“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
-- Ignacio Estrada

Monday, August 27, 2012

#GLRead12 ~ The Global Read Aloud 2012

Here is a quick video that provides a brief history of The Global Read Aloud 2012 and well as shows the books begin read aloud this year: Charlotte's Web and The One and Only Ivan.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We made it!!

We made it through the first full week of school!! 

The students (and teachers) handled the change in classroom routine well. I think the half day Kindergarteners are still trying to figure out while they are at school so long; however, they are getting used to the day. The request of "go to the bus" is getting a little later each day. We will be starting individual schedules as well as a class schedule this week so that should help with transitions.

In the afternoons this week, we will be starting our "rotation" schedule. For those of you who could not attend the curriculum night, the students will be a part of a rotation schedule where they will visit different classrooms for reading, fine motor, and gross motor activities. This is the first time that we have tried something like this so bear with us as we tweak the schedule. I think it has the possibility to create some great learning opportunities for the students! I am pretty excited about it!

Keep a lookout for homework! Please send homework back by the due date (sometimes the next day) so that students get their homework points.

This week, we will be starting to read Charlotte's Web in preparation for the Global Read Aloud event in October. Keep an eye out for activities relating to Charlotte's Web as well as homework to review our reading for the day. I will also be adding a Charlotte's Web tab at the top of the blog which will be the "go to" place for information about the book.

Lastly, I ask that your child wear gym shoes each day. We do a lot of gross motor activities within the classroom and in motor room. Gym shoes provide better support as well as are safer options during gross motor activities. We will also be going outside to work on safely accessing the playground equipment. Gyms shoes are a MUST on the playground due to the uneven surfaces and the mulch. Thanks for your cooperation with this matter!

If you have any questions, please call or email!!