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 BCD Blog|2019-01-02T09:55:34-05:00January 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 BCD Blog|2018-10-30T08:03:12-04:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Grade 1-2|Comments Off on Developing a love of reading
Friday was our 26th day of school. Your children have been working very hard and already are developing into capable young people. How do I know this? By the many things they do independently throughout the school day. Establishing routines early in the year, paves the way for their newfound sense of security to move about our classroom with ease and confidence.
When the children arrive in our classroom they have three tasks to perform. First is to sign-in on a clipboard indicating if they will be picked up by a parent, taking the bus or going to PM at dismissal time. Second, they read the Morning Message and answer the question at the bottom. Third, they go to the white board to learn what the Morning Work is for the day and they get to work!
Do they sometimes need a reminder or some help reading words? Of course they do, but they own the process and the routine. At Morning Meeting they sit together as a class, and under their own leadership, proceed through the steps of greeting each other, sharing, re-reading the Morning Message, filling-in our calendar and weather chart before reviewing our schedule for the day.
Thank you for getting your children to school by 8:10. As you can see, your children accomplish a great deal within the first hour! I look forward to talking with you all during Parent Conferences on November 1 and 2.
All the best,
By BCD Blog|2018-10-15T08:01:49-04:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Grade 1-2|Comments Off on Fostering Independence