Archive - September 2017

Reading in G1 and 2
Learning Through Field Trips

Reading in G1 and 2

Our Grade 1 and 2 students launched their Reading Workshop this month with a focus on “Building Good Reading Habits”. Here are some of the elements of a Reading Workshop that we have been practicing –

Shopping for Books
Ashwin: “When you are shopping for books you take your basket to the book area. For the level books you need to ask your teacher what level you need to shop like A, B, C, D”

Akki: “When I am shopping for a look book I open the book to see if I want it. I look at the pictures.”

Independent Reading

We find a quiet, private space to read all of our leveled books and look books. Sometimes we sit back-to-back with our partners during independent reading time. We show that we are strong readers by having stamina and reading for the whole time. If we have already read our books we build good habits by re-reading the same book. We put a check on a post-it in the back of the book for every time we read it.

Partner Reading

At partner reading time we have a great time looking at our books with our partner. We sit hip-to-hip with our partners and put the book in the middle. We read leveled books together or “echo read” our books. We show our partners our favorite page or a page that gave us a strong feeling, and practice having conversations about our books. When we read together, our books come alive and we notice details that we normally wouldn’t.

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Learning Through Field Trips

In line with our current unit of inquiry, Grade 4-5 community went on a field trip to a nearby mosque and Buddhist temple on Monday, 11th September 2017. Through this field trip, we developed a stronger awareness of different belief systems, practices and identity within our local community.

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Notch (Grade 5)

“We felt that the trip was pretty interesting. I also saw their old holy books called ‘Quran’ and prayer mats in the mosque. I discovered from two Muslim religious leaders (also known as ‘Imam’) that Muslim believers are called to pray five times a day and they will hear a prayer song called ‘azan’. After listening to them, I felt that their God is pretty amazing.”

Archi (Grade 5)

“The trip was really fun. We learned about how different believers pray to their God. They offer food to God and monks. They also believe in chanting and meditation to get away from the evil spirits. I am thankful to be part of the field trip with my teachers and now I learn how to be more respectful.”