Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where Are You Reading this Summer?

A few weeks ago while on a twitter chat, I read an idea to encourage summer reading by asking the children where they want to read over the summer.  I walked into school the next day and asked several children where they would be reading over the summer and made a list on our white board in the hallway.  By the end of the day, I had created this display.  Our wonderful art teacher, Ms. Fiore, asked a few children to add the illustrations.  The children were thrilled to see their idea on display in the hall, and I believe it caused a little excitement for summer reading regardless of how close or far they were traveling this summer.

Oh and by the way... here is where I'll spend my time reading this summer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Getting Us Up and Moving

What started out as a few fun moments in the hallway for a couple of teachers this morning, ended with a great conversation about the importance of movement in our lives.  Kristine Keim, the district's School based Physical Therapist shared with us the need for movement both large and small.  
Kristine further explained that in our digital based world children are less exposed to many of the great games that we played as children that got us up and moving.  Kristine kindly shared the links to some wonderful sites that give us great ideas for this type of fun movement based activities.  We hope you try out a few this summer.

Active Summer Fun Ideas - Pinterest

Get Moving Get Active

Kristine Keim's Website filled with links to additional resources

The McGovern teachers enjoy a few moments of fun playing Giant Pick-up Sticks before the children arrive.  


Want to make your own pick up sticks?  Click here.

Feel free to comment below with your experiences with these games.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Author Kate Messner visits McGovern and Burke Memorial Schools

On May 27 and May 28, 2014 the students at McGovern and Burke-Memorial Schools were treated to an assembly with author Kate Messner, thanks to a grant from the Medway Foundation for Education.  Kate shared the inspiration for her stories all the while encouraging the students to pick up their pens and draw, write and keep their eyes open to what they experience in the world around them. Kate is the author of many children's books including her picture books:  Sea Monster's First Day, Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish, and Over and Under the Snow
Thank you again to the Medway Foundation for Education for their generous funding.
McGovern School students listening to Kate Messner and thinking about how to live a "writerly life!"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Reading

The McGovern School children attended a summer reading assembly in the cafeteria on Friday May 27.  Each child came to the assembly with a pencil and a book list ready to circle their choices for summer reading.  Our guest speaker was Medway Town Librarian, Mariah Manley.  Ms. Manley gave a book talk on seven great summer reading titles and encouraged the children to circle the books they want to read over their vacation.  In between the book talks, Ms. Manley led the children in song.  The children left the assembly excited to visit the library this summer to check out a title or two.