Sharing: Tiggers & Winnie the Poohs!
Meet Ms. U
This week we will meet Ms. U and her unusual umbrella. It is fun for the children to learn another vowel letter. How many words can your child think of that have /u/ as the vowel? For example: fun, run..... Bring in the list for extra credit!
Each week on Wednesday afternoon, we practiceCouncil. I am trained in Council and find it to be a truly bonding experience and one that allows the children to express themselves, and listen to each other. I have recently started using a pack of cards with discussion ideas called The Ungame. It is so interesting to hear the ideas that come out of a simple question. Last week the question was, "How would your mother describe you?" The children were so thoughtful and really listened to each other. We don't take notes during Council, but I wish I could have written down what the children said. Many said they would be described as kind, loving, caring, helpful, a good big sister/brother, and a hard worker. It is so nice to know the children have such positive self-images and I attribute that to all of you parents! Having a positive self-esteem is very necessary to school (and life) success! Keep up the good work and keep talking to your children about their thoughts and feelings. I really recommend The Ungame and it is available online and at many stores. Check it out!
I hope you all enjoyed the photo I sent last week of the children working in their math journals. They were all so engaged and incorporated so many Common Core Standards into a relatively simple math lesson. I was impressed with their creative thinking and how well they all worked together. One thing that is important to remember is that given time, the children will think and figure out the answers. We often "feed" children the answers before allowing them time to think it through. It is very important for children to learn to take time and think things through, to depend on themselves and to learn that they really can do more than they thought they could. If you ask a child a question, give them at least five minutes to think, ponder, strategize and solve the problem themselves. They might not come up with the answer or solution you want or expect, but it might be equally good or better! The best part is the pride and feeling of accomplishment they will feel having done it themselves.
On Sunday, March 1st from 6-7p.m. P.S.T., I am going to be interviewed on "On the Right Road" radio show on Bold Radio Station along with three other authors. The show will focus on helping kids truly find the love of reading. This is in conjunction with Read Across America Day, which is March 2nd. You can listen live on the website or from the website station's archives after the show.
Here is the link:www.boldradiostation.com and here is more about the show.
I am proud and excited to have been asked to participate and will mention some of the strategies from my book, How to Have the Best Super-Duper School Year Ever! I hope you will have a chance to listen.
Read Across America Day
You might wonder, what Read Across America Day is? It is a day devoted to the love of reading and sharing that love with as many children as you can. It is celebrated on Dr. Seuss' birthday, one of the most beloved authors of children and adults alike. Here is a little background information. We will be having a very special day in Room K on Monday, March 2nd so be on the lookout for a special "guest reader" sign up, or simply click on the link below.