Dear Primary D Families,
It’s been a wonderful week of learning and fun in Primary D. The children are coming together as a classroom community, and we appreciate their collective enthusiasm and good nature.
This week the children worked together to come up with classroom rules for a safe and friendly classroom where everyone can learn and play. The children will have many opportunities to review and practice our rules throughout the year to better understand what they look, sound, and feel like in everyday classroom life.
This morning at Encuentro we listened to middle schoolers present their Student Council speeches. The children enjoyed hearing all the great ideas that the students have for improving different aspects of our school. We cast our ballots and are looking forward to learning who will make up this year’s Student Council.
The emphasis of our reading lessons this week has been practicing independent reading with good-fit books. One of the most important things children can do to become better readers is to read books at their independent level. Good-fit books are ones that fit the child’s purpose, interest, and ability to comprehend the material. We look for good-fit books using the acronym I PICK.
I choose a book.
Purpose - Why do I want to read it?
Interest - Does it interest me?
Comprehension - Do I understand what I am reading?
Know - Do I know most of the words?
The children practiced “shopping” for books on their own this week. Through sharing and practice, the children will become skillful at choosing books that are “just right.”
At The Schuylkill Center on Wednesday we launched our Air and Weather study. We spent the morning with Primary B at Founder’s Grove, where we played and ate lunch. In the afternoon we hiked to the apple orchard area, where we had a lesson on making scientific observations. We introduced science notebooks, and the children worked hard to carefully record what they noticed. They focused on using multiple senses to describe their environment.
We look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, October 5. There’s a TPSA meet-and-greet in the Garden and Garage beginning at 5:30 p.m. We’ll meet you in our classroom after that. If you have any questions, email them to us ahead of time so we can address them that night. There’s more information to come next week, including a Doodle poll sign-up for November conferences.
Questions you can ask your child:
- How are your classroom expectations going to help you learn and have fun?
- What observations did you make at The Schuylkill Center?
- Why is Read to Self an important time of day?
- What kinds of books do you have in your book bin?
Have a lovely weekend!
Niké and Ben