Holiday time and the approaching New Year always evoke excitement and wonder amongst our students. The festive atmosphere in our building during the month of December always yields creativity. Our interventionists and many classroom teachers have recently been trained by our reading teachers in "Fundations," so we will be better able to serve our students in targeting foundational reading skills.
Gardiners' teachers have been creative regarding reading activities for our students. For example, Mrs. Donnelly's first graders are traveling around the school in search of reading clues that will help them find the 'missing Gingerbread Girl'. Mrs. Suriano's first graders are writing about "What Makes Me Smile?". At this time of year, the answer is "EVERYTHING!". First graders will also be designing, as a STEAM project, a house for bears to hibernate in, based on the book,
A Bear's Winter House. Some of those classes are also learning about glyphs, which are symbolic of words, and collectively add up to the spelling of a word.
Our upper grades have been feeling the Holiday spirit as well. For example, fourth graders have recently read "The Giving Tree" and followed up with a writing piece regarding how they could give back to their community, school, and families.