It's been a crazy month, and I have not been able to stop long enough to blog. So many things have happened in the last few weeks, it would take a small novel to share it all. Here are a few highlights. Some of them are not school related this time.
Our Solar System is one of my favourite projects. Every time I do this project, the results are incredible. Read on for more information about the project and how it works.
I usually start off the study with a large sheet of paper on which the students can draw, write, or create diagrams what they know about the solar system. It is amazing to see the range of understanding in the group. Some children have a vast knowledge and understanding of the solar system and how it works. Others have very little background knowledge and they are unaware of what the solar system is.
After studying the solar system and doing their projects, I give them another large piece of paper and have them share what they know about the solar system. Many children need to use both sides of the paper to share their knowledge.
I believe that engaging them in their learning with hands on activities and with projects that they choose makes a difference. I also feel that the home/school link is so important. With this project, the family has the opportunity to work together and share the learning. Below is a copy of the letter I send home to the parents.
Check out some of the projects that were done by some of my students in previous years.
These projects were done by children in grade 2 and 3. They were given a criteria sheet and a marking sheet at the beginning of the project so that they knew what was expected of them. Most of the children far exceeded the expectations and they were so proud to share their projects with parents, and the rest of the school.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.