We are having a great time learning about the family traditions in our class. The kids are doing a great job using a speaking voice to share about their tradition as well as listening respectfully when others are sharing. It is fun to hear the big variety of traditions in our class, make connections, and learn something new about each other. If your child has not brought in their things to share, please send it sometime this week.
It was a very loving week this week. We read Love by Micheal De La Pena which is about the various little ways love shows up in our lives. In good times and bad, as well as in everyday acts. The book is beautifully illustrated by Loren Long with multi culture images of all kinds of families and all kinds of people. The kids enjoyed the book and we were quiet and contemplative while I read it to them.
The kids were happy to share the love by sharing the valentines they had prepared for their friends.
Channing said, ” I like giving even better than I like getting!”
The kids have been hard at working creating and making as they are inclined to do at this age. Our classroom is gradually transforming from just a classroom to our home away from home. You might have noticed when you first visited our classroom it was a bit empty. It probably seemed incomplete. At least that is what I was going for. I intentionally leave space for the kids to make the classroom theirs. Literally and figuratively the classroom is not complete until each child arrives. For more on how bare walls show kids their are important click here.
Here are some photos of how the kids have contributed so far.
Our Hopes and Dreams display. You helped with this too!
Our room is becoming colorful, beautiful, though provoking, and whimsical, just like the little people who live here for a little while.
Each of us is unique but we also have common ground. Both our differences and similarities connect us together.
The kids have been using their creative skills to help decorate and label our room. The spaces is slowly becoming more colorful and beautiful.
We made book box labels.
A name is a powerful thing. A name defines you as an individual, a person, unique and wholly your own. Names help you connect and build relationships with others. Names are so important to me in my role as a teacher. Learning each child’s name, nick names and proper pronunciation is one of my first tasks. We greet each other by name each morning and learn many academic concepts in the context of our own names.
My name is Layla Cunningham. I introduce myself to the children as Layla…just Layla. I prefer the children call me Layla for several reasons. For me it is a way to communicate that our classroom is a collaboration, learning and teaching are something we all do, and that no one person is higher than anyone else. I am our leader, responsible and trustworthy, but not the most important person in the room. Going by my first name literally and symbolically takes me off the pedestal.
Of course, I don’t mind being called Miss Layla, or Mrs. Cunningham. Those are my names too. But I invite you, and your child to call me Layla. In doing so, I invite you all to join me on this journey of learning as partners and equals.
This week we have been busy making portfolios documenting our growth in name writing, number writing, and writing. It has been so fun for the kids to have tangible evidence that hard work pays off and results in learning and progress. The children will be sharing their portfolios on Thursday with their 3rd grade buddies during our Portfolio Party. They will bring them home Friday. I hope you can find a few moments to sit down with your child, look through their portfolios with them, and reflect and celebrate all their progress. Their growth this year had been remarkable, magical, and a testament to each child’s immeasurable potential.
Here are a few photos of our little learners hard at work making their portfolios and being kind of amazed by their own work.
Here is a super funny post over on The Ugly Volvo called 12 Innocuous Household Items My Son has Turned into Weapons. Specially written for those who hang out with the under 10 crowd. Enjoy!