Tuesday, September 8, 2015

First Day

Hi Families,

We had a lovely first day back. It felt so easy to slide back into routine and teach new procedures to this group of children. We learned a lot about each other and about our classroom today. They do have homework, so be sure to look at that link on the left of the blog if you need any clarification.

I wanted to share two key highlights with you. The first is about a book I shared with them today, The Name Jar. Here is a summary by Scholastic:

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week.
Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it — "Yoon-Hey."
It led to a great discussion about how we are all different and unique, yet we want all kids to feel safe in our class and we need to be kind to everyone. Great message in this book!

The second highlight was during some quiet reflection time. There were 5 different questions posted around the room on chart paper and students added their answers on stickies. Tomorrow we will do more follow up with what I noticed, but here is a fun one: 

What are you excited for? (I didn't type repeats)

  • learning
  • P.E.
  • band
  • math
  • everything
  • reading
  • field trips
  • recess
  • making new friends
  • science

Happy first week back!

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