- friends and strength
- a reading, thinking, and muscle potion
- for all of us to love each other
- Colleen and Katie
- to be able to play in the dress-up corner
- love and care
- calm classroom
- to work hard
- to have more time at our desk
- to be able to play
- friends all year
- hugs, love, and to feel safe
- seeds to plant in the garden
- new markers for the writing center
- to have fun and friends
- lots of friends
- our friends to not laugh and make fun of us
- more time to play and friends
- our parents
- to be respectful
We spent the last two days sharing our hopes and dreams for the school year. During table time this morning each learner drew a detailed picture of their wish for the 2013-14 academic year. I was very touched by their sincere and thoughtful hopes and dreams for the year. Our class has already begun to develop a calm and loving way of interacting. This is quite impressive for the 6th day of school.
Here is a list of their hopes and dreams for the school year… (these are their exact words)
- planting in the garden
- learn more math
- learn about roll-n-write
- learn how to cook
- learn how to make good friends
- learn how to be polite
- learn how to read
- to have a calm classroom
- to have a carpool with Ian
- that we can play with legos everyday
- that we have a wonderful class play
- that we can take Samantha (our class guinea pig) home for the weekend
Our next step is to discuss what type of classroom environment we will create that allows us to explore, learn, and grow.
During math time this morning we learned the mathematical names for pattern blocks. Here is the list of the pattern block names:
The attached photos are pictures of their pattern block designs. The last photo is a picture of the paper they will work on tomorrow during math time.
After the kinders went home the first graders learned about roll-n-write. It is a math game that involves rolling a dice to learn about addition, and subtraction. It eventually moves onto multiplication and even division. Another benefit of this math activity is each child is able to work at their own individual level.
After lunch they learned about the listening center and they ended their day with first grade PE.
Today we enjoyed our first art lesson. We read the wonderful book Beautiful Oops and talked about how there are no mistakes in art. We also read The Dot, a story about a girl who thinks she can’t draw, who after some encouragement from her art teacher starts putting dots on paper, and realizes she’s an artist. We then made our own versions of “dots” with pastel and/or paint, learning about how to take care of our art materials as we worked.
Another highlight of the day was reading A Frog Thing, a story about a little frog who really wants to learn how to fly and eventually does with the help of some bird friends. The learners drew a picture and wrote about things that they’d like to learn to do this year. There were wonderful answers such as “I want to learn to read so I can read a book to my new baby brother or sister” and “I want to learn to go across the monkey bars.”
We have had two wonderful days together in room 10. Yesterday after you all left we had our first class meeting and then I read them the book “First Day Jitters.” Then we spent the morning learning about snack time, pencil boxes, and recess. After recess we had a tour of the school and free choice. After the kinders went home the first graders created different shapes and designs with pattern blocks. After lunch we read the book “The Night Before First Grade” and then they each wrote about their first day of school.
Today we reviewed the many things we learned about on Tuesday and we had a very special visit from Ron (my husband) he read them one of our new books “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” After recess we had our first lesson in the garden and it was quite magical to be in the garden for the very first time with your precious children. I went to a week-long educator gardening camp this summer on how to incorporate the garden into our curriculum. It felt so wonderful for me to get started on my journey of learning about gardening and the earth together with your learners. Our first lesson was spent exploring and observing. Then we sat down and made a list of what we will learn about in the garden this year. Your learners came up with an extensive list here are some of their ideas:
We will plant and water seeds, watch the seeds grow, and eat what grows. Our class discussion went well and it was all done while sitting on the earth amongst the trees, flowers, birds, vines, and dirt. Then we made a list of agreements that we agreed to follow when we are in the garden each week.
- play safely, walk, and be calm
- listen to our educators
- be kind, loving, and friendly to the garden and each other
After our lesson in the garden we had our first music lesson with Ruth. The learners had so much fun singing songs and clapping out the syllables in their names. We ended our second day of school with an all school assembly. The topic was meeting the CLC educators and hearing about their hopes and dreams for the school year.
I have truly enjoyed these past two days with your precious children. I plan to start the discussion of what our hopes and dreams are for the school year tomorrow. This is always a special project, it gives all of us a chance to reflect on what matters to each of us socially, emotionally, and academically.
Katie and I appreciate all that you have done to get our school year off to such a wonderful beginning.
Colleen and Katie