Friday, October 30, 2015

Literacy Night

On Tuesday October 27, the staff at McGovern School hosted a Family Literacy Night that filled the cafeteria and gymnasium with happy reading families!  Children rotated through four centers and enjoyed listening to a story, rhyming and writing on the iPad, rolling dice for letters and sight words, and watching a demonstration reading mini-lesson. Judging from the smiles and laughter heard in the school, the evening was a great success!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Read for the Record

This morning the students at McGovern School participated in "Read for the Record" by reading Not Norman by Kelly Bennett, during a whole school assembly.  The students were helping to break the world record for the most number of children reading the same book on the same day. "Read for the Record" is sponsored by Jumpstart a nonprofit organization focused on bringing early literacy skills to all children.

Not Norman, is a book about a boy who receives a pet goldfish and would rather have a dog or a cat or... anything other than a fish! The students were delighted as several staff members took turns reading the pages of the story.  What a great way to share good literature with our students!

To enjoy the story at home with your child go 
to: Not Norman online.

For more online stories head over to the McGovern School website and look for the Tumblebooks quick link on the left side column!

Please Note:
Family Literacy Night to be held on Tuesday October 27, 2015:
Preschool And Kindergarten Families:  5 - 5:45

Grade 1 Families: 6:15 - 7:00

McGovern School cafeteria and gymnasium.  The book fair will be open until 6pm.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Titles to Foster Kindness

In my news feed this morning I found an article from the Washington Post about Raising Kind Kids.  The article outlined five strategies parents could use to "raise moral, kind kids." The strategies and the how and why behind them are included in the article but here is a summary of the five points:
1.  Make caring for others a priority
2.  Provide ways for children to practice caring and gratitude
3.  Expand your children's circle of concern
4.  Be a strong moral role model and mentor
5.  Guide children in managing destructive feelings

As a parent I oftentimes used literature to help teach my own children about issues that might otherwise be difficult to talk about. Below is a list of a few great children's books that could be read to foster discussion about being kind, caring and compassionate children.

A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams: A story about a girl, her mother and grandmother all saving their coins to buy a big easy chair to enjoy together.  Classic!

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead:  The zookeeper gets sick and the animals all rally together to take care of him.

The Teddy Bear by David McPhail:  A little boy loses his teddy bear and shows great compassion when it is found.

The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace: Minna, A kindergarten girl is asked to draw a picture of an act of kindness to share with her class.  Minna decides to makes a quilt of all the kind things she does and shares it with her class.

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss: Horton the elephant responds to a tiny cry of help on a speck of dust.

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson:  Bear hosts his friends for a party and the forest creatures teach him all about gratitude.