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Letter Sound and Formation Practice

Letter Sound and Formation Practice

Our Preschool-3 children, both in-school and remote, are systematically introduced to the letter sounds of the English alphabet.  Every letter is initially identified by its sound rather than its name.  Letter sounds are further explored by a discernment of the...
Scenes from Second Grade

Scenes from Second Grade

Second grade is a special year in the writing lives of children. They are growing up and able to write with greater facility and sophistication. The children are eager to be given important new challenges and proud of their growth and progress.  The on-campus students...
Exploring Three-Dimensional Art

Exploring Three-Dimensional Art

The Third Graders have been exploring three-dimensional art in our most recent unit. Together we have discovered ways to sculpt, mold, and design with air dry clay, model magic, papier- mâché and recycled art materials. We have been inspired by artists like Pablo...
Capturing Small Moments

Capturing Small Moments

Personal Narratives is the perfect genre to launch our reading and writing program. One of the most wonderful things about working with first graders is that they love to tell stories. They love to talk about special moments in their lives. They also love to share...
Where I’m From

Where I’m From

At the beginning of the school year, students read the book Where Are You From? as a way of reflecting on their familys’ unique backgrounds and histories.  They then wrote poems entitled “Where I’m From,” showing how they are each special.  The writing process was...
Preschool 4 Celebrates Together

Preschool 4 Celebrates Together

Early in the year, small children are learning how to learn. Teachers use positive, reinforcing language to highlight what children do well and to encourage next steps. They also tactically employ a variety of “energizers” to intentionally build joy and community....
Realistic Fiction in Fourth Grade

Realistic Fiction in Fourth Grade

Fourth Grader readers are diving deep! Our first unit on Realistic Fiction has begun, and we are using the mentor text of The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. This complex story about loss and friendship revolves around a boy named Rob who discovers a caged tiger in...

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is the act of calling our attention, noticing and reflecting upon those experiences for which we are thankful. Many of us are accustomed to this practice around the Thanksgiving holiday; however, there are benefits of practicing gratitude...