The first grade students are working very hard to do the final touch-ups on their personal experience stories for the writing celebration on Monday, October 10. The theme of this celebration is Best So Far. The Small Moment unit has given the teachers an opportunity to convey an appreciation for the little moments in the lives of the children and recognizing that each child has many stories to tell! The students are very excited to share their work as authors and illustrators! Parents will begin the celebration in the library with Donna Carrara at 8:15 for a brief introduction.
The entire first grade class gathered together to explore the new outdoor classroom. A few days later, children were placed in groups of four and assigned one station. Each group was given an iPad to document elements of their station. The photos were used to illustrate the station. These group efforts were then placed on a hallway bulletin board to replicate the outside classroom. Careful attention was paid to the placement of each station drawing so the project serves as a map to others. Please stop by and take a look on Back to School Night!
This week the teachers invited all the first grade students to think about what they might want to accomplish this year. These learning goals are called “Hopes & Dreams” and displayed in each classroom. We refer to the goals when we construct a list of classroom expectations, discussing how each member of our classroom can help others with their learning goal. Please be sure to take a look at your child’s Hope & Dream when you are in the classroom at Back to School Night.
It was a wonderful week in first grade! Old friends got reacquainted and some new friendships began. The classrooms were explored, routines practiced, and special classes visited. Our first graders participated in Responsive Classroom meetings that included greeting one another, sharing news, playing activities, and reading morning messages together. A friendship activity that all first graders did was a survey. Each child interviewed classmates to find out preferences such as; who likes ice cream, likes to read, likes baseball, likes cookies, to swim, etc. We are off to a great start building our classroom communities and the grade as a whole.