Get to Know Mrs. Wiel
Name: Connie Wiel
B.A. in Music Education, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC (Go Bulldogs!)
This is my 30th year teaching. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades, but the majority of my time has been in second. I have also supervised student teachers as an adjunct faculty member at UNC-Asheville and MTSU.
My husband, Randy, and I have been married for 33 years. He is a mostly retired basketball coach who substitute teaches because he enjoys the kids (and it keeps him from having to do as much yard work). We have one son, Zander, who is a 2015 graduate of Vanderbilt University (Go Commodores!). He played first base on Vanderbilt's 2014 College World Series Championship team (Go Commodores!) and is now with the Minnesota Twins organization pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball.
I love to travel. I have been to 46 states (all but North and South Dakota, Oregon, and Alaska) and four continents (North America, South America, Europe, and Africa). I enjoy scuba diving, although I haven't had time to do much of it lately. I spend much of my free time (i.e., summers) reading. I enjoy many of the dramas on TV (all that NCIS/Law and Order type stuff) and, of course, Hallmark movies. My very favorite thing to do, though, is watch
Zander play baseball. Get ready. You'll hear lots of Zander stories from your kids as the season rolls around.
I've listed some books characters for your child to make friends with throughout the year. Also, please be sure to give them the opportunity to read nonfiction,. Some children will get interested in a subject and want to read everything they can about it. More power to them!!!
These books vary in difficulty. If you are unsure, just have your child read a little and see if you they they can handle it. We will work soon to establish more specific reading levels. Just remember, the children will not grow as much if the book is too easy or too hard. But most of all, they will not grow if they don't read. Don't try to push them into something they are not interested. Help them find something they want to read!
Henry and Mudge
Tacky the Penguin
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Black Lagoon Books
The Boxcar Children
Baby Sitter's Little Sister
Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House
Bailey School Kids
Fudge (Judy Blume character)
Beezus, Ramona, Henry Huggins (Beverly Cleary characters)
"I Survived" series
Math Lines - This is my very favorite site for practicing math facts. It helps reinforce subtraction as well as addition. http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-math-lines/
Math Magician - This is a great site for practicing math facts in an organized way. http://resources.orwego.org/games/mathmagician/mathsadd.html
Interactive Reading Websites (Variety of sites here) http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/interact-read.htm
These will read the stories to your child as they read along:
Across the Curriculum
FunBrain.com - Reading, math, and just plain fun
Print your own worksheets - provides practice all across the curriculum - you choose the topic and the level, and print worksheets to practice the topic
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/ - This site provides skill practice through all grade levels.Select skills and grade level. Some activities are better than others. You'll just have to play to find things you like.