3A Weekly Note

Dear 3A Parents,

We certainly had an exciting week, between finishing the play, casting it, and starting to block the scenes! By now you have surely seen the script and heard about your child’s various roles. Over the weekend - and every day until May 11 - your child should practice saying his or her lines loudly, slowly, and clearly. You can help by listening from the other side of a closed door, the opposite end of a long hall, or another floor in your house. You should be able to hear all the lines clearly! Many of the children seem interested in memorizing their parts, but this is NOT a requirement. It is perfectly fine for them to read from the script. It is more important to say the lines loudly and clearly and with expression than it is to have them memorized. There will be no written homework for the next two weeks to allow for lots and lots of time for practicing lines.

This week we have been reading poetry by Langston Hughes, and yesterday we started working on our poems for the Dream Flag Project. This is an international poetry and art project inspired by the dream poetry of Langston Hughes and the tradition of Nepalese prayer flags. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we’d love to see as many of you as possible at the Philadelphia Dream Flag Celebration on Saturday, May 13, at the National Constitution Center. The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with a variety of activities and performances being offered. For more information about the Project or the Celebration, please go to www.dreamflags.org

This weekend, ask your child...

  • What aspect of the play most excites you?
  • What did you learn about the names of the parts of a stage?
  • What was your first dream poem about?
  • What fraction game did you play this week?
  • Which environments did you take notes on from your science book?
  • What is an adaptation?
  • What are you doing for your shadow puppet project in art?

Enjoy the sunshine!

Miriam and Josh