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

Sunday, December 1, 2013

October/November Wrap-up

Happy Halloween ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

I think that we would all agree that the past couple months have just flown by!! We have been pretty busy in Room 220. In October, we finished up the Global Read Aloud activities and had fun at our Fall Festival Parties. We were very excited to be able to 'skype' with another classroom, Room 7, from a school in Cleveland where a friend of mine teaches. To say that the students enjoyed the activity would be an understatement....they LOVED it. The students were excited to see into another classroom and were very attentive when those students were sharing their 'mixed up chameleon' creations. We created our own mixed up chameleons too and some of the students were able to share them as well. 

In addition to 'skyping' with Room 7, we also had the opportunity to skype with a college children's literacy class from Arizona. Again, the students amazed me with their attention as a couple of the college students and the professor read a couple Eric Carle books. Some of the students even shared their mixed up chameleons again. I will be working on more 'skyping' opportunities for after the first of the year. 

The students have been working really hard in reading these past couple months. We really have been focusing on the standards of listening to text and being able to answer questions about the text. Please reinforce this skill at home as you read with your child. I often send home visuals for each of the books/themes which you can use to give your child choices or help support their verbal answers. If there is a book your child really enjoys and you would like visual to go along with it, let me know and I can send them home.

I will be posting the December newsletter this week. I will also send a hard copy home as well. There are going to be some changes ofter the first of the year. We will be starting a new curriculum. I will create a separate post about what that will look like and how our classroom might look a little different after the first of the year.

~ Melanie

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