Primary A Weekly Note

Dear Primary A Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  Primary A students returned to school excited to see their friends and teachers. During our Morning Meetings, we discussed pushing our "restart" engines in order to begin our school life again.  We took time to revisit our Community Agreements and discussed how important they are to help us show our “best selves” to everyone each and every day.  

In reading workshop we took some time to first have a discussion to remind ourselves about what reading to self during guided reading looks like and sounds like. We said it is important to find a “smart spot,” read “good fit” books, and use strategies when we are reading independently.  We agreed that the reason we do these things is to become “better readers.”  We then jumped back into reading workshop like we never had time off. We also started our new read aloud, Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. We did a before-reading activity to build excitement for the book.  We made some predictions using the funny picture on the cover of the book. 

In writing we took on brief writing projects. The first day back we described our wonderful winter break activities. The next day we revisited our hopes and dreams from the beginning of the year and wrote new goals for ourselves for the remainder of the year.  We also picked one or two of the published small moment narratives that a classmate wrote, read them carefully, and wrote a compliment for the “famous Pr A author.” We know that the specific comments made about our writing will help us grow as authors.

This week, ask me:

  • about Family Circles;
  • about our new read-aloud, Pippi Longstocking;
  • to think about how I can make my neighborhood better.  What types of things do I see in my neighborhood?  What makes it my home?

Have a restful weekend,

Cinda and Bernadette