Despite having a room full of children who have a hunch that an exciting day is imminent, we actually managed to get a bit of school work done this week.
The LetterLand kids are learning about sight words. These are words that are so common in English, that you’re best off simply knowing them by sight. Children are demonstrating that they recognize these words in a wide variety of contexts. Mrs. Shaw did individual assessments with every LetterLand child this week and was able to document incredible retention of the literacy skills they have worked on since the beginning of the year. It’s always astounding how readily a young mind can absorb new information.
Guided Reading group carried on as usual: Reading alone, reading aloud to a peer, and reading one-on-one with an adult once or twice during the week. Please read with your child over winter break. If your child enjoys reading with you, they are far more likely to enjoy reading on their own.
How fortunate we were that Thursday was only a 2-hour delay. We packed mountains of fun into the remaining time. The entire school (18 classes!) joined together for an all-school sing-a-long. The kids had a great time joining hundreds of voices in Rudolph and Jingle Bells. After the sing-a-long, we had an event we like to call “Switcheroo day.” The kids spent 20 minute time periods with a series of different teachers. Each teacher planned a fun, seasonal activity. The afternoon was spent doing clean-up and opening Friendship Stockings. (Guess which activity the kids liked best.) The kids were thrilled with the contents of the stockings. Thank you so much for the clever, thoughtful and lovely tokens you sent. There was a constant hum of phrases like, “Oooh, look at how cool this is,” “Wow, look what I got,” “This is the most fun ever.” We took a lot of pictures and as soon as tech-ignorant Mrs. Wold figures out how to get them on the website you’ll get to see the fun first-hand.
We can say with all sincerity, we will miss your precious children incredibly over the winter break. They are a joy to spend time with and although our own children are awfully cute and funny, there are 55 others that have captured a big chunk of our hearts.