December Circle

Students are playing as they exercise and develop a crucial neural function.

Why Play?

Pretend play develops as the vehicle through which language and cognition are educated

Reader’s Workshop

As we read aloud to the children, we model these seven reading strategies, sharing our thinking aloud. 

Read Aloud

Reading aloud to young children is the most important indicator of success.

Reader’s Theatre

As they bring the story to life, the plot, characters, action, and dialog become more meaningful to them.

Puppetry

The use of puppets brings a story to life.

Story Telling

Oral story telling is especially important in a class of students learning English as a second language.

Shared Writing

Students become creative writers when we participate in these warm and lively writing sessions. 

Author’s Chair

The author’s chair element of the writer’s workshop allows for sharing with peers, and receiving and giving feedback. 

Emergent Curriculum

A teacher should be free to harness student interest and use it to pursue her learning goals.