Everyone loves to hang out in the bathtub in the first grade classroom. The back row from the left includes: Adrien Mueller, Truman Milton, Cohen Harre, R.J. Clevenger, and Logan Johnson. Front row from the left pictured are: Kaylie Schlueter, Cheyenne Krupicka, Sydney Engert and Brooklyn Oldehoeft.
Above -The word for the year the first grade classroom has chosen is caring. They made this art collage to remind them.
The Exeter-Milligan first graders created artwork about caring hands.
Above -The Exeter-Milligan first graders put a colored pom-pom in their bucket when someone says or does something nice for them and also when they do or say something nice to them to help them to see how important kindness and caring is in their lives.
Above– Cohen Harre references his science book during the class period.
Below – Adrien Mueller reads from his science book during the lesson in his first grade classroom.
The Exeter-Milligan first grade classroom has been busy learning this year. They chose the word “caring” to emphasize this year.
Part of the learning process for the students was to read the book “Fill Your Bucket” which helps the students learn how giving and receiving kind words and actions can fill their personal buckets. Each student has a small bucket that they can put a yarn pom pom in whenever they give or receive a kind word or deed.
The students had a very special celebration on the 100th day of school and made a project with 100 items, they played special 100 games, decorated the hallways with futuristic forecasts of faculty and staff pictures at 100 years old.
Each year the first grade classroom has walked to the Exeter Senior Center to have special activities with the seniors. They often read together or practice math with the first graders. They have also come to school to have lunch with the students.
This past fall the first graders held a special grandparents day celebration. They honored their grandparents with songs and crafts.
Their teacher, Mrs. Sharon Lott, has always had a special week recognizing each student with a poster all about them on the door for the week. This year, she took it a little further calling it Fantastic First Grader. Each Friday, the students take turns being the Fantastic First Grader. They have a list of options they can chose from including eating lunch in the classroom with a friend and watching tv. They can sit in Mrs. Lott’s chair or chew gum, too.
Each week the students have a mystery reader come in and read at least one book to them. During the day, Mrs. Lott gives them clues about who the mystery reader is to see if they can guess.
Mrs. Lott has tendered her resignation this year and is looking forward to her retirement after 38 years in the Milligan and Exeter-Milligan school districts. This class has been a joy to her, “I have greatly enjoyed this group of first graders. They are energetic and fun and always ready to learn."
Thanks to everyone in this district for making my years of teaching so rewarding. I will miss you!"