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Halloween Parade Written by: Alyssa

On Friday the 29th of October, we will be having a Halloween parade with the whole school. It will be on Main Street. Parents are invited. Bring a change of clothes for after the parade. Wear sneakers. The Halloween parade is at least 30 minutes. It’s from 9:30 until 10:00. Don’t forget your Halloween Costume!

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Posted on October 26th, 2010 by hsawyer  |  3 Comments »

Do you know about “Fun Friday”?

At the end of the day each Friday, anticipation hangs heavily in the air. The children wait longingly for the song that signals the transition to “Fun Friday Game Time”! What exactly is this “Game Time”, you may ask?

It is a thirty minute reward period that I have built into each week. It allows the children the opportunity to draw, build with Legos, play cards and/or board games such as Monopoly, Life, Checkers and Sorry!. It is a time of great happiness in Room 202, that is for sure! Is it wise, in this time of ever-growing academic demands, to give up this time for play? Absolutely! Not only are the children getting to play, laugh and relax but they are practicing many, many skills. I reflected on the skills needed for most board game play and here is the initial list that I came up with:

  • Turn-taking
  • Patience
  • Conversation skills
  • Negotiating
  • Problem-solving
  • Rule following
  • Strategizing
  • Reading
  • Math (counting, money, addition, subtraction-just to name a few)
  • Concentration
  • Memory building
  • Good sportsmanship

and that was just off the top of my head!

There is a catch, however. In order to earn “Fun Friday Game Time”, each child must have completed all of his/her work from the week. This helps the children learn to manage their time better. They learn to be more productive during our scheduled work blocks such as the Reading Wave and our Math block. They also learn to take advantage of the time that is provided at the beginning of the day and right after recess to catch up on any work that may need to be completed. If by chance, a child is not finished with his/her work when game time rolls around, that child can work on it then. As soon as it is completed, he/she can play! As you can imagine, a student who misses Fun Friday will usually learn a valuable lesson, and make adjustments to his/her work habits in the following weeks. Come play with us some Friday!

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Fun Friday Free Time :)

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