Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kindergarteners and Eric Carle

The kindergarten classes at Highcroft have been introduced to the world of Eric Carle. Students have enjoyed singing, learning fingerplays, and of course listening to stories written by Eric Carle. So far (depending on the track your child(ren) are on) we have read The very busy spider, The very quiet cricket, and The very lonely firefly. We also learned through reading his books that only boy crickets can make the chirping sounds and fireflies are not flies, but soft bellied beetles! Other skills we are working on include choosing books from the shelving area, proper care for books, turning the pages gently and correctly, and remembering to return books on time. Stay tuned for more information about our kindergarten classes.

Have you filled a bucket today?

Each class in grades 1 - 5 has had the opportunity to enjoy the book titled, "Have you filled a bucket today?" by Carol McCloud. Through simple words and illustrations students learn how to be happy, treat others kindly, and to be a bucket filler. By being a bucket filler (showing kindness to others through our comments and actions) we are actually spreading good cheer. However, we can also be bucket saying mean words and through teasing and ignoring others which causes us to feel sad and lonely. We discussed in each class how we can all be bucket fillers and how others have filled our buckets through their kind thoughts and deeds. Why not be a bucket filler today by showing kindess and appreciation toward others! (Check out our bulletin board outside the media center)