Ms. Turner and Mrs. Leland’s
Fabulous First Graders
October 31, 2012
A HUGE thank you to all the parents who answered our cry for help and volunteered to attend the field trip yesterday! The student’s first foray into interviewing and filming went amazingly well, no doubt due to your presence and guidance. It is amazing how much the students have grown in just 3 visits to Queen Anne Manor. They now walk in comfortably, look around for a senior citizen to talk to, and begin the interviews on their own. The students even asked thoughtful follow up questions to learn more. As a class, we are indeed beginning to figure out “what’s the past got to do with it?”
As we mentioned on Curriculum Night, we employ a balanced literacy strategy known as “The Daily Five.” This program is a way to structure our literacy block to be sure that students get all the elements necessary to become strong readers and writers over the course of a week. One of the beautiful things about this method is that it involves student choice, and we all know students learn more and are more engaged when they have a say in their learning. The students are beginning to get “lost” in their writing and reading, which is so gratifying to witness!
Roots of Empathy:
The students had their first visit with Baby Jack last week and did an excellent job observing what Jack is able to do at the ripe old age of 2 months. This week we focused on emotions so that we can better understand how Jack is feeling in future visits.
Kristi Leland & Amanda Turner
class phone: 206.252.2516