We were literally blown 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 13 – Apr. 17

What the Sock Monkeys have learned about the respiratory system! Your diaphragm is as important as your heart. Your diaphragm 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Apr. 6 – Apr. 9

Fun story elements song! Jack Hartmann is the best! Alex's Spring-inspired creation!Origami heart tutorial & My Neighbor Totoro Theme Song 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 30 – Apr. 3

Quick recap of our schedule this past week! Enjoy our updated "Harry Potter" poem, Hogwarts, by the Sock Monkeys! “Hogwarts 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 23 – Mar. 27

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To our wonderful Sock Monkey parents! Our first week of E learning has definitely 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 9 – Mar. 13

Adding our skeletal system to our life size human bodies!A visit from a Civil War surgeon today!Playing Lightning with Ms. 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Mar. 2 – Mar. 6

Learning new signs for Spring! Patterns, patterns, and more patterns!Identifying instruments by sound in Music class! Great way 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 24 – Feb. 28

Below, you'll find brief details to THREE separate Sock Monkeys' parties happening next weekend: 2 birthday parties, and 1 farewell 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 18 – Feb. 20

Career Day! What a wonderful “Career” Day with the Sock Monkeys! Thank you to all our volunteers that shared their 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 10 – Feb. 14

Science of Sound Interest Group! This group had a busy day: a listening walk, classifying sounds into high or low 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Feb. 3 – Feb. 6

It was a short and busy week here with the Sock Monkeys, so we apologize for the lack of photos. 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 27 – Jan. 31

Please sign up for Mid-Year Conferences using this link. Thanks! Exploring Symmetry!Piet Mondrian Piet Mondrian really shook things up 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 21 – Jan. 24

Spatial Thinkers!Making music together! Such a fun recess! Sock monkeys LOVE the snow!Practicing for our game at Fun Fair 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Exploring and experimenting with sound!Making words at calendar time!Exploring rectangles with geoboards today. Geometry is fun!Tic tac teen Working with 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Jan. 6 – Jan. 10

Ordering rectangles during Math Workshop!Movin' and groovin' in Music class! Learning about hearing, sound, & vibration in Sign Language 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Dec. 16 – Dec. 20

So many Santas! Ho, ho, ho!Special mail delivery from the North Pole!How much did Operation Give-a-Goat make?! Did you guess 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Dec. 9 – Dec. 13

Here's a link to the Heifer International website and, specifically, to our goal donation of a goat. Providing a goat 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Dec. 2 – Dec. 6

Thanks to everyone who sent change in with students for the Sock Monkeys' “Give a Goat” Store! Third year students 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Nov. 18 – Nov. 22

Grandparents' Day is just about here! On Tuesday November 26th, grandparents and special friends are invited to visit our school 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Nov. 12 – Nov. 15

Japanese class! Writing our Japanese names with black beans and singing Japanese songs with our guest Keiko and Mary Beth! 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Nov. 4 – Nov. 8

Young Crafters Interest Group! A fun first day of Young Crafters interest group. Our theme today was trees! Young 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Reading our scarecrow poem at All-School Share! Coding Galore! Third Year students continue their exploration of Coding. This week, 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 21- Oct. 25

Third year students exploring coding as a possible topic for new projects!Math Workshop! Sorting coins, counting coins, and totaling the 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 14 – Oct. 18

Writers' Workshop! Working with partners on strategies like reading your writing aloud and adding more! Music Class! Sign Language 

Sock Monkeys’ Memoirs! Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

Bridge building! Bridge building after a unit on goats and “Three Billy Goats Gruff”. Who can make the sturdiest bridge 

Introducing: The Early Elementary Sock Monkeys! Sept. 30 – Oct. 3

Sock Monkeys! We are the Sock Monkeys! This Grassroots art project included discussion about the origin of Rockford’s name, sock 

Early Elementary: Sept. 23 – Sept. 27

Oak leaves as big as your head! Productive morning! Everyone is working hard and at their own pace during arrival.Xander’s 

Early Elementary: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Grassroots Sharing! Rebecca’s Grassroots sharing: Bucha Bar! Everyone tried a sample of the locally produced kombucha. It’s an amazing health 

Early Elementary: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

Halloween Origami & Ikebana! So many fun activities with Ms. Keiko in Japanese this week! Students are learning to count 

Early Elementary: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! Intake Conference Sign-Up went out this week via email. Please let me know if you didn’t receive it. Link 

Chickadees’ Diaries: May 20 – May 24

Get outside, get healthy! This is an amazing program filled with totally free and unique experiences! We discussed it this 

Chickadees’ Diaries: May 13 – May 17

Getting "Jiggy With It" at Rockford University! Reflection Reflection is very important in the learning process. Today, students reflected 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.29 – May.3

Summer Reading Last book order of the year — stock up for summer! Orders due by May 9th. Online ordering 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Earth Day Cleanup!Fun from Start to Finish! As always, feel free to email us with any questions, concerns, or even 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.15 – Apr.19

Junior Gardeners Planting beans, examining and comparing seeds, and of course making fruit salad makes for very happy junior gardeners! 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.8 – Apr.12

Upcoming Schedule: Monday 4/15 Interest Groups Tuesday 4/16 Interest Groups Wednesday 4/17 Interest Groups 5:30PM - 7:00PM Interest Group Sharing/ 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to Angelic Organics. Hope you enjoy the photos of all the 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.18 – Mar.22

Rockford University Bear crawls, alligator chomps, frog jumps, OH MY! (...and a dash of throwing practice, too!) Pattern Finders playing 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Chickadees building sentences together!Fun in Japanese! Learning clothing vocabulary through play. Kimono Yukata (summer kimono) Obi (sash, belt) Geta (wooden sandal) 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Mar.4 – Mar.8

Kindness: The Soundtrack On Monday, Amy, our artist in residence, spent time helping us capture our reflections on Kindness in 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.25 – Mar.1

100 Days of School! To celebrate 100 days into our school year, the Chickadees participated in a 100 Hidden Hershey's 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.19 – Feb.22

Chickadees' Notes: Super exciting news!!! Our class as well as Intermediate Elementary collected the most $$ during Spectrum's Pennies for 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Paper Bridges How can I make a paper bridge support 3 paper back books? Charles knows triangles are the strongest 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Feb.4 – Feb.8

Fox study in Art Class: Drawing and ClayKindness We are reflecting on kindness and writing in our kindness journals every 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time...Daniel’s work-time matchbox car obstacle course! Raise Responsibility Ms. Mary Beth 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT!Work Time Daniel does research on the Native American moons. Livia builds a sled for a stuffed 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Getting ready... Chickadees are hard at work, putting the final touches on the set for the Winter Assembly! Wishing 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.10 – Dec.14

Holiday fun GALORE! Heads Up: Mrs. Puetz has asked that we wear dark pants for the Winter Program. Shirts will 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December!Super Science Fridays! We have been working with simple machines on Science Fridays! Here are our chickadees building a 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! We will be setting up “Santa’s Workshop” in the classroom for work time. We are looking for 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Processfolio & Holiday Activities!Processfolio Rebecca describes her work samples as she shares her Processfolio with her parents! Jive Turkeys Turkey 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Chickadees' Diaries: Nov.5 - Nov.9 Early Elementary needs drivers for our trip to see Rosie Revere, Engineer at the Coronado 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.29 – Nov.2

Language, Leaves, and LOTS of Candy! November 20 - Field Trip to the Coronado Theater to see the production of 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.22 – Oct.26

Early Elementary's work ethic is at an Upper Elementary level! We are beyond proud and impressed with the hard work 

Chickadees’ Diaries: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Enjoy this glimpse at some of the work and fun that Early Elementary (the chickadees) had this past week! Worktime 

Supply List & Resources

Supply List

Parent-Provided Supplies

24-count of crayons
12-count box of colored pencils
12-count box of Crayola washable markers
1 pair of scissors
Rain boots for fall/spring
1 8 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer
1 reusable water bottle
1 change of clothes

Please make sure everything is labeled with the child’s name.