Archive for January, 2012


There’s Nothing Like a Good Story

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The staring… the mouth-open gaze… the eyes studying the pages… the commiseration with the characters… the gasps… the giggles…

Truth is we can all get carried away to another time and place with a good story. This week we’re reading from a master story teller and illustrator, Tomie dePaola. The Strega Nona books are proving to be fast favorites. Great authors and great books are the best inspiration for creating great readers. They help us develop the love of a good story which in turn gets us itching to read more.

Let yourself get carried away in a good book!

Where You’re Headed

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Time flies when you’re surrounded by an amazing community of learners. We’re almost to our halfway day of second grade, and then I’ll be turning all of you kiddos into third graders. I should clarify, there’s no magic wand… it happens with a LOT of hard work on your end, of course.

I know leaving Teaticket someday seems so far off for you, but Second grade is also halfway through your Teaticket Elementary experience. The next stop is Morse Pond. Check out what you get to look forward to in this inspiringĀ video!

Dreams Inspired

Monday, January 16th, 2012

We’ve spent January learning about a true PeaceBuilder and leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., andĀ I was impressed by the depth and level of discussion our students engaged in during this study. Dr. King’s biography was inspiring, especially as we thought about how his ideas touched our own lives! The students showed great joy in connecting to the song they had learned in music class, “We Shall Overcome”. Here’s a link for more information: Social Studies for Kids, MLK.

We took our own hopes for the future to the computer lab to create a class book which will live on to inspire Mrs. Kirincich’s future students.

Next week we will read another biography and learn about another innovator, George Washington Carver. Here’s a link to soem of his background to get you started: Social Studies for Kids, GWC.

When I read biographies, I think one of the most thought-provoking things is realizing that these famous people were once kids too! It’s so interesting to see the directions their lives went and wonder about what direction all of our lives are going.