Welcome to our K-1 multiage classroom!

Ms. Katie Mustian and Mr. Peter Craig

The Super Star Bucket-Fillers!

Room Parents
Alyssa Caroselli: acaroselli@hotmail.com
Jason Park: parkman1@hotmail.com

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"The real fun is in working hard until you can do something just right!"
"The real fun is in working hard until you can do something just right!"

MARCH 2017

Our volunteer architects have spent the last two weeks teaching us about the different ways that they plan. One way is by drawing a birds eye view of what they will build. Children had the opportunity to practice a small scale birds eye drawing by examining their material boxes and drawing a birds eye view plan of what they look like. What features would help someone understand the design? Talk to your child about the shape of the objects, the lines drawn to represent dividers, their use of colors, and the addition of labels.


Encourage your child to try and draw something else from a birds eye view! Simpler ideas include anything your child can look down on: silverwear trays, sock drawers, tabletops, place settings, etc. More difficult ideas include larger spaces or spaces that a child cannot physically look down on from above: their room, their house, the classroom, etc.

Use the links below to check out student work! Unfortunately, the files were too big to fit in one document so you may have to click around a bit.




The Great Fluency Challenge!

1. Each Monday your child will come home with a short reading passage.
2. Video your child on Monday as they read the passage for the first time on their own. Tell them to do their best and that they will OF COURSE make little mistakes because it is their first time reading it. How fun will it be to look back on that video at the end of the week to see how much they have grown 🙂 If they get stuck on a word or need help, jump right in and help them! After they read it through the first time, turn off the camera and help them practice all of the tricky words in the same passage. They may need help sounding out words or, if the words aren’t decodable, they may need you to just tell them what it is! If they seem to have them all at the beginning, challenge them by pointing to words in isolation or ask them to read the passage backwards.
3. On Tuesday, revisit the passage with the goal of noticing all of the punctuation marks. Make a point to have them pause at commas and stop at periods/exclamation points. When a sentence is split between two lines, it can be especially tricky for early readers! 
4. On Wednesday, practice reading the same passage with expression or, as I tell them, like you are a movie star! Are you scared? Excited? Is there dialogue? If so, does your character have a special voice you create?
5. On Thursdays, help your child notice the scooped lines that are drawn in. These scoops help children read the words in phrases that aid comprehension and match the author’s voice. We often tell children to “read it so that it sounds like a book” or so that “it sounds like the way we talk”.
6. TGIF! They have been working hard! They know this passage inside and out. Whip that phone back out and video them again. Go back and watch their first cold read and compare it to their Friday performance! Give compliments, give tips, celebrate their hard work, and get ready for the next Monday… when a new passage will come home!

Arena Stage taught us to…

“Work with our body, work with our voice, work with our imagination, and work with each other!”

After singing, dancing, and acting out the story of A House for Hermit Crab, we decorated our own hermit crabs to thank them for all the hard work they put in to teach us about literacy and theatre. Click on the picture of the front cover below to watch the book read aloud on youtube!

Black History Month Connections

We were inspired by Langston Hughes’ poems, Dreams and Snail. Click the link to look at the student work produced after reading DreamsOur Poems!


There are tons of recommendations for further readings you can do at home to celebrate Black History Month. Here are several you may want to explore:




Our New Writing Goals! by Slidely Slideshow

What problems will the bucket-fillers solve? They walked around the Ross neighborhood and honed in on 3 key differences that they noticed between their own lives and the lives of others.

  1. Where people live
  2. How people travel
  3. What people eat

If you and your family go on your own walk this weekend, snap a picture (or a selfie!) and email it to me. The children can share on Monday!

What do we notice that is different from our lives? What do we notice that is the same as our lives? by Slidely Slideshow

Do you hear your child talk about playing games with something called a Rekenrek? Here is a brief video to explain the concepts in math that those games are teaching.

Our first field trip is Thursday, October 6th. We are so excited to see a bilingual (Spanish and English) play at the Discovery Theatre.  Please pack your child a sack lunch in a disposable bag if possible. Ten chaperones will be accompanying each multi-age class. Please contact the room parents for any questions about field trips or chaperoning! The expectations for chaperones are outlined below. Thanks in advance for offering your time and energy!

Multi-Age Field Trip Chaperone Expectations
  • Plan to meet in the classroom at 8:40 for a 9:00am departure unless clarified otherwise by a room parent.
  • You will be assigned 2-3 children that you are responsible for in transit (not buses).
    • Those children must stay together, with you, the entire time in transit.
    • The children are to walk on the sidewalk. Please work with us to teach them manners and safety in public spaces and do not allow them to run, skip, walk on curbs, collect items off the ground, etc.
  • If a field trip uses a bus, we will most often askchaperones to meet us at the location of the event so that we do not have to pay for additional buses to accommodate parents.
  • Chaperones will leave with their students as soon as a small group of adults are there and their assigned children are prepared– most often we will not walk as an entire group.
  • We will all meet at the front entrance of the event (unless otherwise specified) to be sure everyone is accounted for at the event.
  • An information sheet with phone numbers, event location, and group assignments will be provided to you the day of the event.
  • Younger siblings may not attend field trips withchaperones.
  • Please be mindful of being distracted by cell phone usage.
  • Please refrain from buying food, drinks, and other treats for the group you are chaperoning.
  • Please be sure to supervise the children anytime they going to the bathroom or going to the water fountain. Children are not to be alone at any time.
  • When traveling on the metro, you will hold the DC One cards for the children you supervise. Upon returning from the field trip, please give them to the teacher or put them in a marked bin.

How might YOU protect the Liberty Bell? by Slidely Slideshow

Partner reading brings us closer together! by Slidely Slideshow

Click on the link to learn how to support your child’s phonics development at home!


The Super Star Bucket-Fillers are feeling good! by Slidely Slideshow

Math instruction has changed since we were kids in school! It can be difficult to know the best way to support your child’s math development. One district-wide initiative that has been made with the adoption of Eureka Math is counting “The Math Way” or with “Magic Math Fingers”. Check out this video to help your child practice at home. It’s tricky at first (I will be the very first to admit) but you’ll catch on fast– your children sure have!

Meet the Super Star Bucket-Fillers! by Slidely Slideshow