literacy, students are taught by the Lesley University Literacy
Collaborative program which consist of independent and shared writing,
shared reading and writing, interactive reading and writing, poetry,
chart poems and big books.
Writing Time: Modeled after the Martha Horn program,
which has the children using drawing/writing books to first tell
stories, and then draw stories, then label stories, then write sentences
for their stories. We also share our stories with each other and with
Work Board: Children participate in literacy, math,
science and art activities at centers in small groups and move
independently from center to center.
Handwriting Without Tears: Peabody's handwriting
program. Each child has their own handwriting book and each week we
practice making 2 letters with follow-up practice during Workboard
Storytelling and story acting: Children share
stories with the class and the teacher writes the stories down. After
the class has shared their stories we retell them and the children will
act the stories out with each other.
Read Alouds: Every day we read a book chosen by the teacher and discuss the theme or idea of the story as a class.
Science and Social Studies
Our units are:
We also expand on our science/social studies curriculum with the
study of holidays, people, places, presidents, endangered animals,
friendships, families, our community, responsive classroom and our solar
Blocks is an activity and computer based program that focuses on
counting, number recognition, shapes, ordering numbers, measurement and
patterns. The children will learn a concept as a whole group and then
practice that concept individually and in small group during math
workshop time. The children also use the computer to play games that
correspond to the concept learned for that week.
children engage in daily interactions with each other through choice
time, recess and group times where we discuss a problem, issue or fun
fact and come up with solutions that work for everyone.