Daniel Webster School Newsletter
Spelling Made Fun
In our First and Second Grade classrooms, our students are working individually and at their own pace to build spelling skills. Our engaging, new, game-based learning platform called SpellingCity empowers our learners to study independently while having fun. SpellingCity is an ideal program that helps boost student success. It is an engaging blended learning tool that boosts confidence and reading comprehension. This gamified program makes studying and learning fun as it encourages students to read, hear, sound out and write words and promotes learning and retention, not just memorization. Our students are loving SpellingCity. Ask them about it! For more information, visit http://www.spellingcity.com.
Trout In the Classroom
More Than Just Books
While students love checking out their own books to read, the media center has also become a place to explore makerspace activities. This year thus far, our students have made simple machine levers and learned to code on iPads. All students in the entire grade level are exposed to these Type I activities. Research shows that the earlier we introduce children to coding, the more comfortable they will be when they are given more complex coding challenges in middle and high school. Plus, coding can be so much fun for children. Webster School students learn code through Code.Org activities and other blended learning software. Most recently, our Weehawken Education Foundation purchased Ozobots for our Daniel Webster School Media Center. Ozobots are customizable, pocket-sized robot-like devices that reinforce coding. The children are loving their tiny, new robots!
Alternative Seating and Learning by Singing
I am very pleased to inform you that our District now has access to Zing, a digital library that you can access from anywhere. This is intensifying our efforts for students to develop reading stamina, increase reading time and making reading accessible from anywhere at anytime. Zing opens the door to a world of learning possibilities by providing your child with access to thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks and short digital texts. While reading, your child can access several on-demand features, including digital note taking, highlighting, bookmarks, and a dictionary tool powered by the Collins COBUILD Dictionary. Your child can access all of the content on Zing on a Apple iPad 3 and higher, a laptop, desktop, or Chromebook by going to: http://www.zingreading.com.
February 16 & 19- No School- Presidents' Weekend
February 22- PTA Family Book Fair Night 6:30pm