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.
We are off to a new year. I am excited to learn and grow with you.
Here are some pictures that I took this summer. I thought of sharing some of the things that I did with you and hope that you share what you did this summer too.
Please look at the pictures. Post a comment/reply to tell me what you think as you answer my questions. Feel free to add what you did this summer or if you like the places I visited.
I look forward to an exciting year of working together. Parents, please go to the About Me tab to learn more about how I teach and my philosophy of learning another language.
Spring is finally here and with it we enjoy the amazing colors and growth of plants, animals and our students.
Here are some pictures to celebrate this colorful season. The is one picture that I took at the very beginning of Spring that looks more like...
Can you guess which one it is? Write your guess!
Look at the slideshow. Click on the arrows to see the different pictures. Please comment on 5 pictures. Use the words: buds, blossoms, colorful, picnic, flowers, trees, green grass, outdoors, park, bridge, Spring, in your sentences. Ask an adult to help you at home.
We will read your comments in class so make sure that you have lots of interesting thoughts to write.
We are enjoying the snow but not the cold. This past week, we went outside to walk like Peter, the character in The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. We walked like him, with our toes pointing out and out toes pointing in. There wasn't too much snow where we were so we could not sink our feet in in it like Peter did but I asked the children to find a place with more snow and try it with you. I hope you did.
Please share if you went outside to do any of the things that Peter did:
Snow is a wonderful way to see the different states of matter. Matter is anything that has weight and takes up space like water which is a liquid, ice which is a solid and steam which is a gas.
Please ask your child to tell you about their observations about snow and matter. Here are some pictures to help them. Post your comments.
What are the things that you love about this season?
We read many poems by Douglas Florian, one of my favorite poets, from his book, Autumnblings.
Below you can see some of the poems we illustrated.
Two of his poems are opposites, What I Love About Autumn and What I Hate About Autumn.
We discussed and wrote about the things we love and like or dislike and do not like. However, I am going to share with you all the different things I absolutely love about Fall. Please comment on each picture and share whether you agree or disagree with me. As you can see, we are using opposite words so make sure to practice them. What do you notice in some of the words that mean I don't?
Post your comment.
Dear Parents and Children,
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...
There is a wonderful exhibit at the New York Public Library,The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. It is a journey for adults and children through some of children's literature amazing titles and of why children's books are important to shape us into what we become as adults. As an avid reader since childhood, I loved seeing some of my most beloved books on display, Winnie The Pooh, Alice In Wonderland and Babar, one of my most favorite characters when I was a young child. The exhibit is on until September 7, admission is free. http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/abc-it
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.
This is a beautiful scroll written and illustrated in 2011 after the Tsunami. I was created, designed and written in India and tells the story of the Tsunami in 2004 and ancient flood myths from Hindu texts.
This is a fun display about Alice in Wonderland.
One of my favorite discoveries, this book in four different languages, can you guess which they are? It was written by an artist from Uruguay who lived here for his son so he would learn four languages. I thought of all of you and the languages you speak.
Can you guess the title of the book on the right? And the author and illustrator? We all love reading his books in class. They are so much fun!
Do you know the title of this book? I used to read it to my children at night. Look carefully over the mantelpiece to help you.
And this one book, which I love to read to all of yous ,specially my third and fourth grade students, is about a child named Max. It has become one of my most beloved books and my own children love it so too!
Do you know this story?
To end this post, I would like to share a video that I watched yesterday. President Obama loves a book that I just mentioned. Watch the video to listen him read the story aloud.Click the link to watch it. Write a post and tell us what you think of the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S1loAe0ZoQ
Spring is here and with it many baby animals are born. We have been learning about how some animals are born. Please click on the button below to look at the presentation about different kinds of animals. Click on the arrow on the left hand corner of the slide to go the next slide. At the end, read the last slide and follow the directions. Please discuss with your child the two prompts and post your response.
Here are some words that we learned. Please use these words in English and in your language to discuss the different animals. We would love to learn these words in other languages, so please share yours with us by posting them in our blog.
April is Poetry Month. As you know, we love the poet and artist, Douglas Florian. Here is a poem from his book, Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs.
Have fun reading more poems from his book. You may borrow it from your library or get it at a bookstore. Click on the book to find out more about it.
We celebrated the diversity in our schools as the parents hosted International Day.
This year, the following countries were represented: India, Greece, Israel, India, China and Korea.
We also had the chance to enjoy a wonderful assembly for grades 1-6. The Peace Train came to our school to share music and dance from South Africa and to deliver the message of "Unity In Diversity".
Please go on their link to learn more about The Story of the Peace Train
http://whenvoicesmeet.com/the-story-of-the-peace-train/To learn about the history of apartheid, please watch the video and discuss what it was then, what the changes are today and what you can do to help people understand tolerance and respect for different peoples. http://whenvoicesmeet.com/watch-the-trailer/
We are fortunate to enjoy such a multicultural and diverse community where respect and tolerance allow us to learn from each other in so many more ways than academics.
As a teacher of English as a second language and an advocate for multiculturalism, tolerance and peace I have truly enjoyed today and hope you can get a taste of it through some of the pictures.
Please take a look, read about the Peace Train, listen to a short video and ask your children what they took from today's experience.
Please post your comments and thank you to all the parents who worked so hard to bring us this day and to all the community for embracing our similarities and differences!
Click the button on the top and it will take you to a presentation, a video and a read aloud of Max's Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells that I put together for you.Once you click, go to the "Present" tab on the top right to open the presentation as a slide show and watch the two videos. Follow the directions on the presentation and then post your comments on the blog.
Do not forget to bring the words you chose in your language and the sentences back to school.
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