I’m finally getting more organized in my literature classes for my students. The challenge came in having four grades at the same time, and finding individual time for actually TEACHING. I finally split our art and language times between older and younger classes, so I can work individually with the older and younger classes.
This week our younger classes traveled across time with Paul Bunyan, and finished with Johnny Appleseed. It gave us a good workout with grammar worksheets, and at the end of the week, we had time for taking turns reading out loud. This is a skill that I can see we need to increase for a few students.
I have a very patient nature for those who are making an effort, so I try to be a gentle guide to those who have a hard time reading fluently out loud.
We continued our partner reading with the lower elementary, with the twist of the younger kids first reading to the older students. This is a GREAT partnership!
My oldest students ended the week with a short story introducing informational reading. The story led us to ancient Constantinople, and we found a really good video to go along with the story. It expanded the reading to include geography, history, and art, and led to many lively conversations. I learned more than the students did this week.
My goal is to use our literature books to take us on further adventures than just the pages of our textbooks.