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January to March

 

HOMEPAGE

JANUARY

Welcome back! Wishing you a beautiful 2015 filled with good health and lots of love.

We truly hope that one of your New Year's resolutions is to READ, READ, READ!!! To help you achieve your goal, we are setting aside lots of great titles. Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

January 15, 1929 - Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader

        

K4 & K5

JANUARY

Welcome back! This semester is very exciting. Our K-4 students will start checking out books to take home. This is a wonderful experience for them. 

We will be reviewing with K4 & K5 library citizenship and book manners during our first week. It is very important for children to continue learning how to care for books properly.

Please help your child remember to bring their books back on time. K-4 parents will receive a note with the assigned library day. Marking your calendar, and taping it to the fridge at your child's eye-level will certainly help. Also, please see that library books are carried inside the backpack. This will help keep books safe. 

We hope you have a great time reading together!!!

1ST GRADE

JANUARY

We will be reviewing library citizenship and book manners during our first week. It is very important for children to continue learning how to care for books properly.

In first grade, our students are showing responsibility  for their library books. They are also making good book selections according to their reading levels. Even though they are becoming more independent, they still need help remembering when they have library class. A good idea is to post library day on your refrigerator and encourage your child check it. This way they will remember to return their books on time.

Looking forward to a great semester!!!

2ND GRADE

JANUARY

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful vacation. During our first week of school we will be reviewing library citizenship and book manners. It is very important for children to be responsible with their library books.

Our second graders, are now independent readers! It is wonderful to see them making their book selections and recommending others titles that have been interesting to them. By this time of the year, students have become more knowledgeable  in locating fiction books as well as using call numbers in the chapter book and in the non-fiction sections.

We look forward to exciting semester!

  

 

 

March

FEBRUARY

We have started February with excitement! Lots and lots of reading awards being given at the PS Assembly. It is wonderful to see how many students are doing their nightly reading, filling out their Reading Logs and turning them in for count on day 6. Thank you parents for your continuous support!!!

For the coming weeks, we have a variety of activities and read-alouds. Our smaller students have already started to enjoy learning about animals. Meanwhile, our older ones are promoting reading as they share their books with their classmates in our "Bookworm Talk".

Happy reading and Happy Valentine's Day!!! 

 

K4&K5

We have been reviewing the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Our K4 students have been listening and seeing a beautiful story called Baby Polar by Yannick Murphy. This was a great chance to show them an e-Book on Follet Shelf. We also read Because I Love You So Much, by Guido Van Genechten. The following class, we read a non-fiction book called Baby Polar Bears by Bobbie Kalman. I was impressed to see how many facts they learned about this amazing mammal. 

       

Towards the middle of February, we began our Very Hungry Caterpillar activity to support this month's theme. We fed our character lots of food. Later, we saw how he became a beautiful butterfly!!!   

         

To continue supporting K4 students' vocabulary, this week we are readingMouse Mess by Linnea Riley. The children are enjoying this short story filled with colorful illustrations. By the way, every time we read this story, we confirm that Oreo cookies are everyone's favorites!

          

Our To K5 students had lots of fun seeing and listening to A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer. They enjoyed it so much, they keep asking me to read it again!! To contrast this story, we read Caring For Your Fish by Adele Richardson. Everyone seems very interested in learning  what to do to have healthy fish. 

        

We have started talking about a few important American children's literary awards. We began by reading "Up! Tall! and High! But not necessarily in that order", by Ethan Long, 2013 winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. "This prize is awarded to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in the United States during the preceding year". ALA News, 2013  This medal is named after the famous author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss. 

                

Another literary prize of great importance is the Caldecott Medal. It was named in honor of Raldolph Caldecott, an English illustrator of the XIX century. This Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most outstanding picture book for children in the United States every year. To give the children an idea of a Caldecott awarded book, I chose Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and magnificent pictures by Peter Brown.

        

FIRST GRADE

We have started February with a Book Talk. Our first graders have enjoyed sharing their books with their classmates. It has been a great opportunity to hear everyone in class talk about their favorite authors and characters. 

When children talk about their books, what their favorite parts were, what they felt, and what the characters were like,  others become encouraged to read them. When the books they have read are non-fiction, they feel motivated to tell the class what they have learned.  

It has been a great opportunity to promote reading!!

For Valentine's Day we read a very entertaining story by Kimberly and James Dean called Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool. All the children enjoyed hearing about the many special cats in Pete's life.

We have started talking about American literary prizes. One of great importance is the Caldecott Medal. It was named in honor of Raldolph Caldecott, an English illustrator of the 19th century. This Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most outstanding picture book for children in the United States every year. To give the students an idea of Caldecott awarded books, I chose two: Locomotive by Brian Floca, the 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner, a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book.

      

 

         

SECOND GRADE

In second grade, we have also started February with a Book Talk. Our students are having a great time sharing the books with their classmates. It has been a great opportunity to hear everyone in class talk about their favorite authors and characters. It is fascinating to learn about their interests.

When children talk about their books, why they chose them, what they felt, and what connections they made,  others are captivated and want to read them. When the books they have read are non-fiction, they love to tell the class what they have learned.  

It has been a great opportunity to promote reading!!

                    

For Valentine's Day we read a very entertaining story by Kimberly and James Dean called Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool. All the children enjoyed hearing about the many special cats in Pete's life.

We have started talking about American literary prizes. One of great importance is the Caldecott Medal. It was named in honor of Raldolph Caldecott, an English illustrator of the 19th century. This Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most outstanding picture book for children in the United States every year. To give the students an idea of Caldecott awarded books, I chose two: Locomotive by Brian Floca, the 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner, a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book.

      

This month we have lots of events going on! We are starting by celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Kids are enjoying learning about his life and going over some of his most funny and creative books. 

 

On March 4th, we will be celebrating World Read Aloud Day. We are getting prepared to see lots of our favorite characters walking around campus.

On March 13th, our Used Book Fair will begin. We will be hosting it at the Primary Library. We have received amazing books. Thank you very much for your generosity and continuous support!

March 17th...Happy Saint Patrick's Day!                 

 

FEBRUARY- MARCH   

K4&K5   

To support the K4 students' new theme, this week we are reading Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley. The children are enjoying this short story filled with colorful illustrations. By the way, every time we read this story, we confirm that Oreo cookies are everyone's favorites!

          

To continue supporting our Kinder 4 students' vocabulary, we are now reading  an amazing folktale retold by Won-Ldy Paye & Margaret H. Lippert, called The Talking Vegetables.

We have started talking about a few important American children's literary awards. We began by reading "Up! Tall! and High! But not necessarily in that order", by Ethan Long, 2013 winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. "This prize is awarded to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in the United States during the preceding year". ALA News, 2013  This medal is named after the famous author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss. 

                

Another literary prize of great importance is the Caldecott Medal. It was named in honor of Raldolph Caldecott, an English illustrator of the XIX century. This Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most outstanding picture book for children in the United States every year. To give the children an idea of a Caldecott awarded book, I chose Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and magnificent pictures by Peter Brown.


        

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday we are reading a short biography by Charlotte Guillain. The students get really excited when they see what this great author and illustrator looked like. 

FIRST GRADE

 

FEBRUARY - MARCH                                                  

We have started talking about American literary prizes. One of great importance is the Caldecott Medal. It was named in honor of Raldolph Caldecott, an English illustrator of the 19th century. This Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most outstanding picture book for children in the United States every year. To give the students an idea of Caldecott awarded books, I chose two: Locomotive by Brian Floca, the 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner, a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book. 

      

We are watching several videos, where famous illustrators explain what inspired them to draw the pictures which led them to win a Caldecott Honor or Medal. The trailer on Locomotive gives us an overview of  the story. We also watched an interview where Brian Floca shows the steps he followed to illustrate this story based on America's early railroads.

Another great video the students have enjoyed watching is the making of Mr. Wuffles. In this short interview David Wiesner explains how he crated this wordless adventure.

 

SECOND GRADE

               

FEBRUARY - MARCH

We have started talking about American literary prizes. One of great importance is the Caldecott Medal. It was named in honor of Raldolph Caldecott, an English illustrator of the 19th century. This Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the most outstanding picture book for children in the United States every year. To give the students an idea of Caldecott awarded books, I chose two: Locomotive by Brian Floca, the 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner, a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book. 

      

In a few weeks, the 2nd grade students will be starting a research project with their homeroom teachers. During this week, we are learning what a SEARCH ENGINE is. We have four safe databases that our students can work with. As they use them, they will discover what a great tool these are for research. I truly hope the children can start practicing at home to become experts on this field of study. 

          

 

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