As our third full week of school comes to a close, routines are feeling solid, students are navigating the school day with a sense of purpose and confidence, and our class is becoming a trusting community of thinkers and friends. This morning we met in Family Groups, and, while some students were a little tentative about leaving our classroom, everyone came back with a smile and a new group of friends. This afternoon a handful of brave classmates presented speeches to the class about why they would make a great Student Council representative. Classmates cheered, praised, and supported our speech makers. We are so impressed with everyone’s attitude.
This week we launched our Writing Workshop and worked on “small moments” writing. Students zoomed in on a tiny thing that happened to them or that they do, such as eating breakfast, reuniting with a parent at the end of the day, or the time "my teacher spilled markers on my head"! Over the next few weeks we will build our writing stamina by thinking of the many ways we can write a story (thinking of an idea, planning our story with pictures and words, and finally, writing it in a booklet). The energy and enthusiasm over RWW (Reading Writing Workshop) is high.
We continued to dig into our science study by constructing parachutes from paper napkins, string, and stickers. Students observed how air moves parachutes by contemplating which direction the wind/air is pushing or blowing from. We observed the air while at The Schuylkill Center and even learned how to identify a sassafras tree. Ask your child to tell you about their trunks and leaves.
We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday, October, for Back-to-School Night. There’s a TPSA meet-and-greet in the Garage beginning at 5:30 p.m. We’ll meet you in our classroom at 6:40 p.m.
Jennifer and Jane