Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Our Used Book Sale was a tremendous success. There are still some great titles for sale. Come take a peek! We will be using the profits to buy new releases throughout our next school year.
The winners of our contest are:
K4: Tatiana and Maria V's Class K5: Lisa and Paola's Class
In 1st and 2nd Grade we have a tie...
1st Grade: Nina and Adriana's class AND Paula and Evi's class
2nd Grade:Catherine and Sylvia's class AND Carissa and John's class
Parties will be scheduled with the classroom teachers.
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Easter vacation. We are now ready to slide into the last months of our school year. During April, we will READ, READ, READ with all our primary students!
On April 23rd we will be commemorating World Book Day, so mark your calendars and set aside a time to continue reading. AT 12:40 P.M. WE WILL HAVE DEAR TIME!!! DROP EVERYTHING AND READ UNTIL 1:00P.M. PREPARE YOUR BOOK AND ENJOY!!!
Keep in mind that FILBO, Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogota, will be taking place from April 21 to May 4 at Corferias. Don't miss it!!
KINDER 4: During April we will start reading about different kinds of homes.How A House Is Built by Gail Gibbons will be our first book. Children will see that houses can have different shapes and sizes and be built with diverse materials. We will be taking a look at various shelters from the past, as well.
This week, we began reading Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Our students have come with lots of ideas to help the planet everyday.
During the last weeks of April, we will start a new unit: Transportation!! We are not just reading but singing Down by the Station, illustrated by Jess Stockham. This big book has colorful and fun pictures which help support K4 vocabulary.
KINDER 5: With our students, we will be practicing the alphabet. It is very important for them to begin understanding that library books are placed on the shelves in ABC order. Learning this library skill will make them more independent during their book search.
This week we have continued working on the alphabet. Children are doing an amazing job filling in the letters and coloring a worksheet that helps increase their library skills.
After finishing with the alphabet practice, we are moving into another very important theme: Earth Day! Becoming aware that it is essential to take care of our planet is vital. I am pleased to see how much the children want to work towards making Earth a better place. We are reading Earth Day, Every Day by Lisa Bullard.
Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on April 2, 1805. This magnificent author is famous around the world for writing fairy tales. The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, andThe Little Match Girl are some of his most notorious ones. He died in Copenhagen on August 4, 1875.
During this month we will be doing an author study. I have chosen Beatrix Potter whose stories and characters have captivated children and adults around the world for decades. In some of our classes, we have already started reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Some students know this story and enjoy listening to it again while those who have not, seem fascinated by it.
I will be surprising our first graders week after week with interesting presentations and activities.
During this week the students have started enjoying Beatrix Potter's biography. They are very excited to learn about this author and illustrator.
We are continuing with our author study this week. The students seem to be enjoying The Tale of Piggling Bland on video very much.
This is a month filled with new activities and learning. To begin, students will be taking notes for the first time from a book called Animals With Backbones by Elaine Pascoe. We will be accomplishing this task in two sessions. The purpose is to help our students learn this skill as well as begin teaching them to summarize and paraphrase. Some of our second graders already started this lesson and I must say their performance has been remarkable. We are working together with the classroom teachers during this unit since they will be starting a Guided Research project on Vertebrates.
To finish our Guided Reading unit, we will be talking about the importance of giving credit to the authors of the sources we use. Students will be filling in a short bibliography form and add it to their notes from the past classes. Additionally children will be adding on a bubble map the characteristics they learned from the book Animals With Backbones by Elaine Pascoe.
Amazing! Only a few weeks left of school. Time does fly. During the month of May we will be having our Annual Book Fair once again. Please join us on May 27, 28, and 29. New and exciting titles will be recommended to our students. The list will be posted on this website soon.
We bought tons of beautiful Spanish books at FILBO. I am delighting myself reading all the new great titles acquired. I have been sharing some of these books in class with our K4 and K5 students. They have loved the idea of reading three or four stories during class. These books will be ready for circulation in August.
KINDER 4 & KINDER 5
During the month of May we will continue to promote reading!!
During the last week of May, we read three fun books which totally got the students into the spirit of summer:
Also, our Kinder 4 students will be watching a video about responsibility with library books and Our kinder 5 students will be playing Trivia. Expect lots of fun questions.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY... LEO LIONNI MAY 5
Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner—for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/leo-lionni/about-leo-lionni/
During this week, we will be finishing our author study on Beatrix Potter. Our students have started making Mr. McGregor's garden. The children are coloring little "seed bags" and planting little fake vegetables. These Garden Sensory Tubs are looking adorable.
April was filled with new activities and learning. Students took notes for the first time from a book called Animals With Backbones by Elaine Pascoe. The purpose of this activity was to help our students learn this skill as well as begin teaching them to summarize and paraphrase. Additionally, they filled in a short bibliography form and added it to their notes. I must say this was not an easy task however, they all made a great effort!
During May we will be reviewing certain guidelines that will help the students take better notes. They will finalize this unit by taking notes from a short video also related to vertebrates. We will be comparing the first set of notes with the second one, to see what strategies they used to enhance this skill.
My Beloved 2nd Graders,
Our time to say goodbye has arrived. I have spent four wonderful years with you. I will miss you deeply. Keep reading the way you are, maintain your love for books and come by sometime to say hello. I will never forget you. You have a very special place in my heart. Good luck in Elementary School!
Our Summer Recommendation Book Fair was a great success! The students bought great titles, ate cookies and cupcakes and many had their cartoon drawn. If by any chance you did not have the opportunity to buy any books during the fair, the vendors will be here during the first week of June selling the summer recommendations. You will find them outside the Admin Building. You may check our pages above to see the recommended titles