I missed posting last week, so this will be a blog post full of pictures! We have had a busy 4 weeks of school getting settled in to routines, expectations, and schedules. We have a great group of students who are each working on their own individual challenges. Together, though, they are a community of learners.
During reading and writing time Ms. M has been getting to know students and reviewing concepts that lots of students worked on last year. Her structure to writing time is similar to last year where students are given a prompt each day to write about in their writing journal. Although, she has also been setting aside some time one day per week to do some direct instruction around writing. Students have been learning about punctuation, capitalizing letters, and how to structure their sentences. Her structure to reading time involves whole group review games, small group games, and now moving towards individual reading time. During math time Ms. Davis has been doing center-based math with students. One center involves using math manipulatives to build or create, allowing students to explore geometric concepts. Another center involves direct work with Ms. Davis learning a math skill or practicing a math skill using a game. The final center typically utilizes technology to practice math skills.
Art - Students have continued working with clay. This pieces will all be put in the kiln at the same time, so they are not yet ready to come home.
PE - Students who have shown readiness to walk off-campus are able to access biking during one of our weekly PE classes while the other students are able to do yoga. During the other weekly PE class students have continued to play cooperative games and practice balloon games.
Music - Students have continued to explore rhythm and were able to play different drums and rhythm instruments.
Enrichment - Students continue to explore centers. In the past two weeks those centers have included dominos, creation station, Turning Tiles, building a river ecosystem, and Legos.
Library - Students are settling into the routine of library time. They typically listen to a read aloud, do a brief activity related to the read aloud, pick out library books, and then do a quiet activity or look at their books until library time is over.
Spanish - Students have been reviewing a lot of the Spanish words and phrases we learned last year.