We worked as a group to come up with ideas that we then put onto an 'anchor chart' which is a chart that anchors our common thoughts, ideas or understandings. Many of those written on the Peacebreakers chart were ideas that came from our class members' own experiences or from those they remembered that David had in the stories we shared. We also created an 'anchor chart' for being a Peacemaker. A 'peacemaker' is a good citizen, one who works together with others in their community to ensure that all people get along. They use kind words, take turns and have a good attitude.
We are reviewing what we already know! It is important to every teacher to establish what areas need to be reviewed. Many students can 'forget' some of the lessons learned in the previous school year, and reconnecting with that knowledge ensures that the basics are in place, like a foundation, to build upon. Using the story "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" the students had the opportunity to have the whole alphabet go up the coconut tree! We will be reviewing the sounds that the letters make, what consonants and vowels are and patterns in words. It is important to establish that the students are successful early in the school year so that as they encounter new things to learn, they believe in their ability to learn. As parents we might want to 'push' them forward, but it is better to go at a slower pace now. The time for new learning is just around the corner.
A quick reminder that Wednesday, September 7th is our first 'early out' day and the students are dismissed at 2:10. As well, our PAC is providing a 'Welcome Back" lunch too!
If you are marking your calendar, next Tuesday night, September 13 is the first PAC meeting @7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 14 is Meet the Teacher Night. I have a little present for all who attend!