Dear Parents and Students,
After lots of rain and cold weather, we can safely say that spring is finally here!
We have been observing how trees blossom, how daffodils bloomed and died and how we can again hear birds chirping and singing. Here are two pictures that show signs of spring.
Guess where this cherry blossom is blooming?
Another thing I love to do in the spring is go to museums. This is a picture of children playing outside. It is part of the collection of the New York Public Library. Are the children dressed like you? Do you play this game called croquet?
On another Sunday exploring New York City, I discovered a wonderful street filled with colorful flowers. What do you think of these flowers?
This month we have been reading different books by Kevin Henkes. Can you tell your parents which ones you liked and why? Can you post your answer for all of us to read?
We have been writing poetry in Kindergarten and first grade. The poem below was written with my first grade friends and Ms.Boucher. Her class was learning about South Korea. We had lots of questions and we wrote a poem titled "I Wonder??" Please read it and post some questions you might have about South Korea.
And speaking of South Korea, last Saturday some of my students invited me to see a wonderful performance by the Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori.I took some pictures which you can see below. It was a great chance for me to see beautiful dancers and dancing and to learn more about their country. Please look at the photographs and write some comments.
Some Exciting News
This fall, I will be in South Korea learning about schools, teachers, students and life in this country. I will be going as a Fulbright Scholar and hope to share what will learn with all of you.
Winter can be grey, sunny, bright, dark, snowy, windy and sometimes even a bit warm.
Here are some photographs of what nature looks like in winter on the beach, a farm and a snowy day. These are some of my most favorite places and things to do that I want to share with you.
Please look at the photographs and write a post about something you love to do in winter. You can send a picture too.
Fall is a beautiful season. It is filled with colors and changes. I went for a ride to the North Fork of Long Island and here are some pictures that I took for you. We have been learning about apples and pumpkins, orchards and patches. Please look at the pictures below and write a comment. Enjoy!
We love to read and discuss the work of Kevin Henkes in first grade. We have many "literary conversations", we infer about the different characters and think about how they are similar or different from us.
Here are some pictures that I took in the last few weeks. They are some of the foods that we eat in the fall. Use your senses and imagination to figure out what they feel like to the touch, taste like, look like, smell like and would they make any sounds? Please post your comments.
As summer ends quickly and fall begins very soon, I want to welcome you to a new and exciting year of learning and working together.
As usual, I would like to share with you some of the wonderful things nature offers us. Please enjoy the pictures and answer the questions about them. For all of our new students and parents, our blog is a place to share experiences, ideas and to practice language. Please make sure to participate in order to support your children in their learning. Remember that you can answer in English or in your language!
The best of summer...
I hope you can visit the New York Public Library to see the exhibit but if you cant', here are some highlights. Please write a post and give us your opinion on the books. Answer the questions next to the pictures and enjoy watching the video at the end.
Do you know this story?
About Monica Schnee
advocate for English learners at the local and state level. Recipient of Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching and other various awards & recognition. This blog is created for parents & children to develop oral language, literacy & higher order thinking skills. The photographs are taken by me in order to elicit specific language & responses.