First class pic 2019 2020



Important Dates


  • Gym Class - Tuesday/Thursday...please remember to wear sneakers
  • Oct. 12 - Fall Family Fun Day 2-4pm @ Engelke Farms
  • Oct. 14 - No School-Columbus Day
  • Oct. 15 - Field Trip - Purple Taylor School Shirts and booster seats
  • Oct. 15 - Therapy Dog Humphrey
  • Oct. 26 - Prospective Family Open House 9-11am
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween Parade 2:30
  • Oct. 31 - Scholastic Book Orders Due


Discussion Starters...

  • Go to Scholastic Book Clubs and use our Class Code LZCTL to order books for your child. The website is very user friendly!

  • How did it feel collaborating with another student from another class? Did you and your partner have to compromise? Which was your favorite part? Reading, planning, painting, shopping, or decorating?

  • How do our 5 senses help us solve problems? What did you learn from the Troy Police about 5 senses? How do senses help the police? 


One of the most frequently asked questions I get as a first and second grade teacher is how to help your child become a better reader. I am a firm believer in a simple rule - the more a child reads, the better they become at reading. Here are a few questions you can ask your child when reading together:

  • What do you predict will happen next?
  • Which character from the story would you choose to be your friend? Why?
  • What was the problem in the story and how was it solved?


Literary Pumpkins

Literary Pumpkins is an all school activity filled with fun and Taylor School tradition! The 1-2 Class was so excited to continue this annual tradition. Each student and their partner chose a ficitonal literary character, planned out how they could design a pumpkin to resemble that character. 

Collaborating with students of different ages and from different classrooms allows the students to get to know other students they may not necessarily interact with. It also teaches and encourages students to use skills necessary to collaborate with others. 

We will soon paint and decorate the pumkins with a variety of materials. Be sure to check out the pumpkin characters on display soon in the main hallway. 

Literary Pumpkin 1 collage

5 Senses

We are exploring and observing objects, the classroom environment and the world around us using our 5 senses. We had a great visit from two officers from the Troy Police department. They shared how their 5 senses help them to be aware and solve problems.

Troy police collage

Literacy Centers

Literacy Center Collage


Mystery Festival

Everybody loves a good mystery and the 1-2 Class is no exception. We are combining mystery and investigation in a highly exciting, engaging and educational experience. Our student detectives are currently figuring out the case of "Who Borrowed Mr. Bear?" We explored a make-believe "crime scene" and examined the evidence. We recorded and organized our observations on a "Clue Board." The classroom was then transformed into a forensic laboratoy to perform tests on the various clues found at the scene of the crime. We did thread comparison test, chromatography, pH tests, and powder tests, to name a few. After all our observations, experiments and discussions, the class will attempt to solve the mystery of Mr. Bear! Stay tuned...

Crime SceneClue BoardMr. Bear

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Crime 4Crime 5Crime 6


Discussion Starters


  • What happened to Mr. Bear?
  • Here are some of our new vocabulary words from our mystery unit: Clue, suspect, evidence, solve
  • What is so interesting about fingerprints.
  • Who do they think borrowed Mr. Bear without permission? Why? What is the evidence that supports that? 


Think Tank

    Taylor School is introducing a school-wide "Game Changing Kids" game design Think Tank project. The 1-2 class will work through the engineering process and will answer the question - Can you design a game where the players have fun learning something new? We will be exploring different games (ie. card games, board games, etc.) to see what we can glean from them. I will keep you posted as this exciting project progresses!

If you have any games that you would like to donate there is a collection bin in the front hallway. Thank you in advance for your support!



Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is something that we are focusing on at Taylor School. In short, growth mindset is when students believe that their talents can be developed through hard work rather than believing their talents are innate gifts. As a result, students worry less about being "smart" and they put more energy into learning. They naturally develop a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishments. 

We often speak about "hard fun" in our class. Basically hard fun is learning how to develop GRIT. Researchers now realize that grit is as important, if not more, than academic skills! What happens when the math gets a little tricky or when the reading is boring? What keeps students from giving up? Grit!

Here is how to help your child develop grit: Praise the effort, not the product. When you praise the “stick-to-it-ness” of your child’s efforts, they will be more determined to continue working hard, even when failure and adversity present itself. Praising your child’s hard work will encourage them not to give up...hard fun!


Therapy Dogs

Therapy DogsEvery week, our therapy dog, Humphrey, visits Taylor School to read with the children. Humphrey creates an atmosphere of joy by just being present. He is so excited to greet the students and is nonjudgmental, kind to all and is a great listener. Students visibly relax and open up while reading or playing with Humphrey. Research strongly supports the benefits of therapy dogs. When the students read with him they are relaxed and take more risks in their reading.  Besides helping young readers gain confidence therapy dogs can dramatically increase positive mood and improve both physical and emotional well-being. Humphrey's presence in our school is extremely beneficial to our students and we are so lucky to have him!