Beginning Reading & Writing with the Great Books!
Teacher: Amber Buchele
Class Fees: $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes.
Mat Fees: $30 - includes 3 booklets with all of our stories with space and beautiful pages for our writing and drawing activities
We are so excited to bring the Great Books to Huck! In this class, we will start by having high quality literature read to the class, and then we will gather together and share our thoughts about our wonderful stories. Kids love to talk about these stories, and our sharing time will help our kids to increase their reading comprehension in a very fun way. We will also be learning new vocabulary in the most meaningful way; from our stories! Beginning reading instruction of both sight words and phonics lessons will also be a part of our learning. Kids will also really enjoy listening to stories and exploring them together! When we read both stories and poems, and have guided discussions that help us understand feelings of lonliness, love, jealousy and more. Students will start to be abel to identify how they would feel in each of these stories and look for solutions to the characters in their stories. In this way, they build their own strength, and learn to handle situations and view situations differently.
In each lesson, we will be practicing reading comprehension through group discussion and activities, beginning writing exercises and group and individual reading lessons. This gentle program differentiates easily to all learners. Some children will draw their responses to the questions about the story. Some children will want to start to write, and will complete copy work from the board, while others will write full sentences! Our goal is to help each child gain additional skills in listening, analyzing, reading and writing!
About The Great Books.
The Great Books Foundation produces a wonderful suite of stories for all ages, but this is not just a series of books to be read; this is a whole method of learning to analyze and think critically about many different genres of literature. Our books will include classic folktales, realistic and fantasy fiction and poems. Students will read the story at home prior to class, and then again in a group once they come to class. Some parts will be read to the class, and some parts will be read in unison by the class. This dual reading allows children to first understand the basic plot and characters of the story, and upon the 2nd reading, students start to uncover underlying themes. Great Books are taught using a Shared Inquiry approach where the teacher asks questions about the stories, and children participate fully in both answering why they think a character is doing something, but also using the text to support their answers. This class is designed for emergent readers, so children do not need to be able to read the text to discuss the text, although all students will be able to take a copy of their books home to read and then bring back to class. Reading lessons will accompany the literature, as well as beginning writing. Early writers will be given sentences to copy while more advanced writers will be allowed to write sentences about their favorite parts of the stories. Each day will include a fun activity related to our story!