Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
We feel sure that once the students are able to use the words in writing that they are part of the student's vocabulary! Woo hoo!
Posted by dayle timmons at 10:22 AM
Monday, December 8, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Today we said our final farewells to our little Australian mate. He has been with our class for a year and half but this month his father is returning to duty in his native homeland of Australia. We have learned so much from this environmentally conscious young man who wants to save the sharks in the ocean.
It's such a gift to have children from other countries spend time in our classroom. Sometimes our classroom feels like the United Nations. Several children have visited family out of the country and several more come from families that are newly American and speak a second language at home. It's a great experience for the children to learn from all of these different cultures because what they generally learn is that are more alike than different and that is a message that will stay with them through adulthood. At this time of year, we are feeling especially blessed!
Posted by dayle timmons at 7:53 PM
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Posted by dayle timmons at 9:27 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Partnerships have always been a very important part of Readers' Workshop. Partners support retelling which creates great discussions about characters and setting among many other facets of a book. The really amazing thing about reading partners is how they become coaches to each other. Partners listen to each other's mistakes and when something doesn't sound right they remind one another to try it again, which also builds fluency. Not only do these partnerships teach children to become better readers but the children also learn the love of reading.
Posted by Mrs. Ruark at 8:54 AM
Monday, November 3, 2014
With five fearless moms we started out on our walking field trip to Publix! It really was a beautiful day! What an adventure! Here we are ready to cross Hodges Boulevard.
We were met at Publix by Ms. Marilyn, a native of Haiti. She was our tour guide.
We had a tour of the deli and ate bread and ham. Delish! And then it was on to the fruits and veggies and we had apple slices and learned about plantains, mangos, coconuts and many of the fruits grown in the Caribbean. We toured the dairy area and then the meats before we finished. We LOVE Publix!
Then it was home again, home again! Don't you love our purple tie-dyed shirts. Thanks to our fabulous moms for rubber banding them to be tie-dyed and to the parent who furnished the gift card to buy the dye! We were purpilicious!
Posted by dayle timmons at 9:03 PM