Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                October 11, 2018

“The great spirit promised all would be well if all living things learned to live in harmony.” – Lakota Creation Story We continued to build schema around the first people living on the Great Plains here in Colorado.  We have been reading stories by Paul Goble about the people of the Great Plains including The … More Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                October 11, 2018

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                October 5, 2018

“Life hurts our feelings sometimes. Life does that so our hearts grow. Without some pain, our hearts would stay the same size.” Jayne Scarboro: The Truest Heart At our most recent advising time we read the book “The Truest Heart” by Jayne Scarboro. It tells a story we are all only too familiar with from … More Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                October 5, 2018

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                           September 21, 2018

“Of all qualities, questioning is fundamental to being human.” (Mosaic of Thought) Our classroom is full of questions and wonder.  As readers, we began working with the comprehension strategy of pausing to ask questions.  Asking questions helps readers linger and think more deeply about what they are reading. In the Phoenixes reading group we read … More Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                           September 21, 2018

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter     September 14, 2018

  “I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Our writers were engaged in inquiry and research about Fireflies and Raccoons this week.  Students in the Fireflies Group were excited to find out answers to questions like “Why do fireflies blink?”  Students in the Raccoons Group were equally … More Ana and Mary’s Newsletter     September 14, 2018

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                           September 7, 2018

When we act with joyful courage of the heart, we create a peaceful world. During reading time we have continued thoughtful reading practices – how to find the right books that engage us, how to find a spot where we can focus and be comfortable, how to read words and pictures carefully and think about … More Ana and Mary’s Newsletter                                                           September 7, 2018

Mary and Ana’s Newsletter                                                 Aug. 23, 2018

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou We spent our week getting into new routines and learning how to navigate the many aspects of our school day.  During our advising time, we read the Native American Lenape legend of Rainbow … More Mary and Ana’s Newsletter                                                 Aug. 23, 2018