How this year flew by! Looking at the children today, I can vividly recall classroom life back in September and am so delighted with what I see in front of me now. So much of their growth can be seen tangibly: there’s a whole raft of independent writers, most everyone has learned to zip their jackets, scribblers now make detailed representational drawings, and everyone’s counting skills have improved dramatically. Less visible, but no less impressive, is their emotional growth and maturity. We have had many discussions on surprisingly deep topics. They have twenty or more poems solidly memorized – beautiful and elegant words that now live inside them. They ask to hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at lunch, and never tire of listening. They celebrate each other’s achievements and offer each other support in sad times. These children care for one another, and they’ve learned to take care of each other as well – a truly compassionate group.
Here are photos of some recent classroom highlights: Mme. Daire brought her 8thgrade French students over to read stories they had written. Especially fun for me was to see former Kindergartners Anje, Aurora, Chase, and Keely reading to this current class!
We make number sentences all sorts of different ways. These are interlocking tiles.
We’ve practiced cutting with scissors all year. Look at those fancy mustaches!
Rainbow Day was fun too!
Writing continues to be a popular activity. Lately the children have been writing books together, and then sharing them aloud with the class.
Can this really be the last blog?? I’ve had such a fabulous year with your children. I wish all a wonderful and restful summer, and look forward to seeing you again in the fall!
Yesterday was yet another example of the loving and supportive student-community that exists here at Berkshire Country Day School.
The 8th grade French class read-aloud their original short-stories, the final project in their 8th grade French curriculum, which they composed entirely in French, to the TK/Kindergarten class.
It was an adorable show of affection from the oldest students in the school in front of their young peers. The 8th graders came to life in front of the class, animating their stories and sharing the excitement of what was happening in their novellas with the Kindergarten, helping them to understand through intonation and by showing their artwork, to then explain the storyline English after they had completed reading aloud.
Each 8th grader shared the moral of their story, important life lessons like the importance of saying thank you, to never giving up on a dream, to not taking things without asking, to fostering an adventurous spirit.
There were tales of a rabbit and farmer forming a friendship over the creation of a carrot patch, a lonely shark who finally makes a friend at his school under the sea, a frog who couldn’t jump but realized he was really good at running, and an unlikely friendship formed between a mouse and a baker sharing a cherry pie.
I am extremely proud of the effort and care that the 8th graders put into their stories.
Please take the opportunity to see the stories displayed on the board between the two language classrooms in the Ryan building!
*Check out the BCD Flickr page for more pictures of the students reading aloud.
By Mary Daire| 2018-05-30T08:55:31+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Grade 8, Kindergarten|Comments Off on 8th grade French class read-aloud to Kindergarten