Whisper Phones, A.K.A. “Those Pipe Things”

What is a whisper phone?  It’s a simple device used so children can hear themselves reading aloud while keeping the volume in the classroom low enough so everyone can still hear.  You can buy them at teaching supply stores for about $10 apiece.

Or, you can head to your local hardware store for something that works just as well at a much more affordable cost: pvc pipe!  There are a few different types of pieces that work, but the piece called a “P-trap” has a solid u-shaped piece that works very well.

An example of what they look like at Lowe’s: Pipes

An example of what they look like with children: Whisper phones for kids

The kids LOVED being able to hear themselves so clearly in class and we will continue to practice with them as we read. You could even test one out as you finish reading for your March Book-It form!

Merry Christmas!

Dear Families,

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thank you for all of the holiday gifts and the gifts of service: many of you have given hours of time to our classroom as volunteers at school, with the PTO, and in cutting out sight words or tearing out workbook pages so thank you! You have tirelessly practiced skills with your children and turned in homework and they are making great gains.  We are seeing awesome things happen every day and we couldn’t do it without your help.  Have a restful holiday break, wonderful family celebrations, and don’t forget to do some reading along the way 🙂

Merry Christmas and see you in 2016,

Miss Tucker


Dear Families,

Many children liked our homemade fresh applesauce today, so I wanted to pass along this very simple recipe.

What we used:

27 fresh-picked apples (peels on)

1 stick of butter (so they didn’t burn)

1 tablespoon of cinnamon (season to taste)

1 cup of apple cider (use water if you don’t have cider)

  • Wash & cut the apples
  • Put the butter & cinnamon in a crock pot-stir
  • Add the apples
  • Mash the apples every hour
  • Serve once they are hot & squished

Obviously, for home, you won’t likely be making a full crock pot with 27 apples worth but for most of our class, this no-sugar applesauce was yummy! You can also make homemade applesauce on the stove using the same method and boiling down the apples until soft.  A few children were not thrilled with ours but they tried a bite to see if they liked it still.

Happy Thoughts of the Week

Hello Families,

As our 14th day of school comes to and end, here are some happy thoughts and thank you items from me:

  • Everyone has been very proactive about returning materials on time–whether it is homework, Pride Stride money, volunteer calendars, answers to questions, it is all coming back quickly.  This helps tremendously.
  • We had volunteers this week!  Thank our wonderful parents who began coming in for center time this week.  It was busy but the children loved centers and are begging to do them again!
  • We are getting better at the routine in school.  We have a long way to go with talking at appropriate times and line walking, but we are getting a lot better at coming to the carpet and getting started in the mornings.
  • Some families chose to order books so we are getting a free dinosaur easy reader book pack with our order this month and $10 more in free books next month! $10 might not seem like a lot but it can often be worth 5 books with Scholastic.
  • We have shared 1/3 of our All About Me bags!  We will share more as we get better and better at listening skills.
  • We had a lot of participation in our color days!  We have three left: Monday-Brown, Tuesday-Rainbow, Wednesday-Pink (optional: we have 17 boys this year and many of them have told me they do not have any pink).
  • We are doing great at naming letters and counting!

Have a good weekend and don’t forget to read together,

Miss Tucker


Hello Families,

I am attaching the volunteer calendar here Volunteer calendar sept but will also send it home with your children tomorrow.  If you would like to volunteer, please write your name on any date (s) for which you are interested.  If you would like to volunteer for a take-home project, simply let me know which September weekend you would be interested in doing so.  I will send out a finalized calendar on this Friday.

Box Tops

Hello Families,

You will get a note from PTO after their first meeting next week, September 16th, but I have had a few questions about Box Tops for Education.  We do collect them and they help us earn free books for our school library.  We do sometimes have class contests that give us prizes like extra recess time or fun new pencils and when we know about those, I will let you know.  If you would like to send in box tops, trim them and send them in your child’s green folder.

Our PTO is an awesome group and their website can be found at: http://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/schools/elementary-schools/erie/pto/


Have a great day!

Miss Tucker