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Mrs. Jamie Leigh Young » Mrs. Jamie Young

Mrs. Jamie Young

I am a graduate from the University of Maine Farmington, class of 2015 with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education. My focus was working with children ages birth to five, as well as Kindergarten to Third Grade. This is my third year at Cave Hill School teaching Pre-K/Kindergarten. The support I continue to receive from colleagues, administration and parents is astonishing. Cave Hill really is a family. It amazes me to see how much of the community comes together for sporting events, plays, concerts etc. I am proud to be a part of the Cave Hill Bear Family.
I was born in Annapolis, Maryland and moved to Bar Harbor Maine just before my 8th birthday. I grew up in Bar Harbor and attended MDI High School. I have always known from a young age working with children was a passion of mine. I got married to my high school sweet heart on August 1, 2015. He is also a teacher, now working at MDI in the special education department. We had our son, James Ryan on May 11, 2016. 
If you have any questions, I am more than willing to answer them through email at jayoung@rsu24.org Open communication and collaboration are key to a successful classroom!
 

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Science Experiment

Students have been learning about Energy from the Sun in science. They talked about how and who the sun provides energy to. We watched a few videos and completed some hands on activities surrounding it. They identified hot and cool places using pictures. They learned that a spot outside can be cooled off with shade. To complete the unit , students engaged in a hands on experiment testing their theory of shade being cool. The task was for students to create a structure using paper plates, rubber bands, masking tape, straws and index cards. This structure needed to provide shade to protect a piece of chocolate from melting. We used a heat lamp to resemble to sun. Students split up into groups of 3 or 4 and planned for their structure. They then conversed on their personal ideas for building a study structure. After, they had to work hand in hand to build a structure that was sturdy and would provide the most shade. Students had to show great collaboration during this activity. Once all structures were made, we tested them under the heat lamp. A piece of chocolate was placed directly under the heat lamp, again resembling it sitting out in the direct sunlight. Then another piece of chocolate was placed under each structure that was built. The structures were placed under the heat lamp as well. Students had to predict which chocolate would melt faster and why. Once all predictions were made, students drew observations in their science journals. The observed what everything looked like at the start of the experiment. They also followed up with an observation of the chocolate at the end of the experiment. Overall each structure did a great job providing shade and keeping the chocolate cool enough so it did not melt. To see pictures check out the science section, or photos.

2016-2017 School Year

     Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We are very excited to have you join us in Pre-K and Kindergarten. This year will be full of explorations in all areas of learning. Students will be encouraged to make friends, learn how to control their emotions, and will develop a basic understand in all domains before moving onto first grade. This year our class has been soaring into new learning with handwriting, reading, math, and writing stories.
     In our handwriting program the students are learning how to properly grip pencils, as well as the correct way to form letters. The science behind this handwriting shows amazing results!
     In reading we have been practicing and learning what the title of a book is and how it is helpful in predicting what will happen in the story. We also have learned what an author and illustrator are. We read books everyday and practice reading the words left to right and top to bottom. I model this daily through the use of big books which the students seem to love. We have practiced identifying letters within words and will be moving onto "popcorn" words shortly. These popcorn words or word wall words are important high frequency words that Kindergarteners are expected to have learned before moving onto first grade. These words are HUGE in students ability to learn to read and really provide them with a grade basis to their beginnings of reading.
     In math we have explored many different math materials and talked about their use such as pattern blocks, craft sticks, unifex cubes, wooden beads and more. Students have practiced separating them into groups by color, size and shapes. We also have practiced counting and patterning with these materials. The students will begin to have homelinks in math. These homelinks are math problems to be completed at home, which extend the learning with math from in school to home.
     Lastly, we have been talking about how we are all authors. We all like to write stories. Currently, we are focusing on writing stories through pictures. Labeling of pictures is key in these first phases of writing. As students learn more popcorn words, their ability to read and write will only progress. 

February

February brought about many fun experiences and adventures for our students.

Our adventures included a field trip to the Grand with Kindergarten to view a Science Rocks show. This show helped our students learn that sound and vibrations are science and we can make sound change by altering the speed of the vibrations.

Pre-K and Kindergarten continue to enjoy buddy reading every Friday with 4th grade. This is a great way for the older students to model appropriate reading behaviors, and discover new stories with our students. We have encouraged many of our readers to start reading their own stories to the 4th graders. This will help our students learn to identify high frequency words, learn their letter sounds, and begin to understand how a book is set up.

We celebrated Valentine's day at school. The students were able to pass out valentines to one another, after they made their valentine bags. We also were able to have our class celebration, as a result of the students filling our warm fuzzy jar. In order for them to fill the warm fuzzy jar, students had to show listening skills, how to be a safe learner, how to be respectful one one another (i.e. raising hands), and how to be responsible learners (i.e. working together to pick up materials).

Unfortunately, we have not had many experiences this month with our therapy dog. We are very excited to get this started again, as it really helps us to learn how to be safe, respectful and responsible learners. We also missed our nutrition class, due to the nutrition visitor being sick. Our class thoroughly enjoys learning about the different types of healthy food, as well as getting to taste test them.

March is going to bring new learning, as well as opportunities for our creativity and imaginations to take place. Kindergarten will be having another field trip. This field trip is taking them to the Children's Museum in Bangor. We will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, St. Patricks Day, the start of Spring, and three students' birthday's this month. The students do not have school Friday, March 25 due to a professional day. A professional day is a time when students do not have school, yet teacher's do. It is a time for us to plan, grade, and get ready for the weeks to come. March is the month where our second round of progress reports are sent out. Please remember, if you ever have a question or concern, please let Mr. Svec or myself know. We are all learning together in the process and only want what is best for everyone involved, especially the students.

January

The first week back from vacation, the students were ready to learn. We introduced IXL, an online tool that supports extra math practice, with Pre-K this week. Once we got past the tutorial on how to use a laptop, the students have excelled. They love to be like the Kindergarten students and go on the laptop to practice math. It is a new and exciting way to get this practice. Shapes are the first major math topic presented in IXL to Pre-K. Counting will follow shapes.

We are working on changing the daily schedule slightly, to help our students attention span last longer. After lunch we now have the students engage in quiet reading time. This provides a time for students to bring their energy level back down after recess and lunch. It also allows them to become familiar with books and begin to read pictures. That is the first major step in learning to be a great reader. This schedule change has really seemed to work with our students. Their attention is gradually increasing.

Another way our schedule has changed is through having Pre-K attend school until 2pm on Friday's. We made this change to Fridays because we felt the students would greatly benefit from more opportunities to be in the classroom completing hands on work. It has been wonderful having this extra hour with the students. We have really been able to engage them in hands on opportunities for learning with the alphabet, letter sounds, and initial recognition of basic high frequency words. The other reason for this time change was many of our students have practice at 2pm after school on Friday's. It made the most sense to keep them at school and send them right down to practice, instead of having students go home and come back within a 40 minute span.

The second week back from vacation was a little challenging. Many students seemed to revert back to behavior and listening habits that resembled the beginning of the year. We worked very hard the first semester to get to a point where students understood there was a time to be silly and a time to be serious. We spent the week talking about why it is important to listen and referred back to the progress we had made over semester 1. The students were used as an example for the class if they were seen listening and showing great classroom behavior. This was in attempt to help bring the level of learning and listening back to where it should be. 

Kindergarten will have their first 5 day week of school since vacation this coming week. We are very excited to get back on a normal schedule. Last Monday, we did not have school due to the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The first Monday back from vacation, we did not have school because of a power outage due to a bad storm that passed through the area. This has left Kindergarten a little off balance with the schedule changes. Kindergarten continues to impress as they come in with smiling faces and great attitudes about learning most days. They are adapting well to the new classroom changes with scheduling. My Kindergarten students have worked harder than ever for me over the last two weeks in all content areas.

In Math, we have pushed through many many math lessons learning about measurement using non-standard units, navigating calculators, playing guess my number, focusing on pattern blocks attributes, and engaging with number stories.

In Science we are finishing up our unit on Energy from the Sun. Students have learned that the sun creates heat, which is also energy. They know that there is light energy, heat energy and sound energy. My students also have learned that items (including humans) create shadows, which are cooler than being in the direct sun. We have conducted many science experiments on this topic, as well as capturing these activities in our science journals. We are following up on the unit incorporating science into reading, writing and math.

Reading is one area where my students continue to excel. They love to read and work very hard to master the letter sounds and sound out words. Both students have made tremendous gains, advancing the level of their reading from the beginning of the year.

We were able to wrap up our first writing unit on Narrative Writing. Students have begun to explore the next unit of writing, and will continue to work through it during the next month. Their focus in writing has moved from writing with detail, to using capital letters when starting a sentence, and punctuation at the end.

Overall, both Dave and myself are very happy with the work our students have put in. We cannot wait to continue working with them and track their progress.

December

Wow, we have soared through the first half of the year! It is hard to believe there is only 2 1/2 weeks left until our December vacation. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten students have been very busy learning and having fun, that the time just flew by. December will be a short month, with only three and a half weeks of school. Students will continue to practice and develop all of the concepts previously discussed. Social Studies is now being introduced in the classroom, as we learn about the three major holiday's in December, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza. We will attend a field trip to the Grand in Ellsworth to see a showing of Charlie Brown Christmas on December 18. This will be Pre-K's last day of school before break. Our class is developing a schedule with Ms. Davis' 4th grade class for reading buddies. This will occur every Friday for 30 minutes. Also, our classroom is excited to continue to have weekly and monthly visitors to include Bella and/or Butler the therapy dogs, and Mrs. Fox who teaches us nutrition class. Cave Hill will have two sessions of County Team time this month. County Team is a time every two weeks for students to be split up among teachers in the school, providing an opportunity to work with students of varying ages while studying a specific county in Maine. My classroom is studying Kennebec County. All of my students minus one, are split up among the other teachers in the building. The students love the time spent with students other than those in their classrooms. Pre-K students will be reassessed this month to track their development thus far. An official progress report will be mailed our for Pre-K by December vacation, while Kindergarten's progress reports' were sent out this week on Tuesday, December 1.

 

Again, if you have any questions, I am more than willing to answer them through email at jayoung@rsu24.org

November

November seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye. Students had three weeks of school this month due to Thanksgiving vacation. A variety of Pre-K students have really focused on developing their alphabet recognition, while others are working on recognizing letter sounds and sounding out words. Kindergarten is very secure with their sounds and are really working on developing their ability to read words. Students are continuing to practice their word wall words, which are a variety of high frequency words, allowing them to develop their reading and spelling habits faster. Writing had become a prominent feature in the classroom as students were learning to use words and detailed pictures to describe their topics. I am very happy to announce that the Kindergarten students have made so much progress they were both successful in developing a 7 page story, which they also edited with assistance and corrected. Math led to more number practice as students were beginning to get introduced to number stories. Without the background of number counting, number stories would not be possible. Symmetry was another large focus this month, as students used art to develop their math concepts. The pan balance was introduced while students began to learn about weight and how to measure it. The Kindergarten and Pre-K students made significant progress in their writing through the writing without tears program. This program focuses on using a pinch grip when writing, and helps students learn how to form letters correctly. Being able to form letters and using a pinch grip is imperative to a students success in writing. Luckily, many Pre-K students have picked up on the pinch grip during this month. It is not an easy grip to accomplish, especially for little fingers. However, the gains that are made as students age, has been scientifically proven. French has become second nature for many of our students. It was very common this month to hear our students repeat French terms on their own time. This was great to hear and see. Science has continued to push our students to gain a deeper thinking and learning about weather. After spending nearly 10 weeks on weather, students are able to use much of the weather lingo to include knowing what a meteorologist is, as well as act like one and giving a weather report.

October

October was a wonderful month for our students. We continued to learn many math concepts to include measurement of length, counting forwards and backwards, names of shapes, how to identify patterns, and how to differentiate between coins. Some of our favorite math games this month included setting up a grocery store with our play kitchen to practice using coins; spin a number, where students spin a paper clip and move the appropriate amount of spaces based on what number it lands on; and oral counting games like follow the leader. Reading brought about much practice with word wall words, letter sounds, beginning word sounds, as well as an introduction to reading independently and writing stories. Science allowed students to practice recording the daily weather while tracking the temperature, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall amounts, and more. Students also got an introduction into the varying types of weather. Many science experiments were conducted by going outdoor and sketching what we see, feel and hear with the weather around us. Students were introduced to French this month and really seem to love it. They are quickly absorbing the language like a sponge.

September

September brought about many lessons on developing and learning classroom and school rules, as well as developing relationships with our classmates, other students, as well as the teachers. We spent some of September practicing and refining the classroom and specials routines until it felt natural to us. Our students were introduced to their new Ed. Tech. Dave Svec. He has been a wonderful addition to the Pre-K/Kindergarten team. Students were immediately drawn to his generous, kind, welcoming personality. Letters, numbers and letter sounds were the focus for the majority of September. Students were briefly introduced to science, however, did not delve into it until October.