Friday, September 25, 2015

Citizenship Program at McGovern School

Today we introduced the Star citizenship program to the children at a whole school assembly at McGovern School, the "I Can" school.  The children listened to a reading of the story The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and then listened as Principal Mrs. Yanuskiewicz discussed ways that students can be good citizens in school through helping their friends, being good listeners, and being kind, caring and respectful.  Certificates and handshakes from the principal will be awarded each Friday for students who receive red tickets from the adults in the school.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Instilling Lifelong Readers

In my last blog post I noted that the goal of reading workshop is to instill a love and joy for reading.  How is that done in school?  One way is through teachers sharing their love of reading: They become a role model for their students when they excitedly share a storybook with their class or talk about how they read outside of school. Parents contribute to this love of literacy when they do they same: show their love of reading in front of their children.  
Below are a few links outlining other ways to grow lifelong readers:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Reading Workshop

This year the Medway Elementary Schools will begin full implementation of the reading workshop model.  The goal of reading workshop, and any literacy instruction for that matter, is to instill a love and joy for reading, maybe not quite as extreme as this child crying each time the storytelling is over, but close!  
Reading workshop is a method of teaching that focuses on explicitly teaching students the necessary strategies to successfully comprehend text.  The model also emphasizes providing time for students to engage in authentic reading activities geared towards individual strengths and needs.  Below is the informative video that was produced last year outlining the journey towards balanced literacy and the workshop model in Medway Public Schools. We know you will be hearing more about the workshop model at the McGovern School Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 24 and at the numerous family activities planner throughout the school year.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Welcome Back to School!

For those of you who do not know me, I'm Christine Baldiga, Instructional Coach at McGovern School.  My primary role as coach is to work in collaboration with the teachers and staff to bring best practices to all things related to curriculum.
Another one of my roles as a coach is to help make connections between school learning and the home.  This connection to the greater Medway community is one I feel quite 
passionate about because I truly believe "it takes a village" to raise a child.  Thus, this blog: a place to turn to discover a variety of ways you can extend the learning into the home. My hope is you will follow my blog to receive regular updates on events and news from McGovern School.  To receive email notifications of new posts, click on "Follow by Email" on the right side of the page.

The first day of school comes an excess of "newness" - new teachers, new classmates, new schedules, new routines.  When I'm bombarded with too many new things at once, a comforting book soothes my soul. Why not try this trick with your child.  Snuggling up with an old favorite book does wonders for us all.  For suggestions look to the "bookcase " in the right hand column.