Emily & Alyson's Weekly Update 12-16-11

posted Dec 16, 2011, 10:54 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Read On!
Thank you to everyone who has been keeping track of reading at home! The kids have been so proud to share their reading successes with the class. Our daily silent reading time has been adding up - already we've logged 8 hours! Make sure to add that time in to your reading log at home.

We'll be tying ribbons again this Friday, so please send in your tracking sheet so we can total up our times. Keep up the reading over break - Read-a-thon ends on January 4.

Colonial Day
Life was sure tough in 1711! For Colonial Day, our classroom looked a bit different. The kids sat at benches in rows of chairs, with the boys on one side and the girls on the other. Rules were strict: no talking, no laughing, no crossing your feet... Children who had good manners and learned their lessons got to move to the front of the classroom, closer to the heat of the fire. We had no pencils or schoolbooks, no chalkboard, and no lights. The children learned by reciting from their horn books, and practiced writing with a quill pen and ink. If you haven't asked your kids about Colonial Day already, please do so! I think they'll surprise you with all that they've learned.

Water Bottles
Starting in January, we are asking that each student bring a WATER BOTTLE to school, not a cup or mug. Water bottles stay cleaner and are easier for us to store. Remember to label your child's water bottle!