Team Loffredo's February Updates

What's happening in our classroom this month?

I hope you had a happy Valentine's Day with those you love.

We had a great time celebrating love in Room 6! :)

The students decorated their Valentine's Day mailboxes so creatively and beautifully. Thank you for sending in Valentines for your child to deliver to his/her friends. Our focus this month has been and will continue to be about how we can show love to those around us. I am so very impressed by how loving the students are towards each other. The students are very insightful and aware of the feelings of others. We had been studying the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and specifically the following quote of his that says "Love is the key to the problems of the world." The students and I have been focusing on what this quote could mean for us and how we can use our words and actions to show we love others. That love then makes people feel strong and valued. We have been practicing how to use our words of love to compliment someone and to affirm the great things we see in that person. I can certainly feel the love in our classroom and it is beautiful.

Stop. Look. Listen. Do.

Our behavior focus since Christmas break has been following directions. I have been modeling and reteaching what it looks like to following teacher directions. I have been saying the following phrase to remind the students how to follow my (or another teacher's) directions: "Stop. Look. Listen. Do." When the students hear my voice they should stop what they are doing and look at me to be ready to listen to what I have to say. If the students continue to work and don't bother to look at me then they are not able to hear what I'm saying and it can be viewed as disrespect. I've been teaching the students that it's very respectful to look at someone when they are talking to you because it allows the speaker to feel heard and valued. After the students have heard what I have to say then they need to do what I've told them to do. Overall, as a class we can improve upon our listening skills and following directions. I am sharing this information with you in order that you might be able to reiterate what I'm teaching in the classroom at home. It continues to amaze me how first grade isn't solely about learning to read and write, but about learning life skills to support them in their role as a student and a person. Thank you for partnering with me as we work together to educate your child. I appreciate you. :)

Seesaw

I've recently begun to use a new tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.


The students take pictures of their work using an iPad that is then uploaded into their own "learning journal". The students are able to do this independently. I also plan to use it to explain our reading focus for each of our guided reading group books that your child reads daily in their "Book Buddy" bag.


Click on https://app.seesaw.me/s/221-912-280 to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds. Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web.


If you have any questions about how to sign up or about the app, please ask. I'm excited to already see parents using the app and the excitement from the students.

Book Buddy Bags

Your child has a "Book Buddy" bag that they should be bringing home with them each night. Inside of this bag is the book we are reading in our guided reading book with specific reading focuses. There are also some books that we've finished reading in our guided reading groups that are now considered "familiar reads". I'd like the students to continue reading these books in order to increase their reading fluency and confidence. We will try to empty the bags periodically as to take out the books that may be "memorized" from several repeated readings.


Our reading focus right now is retelling the parts of a fiction text with details. The students should be able to tell you who the characters are, the settings of the text, the problem and solution (if applicable) as well as the events that happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the text. After your child finishes reading his/her text aloud you can ask them questions about the characters, settings, and parts of the text. These focuses build on your child's reading comprehension.


The more your child reads the better reader they will become. :)

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