The Grade 1 and 2 Service Learning project swung into full gear today. After identifying our project back in October as The Apple Problem and learning basic facts about apple trees, today we moved to action. This afternoon, the children embarked on letter writing. First, we read Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s picture book The Jolly Postman. This got us thinking about letters and how we can use them to seek information from experts by asking them questions that may help us solve the Apple Problem. After identifying who these people may be, such as orchard farmers and arborists, we filled three sheets of chart paper with questions ranging from “What do you do with all the apples that fall to the ground, rot and get mushy?” to “How do you know if your apple trees are healthy or not?”
The children then worked with a partner to write a letter in which they had to:
*explain why they were writing
*pose 3-4 specific questions
*thank the experts for their time
Our next task will be to edit the letters, write final copies, sign them and address the envelopes.
We promise to keep you posted as we move closer to solving The Apple Problem!
The winter months are busy ones here in the 1/2 classroom. I often refer to January, February and March as “crunch time”. A great deal of work gets done during this time period. With Ski Fridays replacing afternoon academic time, we find ourselves with our noses to the grindstone. Intense work across the curriculum leaves little time for free choice during our days. So please make sure your child has enough food to sustain them throughout the day and be forewarned that they may come home quite tired.
This winter our science unit will have us studying bears. January is our month to learn lessons in courage for Social Studies. On top of the continued work we do in math, reading, and writing, this year’s class has made an additional request. So enamored with our afternoon read-aloud The World of Pooh (which includes both A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner), we will be taking two of the children’s favorite chapters and making them into mini-plays. So there will be lines to learn and movements to memorize. Although very informal, there will be a performance here in the classroom for all of you. Details to be determined – stay tuned!
Report cards come out later this month. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
As always, thank you for sharing your children with all of us here at BCD!
By Kay Lindsay|2019-01-02T09:55:34+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Grade 1-2|Comments Off on Wintertime in the 1/2 Classroom
Developing a love of reading
Developing a love of reading is something we work towards in the Grade 1/2 classroom. Although not every child is going to love reading, my hope is that every child develops at least an appreciation of reading. Fortunately, this year’s class is filled with children who love books of all kinds and who love to read. From the nonfiction books about volcanoes, which prompted many thoughtful questions in social studies, to the always popular children’s books like Miss Nelson is Missing, to our end-of-day read-aloud, The World of Pooh… The words we read spark images, the images spark imaginations, and new worlds open up our hearts. All day, every day, we are surrounded by books, including books that we have written.
Ways to Foster a Love of Reading at Home
* Read aloud to your children as often as possible.
* Keep books of all kinds in your home. Children who grow up surrounded by books tend to become lifelong readers. It is said that a home without books is like a house without windows.
* Model reading whenever you can, by sharing what you read with your children: online news, recipes, a local newspaper, or even a piece of mail.
A few days ago, two students walked across the room with their noses in their books. We were transitioning from reading time to music class, yet they just couldn’t stop reading. It was one of those moments that teachers of young children hope for, and it is one that all of us can help to create.
All the best,
By Kay Lindsay|2018-10-30T08:03:12+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Grade 1-2|Comments Off on Developing a love of reading