Poetry Month

This poetry month we examined how the children identify poems. We also established the title, verse, and importance of the words chosen. We didn’t have enough time to explore much more, but we did compare some very formal poems with a few Shel Silverstein...

Library update

A quick update before I head out for the weekend: The world is a big place, and sometimes it’s hard to wrap our heads around the differences people on this single planet experience in a day. It’s spring in North America, but fall in South America and...

Mock Newbery Time

We were fortunate enough to have eight Mock Newbery books donated to the school to allow the third through sixth grade classes to participate in the Mock Newbery experience. The initial lesson included a presentation outlining the main stories we’ll be comparing...

Environments

This is fun! Don’t judge me by my bookmarks. Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children, edited by Lisa P. Kuh,  is a combination of several articles outlining the legacies of thinkers who created our view of childhood and various ways to bring...

Constructivist in our midsts

It’s come to my attention that we have a constructionist on our hands. It should have been obvious, but here we are. To invigorate this reluctant reading-heavy building child seeking to understand his universe, I’m finding unusual books and pairing them...