Getting Involved!

The class worked together to get the final, FINAL design for our t-shirt ready and it is off to the printers.  We are really excited to show off our great collaborative design!

The storyteller, Niall de Burca, visited us this week and took us through a journey of enjoying stories without pictures or words! The students couldn't stop laughing at his creative style and had a blast being part of the storytelling experience.

This week we also had a lot of experiences that really got students AND parents involved!  Getting the parents involved in our students' learning is a vital to the ongoing success of each child and we really strive to make this happen.

“When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” (A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. 2002).

One way we involved our parents was during our great Open House this week.

Students wrote a wish that they hoped to achieve this year and came up with some very interesting ideas.

Some students wanted to jump better, some wanted to improve their math or writing, and other wanted to make more friends.  It was nice to see what the students felt was important to them.

Then the parents had the opportunity to write down the wishes they had for their child and see how they compared.

Students also wrote the beginning of a story and their families finished it!  We have some very creative students and parents.

Open House gave parents a chance to get to know one another a little better (the BINGO/scavenger hunt really helped with that) and they had the opportunity to experience what learning looks and feels like in the classroom.

Check out this site to read some of the Benefits of Parent Involvement!

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