Friday, May 30, 2014

Historic Charleston Field Study!

Recently we went on a field study to Historic Charleston where we learned all about the American Revolution! There, we went back in time to 1781 and explored British Occupied Charles Town. We secretly enlisted into the Patriot Army, learned to drill and fire cannons, toured the Provost Dungeon where some of our fellow soldiers were being held, met some famous South Carolinians from our past, and learned social graces and party etiquette at the Old Exchange. Check out some of our pictures that made it back through our time travels! :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Upcoming Spelling Bee!

Hi There!

Since our Annual Killian Spelling Bee is coming up on May 19th, we will be having our class Spelling Bee on May 12th to discover who will represent our homeroom! Students are super excited about these events and so am I! If you would like to review our Third Grade Content Words that may be used in our Spelling Bee, just click here. Please encourage your child to review and study these words and their meanings for Monday! :)

Have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Test Prep! :)

               Test taking can be very stressful for all parties involved! With our upcoming SC PASS test, I wanted to share with you all some tips for how to make this as stress-free as possible! This is a time for students to celebrate what they have learned this year and show what they know! Check out the tips below for both parents and students! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reading Tips and Activities to Do At Home!

Here is an excerpt from the article I sent home this week with our weekly newsletters. The full article can be found at Scholastic's Parent Website. Please read and try out some of these great ideas at home to help your student grow and blossom as a reader! I would love to know what works and if you have any ideas or suggestions.... please send them my way! :) Have a GREAT weekend! 

  • Reading Tip for Parents: What’s “Just Right”? Children feel confident and competent when they read books that are “just right.” But how do you find a “just right” book? Have your child read the back and front cover, and first page of the book. If there are more than five words that he cannot pronounce or understand in context, the book may be too challenging. Be supportive about finding a more perfect fit. Choosing the right book will help your little reader feel successful.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Map it Out  It’s important to provide your child with a variety of fiction and non-fiction reading. A fun way to do this is to get a map and show them the way from your house to the grocery store or another familiar destination. Have your child write out the directions, street by street, and then read them to you as you walk or drive to the store – like a living GPS!
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Card Tricks  Do you think effective reading only takes place at libraries and book stores? Think again! There are reading opportunities everywhere. Go to a greeting card store with your child and read the greeting cards together. Later, vote for the ones whose words convey the best birthday wish or get-well sentiment.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Picture This!  During your next outing or gathering, take action-packed photos, then have your child create captions to go with each picture. Assemble the pictures and captions in a picture book or album, and add speech and thought bubbles to create a personalized – and probably hysterical -- graphic novel.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Last Comic Standing  Take time to read comic strips together. Share favorites from your own childhood and have your child put his favorites on the fridge. Read them aloud, and often -- repetition is a great way to build reading skills. Soon, he’ll love looking forward to the “Sunday funnies” each week.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Become a Fan  Your child will soon develop a love for particular authors and illustrators. Nurture her fan-ship by helping her write a letter to her favorite author. Many authors have their own websites with contact information, but here’s a great place to start your search ( You can also contact the book’s publisher, the mailing address for which can often be found on the back of the title page or on the publisher’s Web site.
  • Reading Tip for Parents: Labels of Love  Word recognition and vocabulary are important parts of reading. On a rainy day, get some paper and tape and start labeling everything in your home -- from furniture to small knick-knacks. Reading these labels repeatedly will build your child’s mental word bank. If your family is bilingual, create labels in both languages.
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Mystery Readers Wanted!

Calling all Readers! 

It is not too late to sign up as a Mystery Reader! Students love seeing their loved ones make a visit to their classroom to share a favorite story! We are still looking for parents, siblings, and community members to join us as Mystery Readers! If you are interested, please fill out and submit the Google form below or e-mail Mrs. Frederick directly! WE LOVE having guest readers! And we would really love to have YOU! 

Monsters on Main Street- Student Spotlight

The students here in the Owl's nest want to give a shout out to our classmate, Adrian D.! He surprised us all with his super cool original design that Miss Marine (The Art Room Queen) brought to life for an upcoming Art Show, Monsters on Main Street in downtown Columbia!

Miss Marine shared this message with us: "Part of the First Thursday monthly art crawl on Main Street, this is one of the traffic barrel monsters that will invade downtown.  The original design was created by third grade artist, Adrian D. and I did my best to capture his idea on the full-size monster. After tonight, Zilla  will be on display in the corner window at  Tapps before coming back to Killian."

 Please join us in celebrating Adrian, Zilla, and Miss Marine! We are SO proud of you!! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Building Vocabulary

        We all have a desire to see our children succeed both in and outside of school. One HUGE way we can help our children become more successful is by supporting the students in building a rich and diverse vocabulary! Here are some steps to helping your child and family develop a vast vocabulary.

Steps to Help your Child Build a Strong Vocabulary:

1. Introduce new words to your child regularly.
2. Explain what the new word means in kid-friendly terms.
3. Give a simple, kid-friendly example of the word being used in context.
4. Encourage your child to come up with their own example and share it with you.
5. Continue to use the new word. Keep new words flowing through your household on a regular basis!

Check out the following article with a few easy ways to incorporate practices at home to help your child in building their vocabulary! Reading Rockets is a fantastic resource to utilize at home!

Reading Rockets: Building Your Child's Vocabulary