Back to school is in full swing this year! We start off the year with some ice breaker activities, and reminiscing about our summer.
This also the time we put our routines into place.
This begins with daily routines: calendar, rules, schedule.We meet here every day before math to talk about the day, the week, the month and the year. We count our days of school. We record the weather daily.
We also establish our learning community. Together we learn about each other and share details about our families and our friends. Things we like and dislike. We begin to become friends and neighbors.
We do this through literature. Some of the titles about caring and friendship we read together are Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline, Amber Brown Get Ready for 2nd Grade by Paula Dazinger, Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler, First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books by Diane deGroat, Yoko by Rosemary Wells.
Focus lessons are taught on the rug during Phonics, Reader’s Workshop, Math Workshop, Writer’s Workshop, Social Studies and Science. Here is where the majority of our learning happens. Mini lessons last between 15-20 minutes followed by independent practice and share out. Students in our school go to special classes once a day: PE/ Health, Art, Skills, Technology, and Literature.
We also spend a lot of time in September talking about the school rules of TONE. T= Talk it out, O= Own your own behavior, N= Nurture Feelings, E= Enjoy learning. Our class did exceptionally well as earning TONE raffle tickets this month and already had several students when the school wide and televised weekly TONE raffle! Congratulations!