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Welcome to Quarter 3! We spent the first week back at school practicing our procedures and routines to make sure that the students were comfortable again with the expected behaviors in Ready, Set, Action.  Since then, kindergarten and first grade students have been working on asking and answering questions.  In particular, we have focused on asking and answering questions about a specific topic or text. At this age, the students are still figuring out the difference between a statement and a question. It would be helpful for you to practice asking and answering questions with your child at home. Perhaps, a simple discussion around the dinner table will provide your student the perfect opportunity to practice this newly acquired skill! In 2nd grade, the students have been working on their Reader's Theater skills.  We have learned four different techniques to help us in our performance of Little Red Riding Hood: facial expression, gestures, voice projection, and sound effects.  The students have been working with their partners to practice each of these skills and are slowly building their speaking confidence in front of a group.  It would be helpful for you to model and have your child practice each of these reading skills at home with you during their 15-20 minutes of reading each night. We will perform our story to some of the younger grades next week!
Posted by vcallanen  On Jan 23, 2019 at 2:56 PM
Students did a fabulous job learning about Conflict Resolution! We are wrapping up our unit and will be finished by Thanksgiving Break. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been learning how to give a proper apology. The students learned that there are three easy steps to making sure the other person knows that you are sincere: 1) State what you are specifically sorry for 2) Tell the person what you will do differently next time and 3) Ask: How can I fix it? The students practiced these three steps with a partner all while making sure that they were also practicing their good speaking and listening skills of facing their partner, making eye contact, being an active listener, having a quiet body, and speaking in complete sentences.
Posted by vcallanen  On Nov 12, 2018 at 9:28 PM 1 Comment
Welcome back Biltmore Families! The students are continuing to work their way through our Conflict Resolution unit. Next week the students will delve a little deeper into resolutions.  They will compare and contrast strategies for solving problems and determine the best ones to use for different situations. Each student will bring home a set of strategies that they can use to help them solve conflicts with their friends! Help your child be a super problem solver by talking with you about 2 new strategies they learned for conflict resolution!
Posted by vcallanen  On Oct 19, 2018 at 12:46 PM
We are so excited to have begun our first unit on Conflict Resolution! Most of the students did not know what the word conflict meant and so we worked together to define it and give examples. Afterwards, the students discussed the meaning of resolution and came up with some wonderful ways that they could solve problems at school. Over the next couple of weeks, we will practice lots of strategies for solving conflicts using our good speaking and listening skills!
Posted by vcallanen  On Sep 25, 2018 at 7:57 AM
Over the past two weeks the students have been working on procedures and routines for visiting the speaking and listening classroom. In particular, we have focused heavily on greeting the teacher at the door, entering and leaving the classroom quietly, and coming to the rug ready to learn. The students are doing a fantastic job and I look forward to beginning our unit on conflict resolution next week! 
Posted by vcallanen  On Sep 25, 2018 at 7:56 AM
Hello Biltmore Families! The students and I have continued to work on conflict resolution over the past 2 weeks. We have talked about how and why friends might disagree and ways to solve the problem. We have also talked about sharing our feelings in a respectful way, how to apologize, and ways to solve conflicts. In particular, we have practiced making good eye contact, standing tall, and using our strong speaker voice. I believe that this is such an important life skill, and I'm so thrilled to work with your child on this. At home, it would be incredibly helpful if you could chat with them about this. If there are siblings or playmates, ask your child how to solve disagreements!
Posted by vcallanen  On Sep 25, 2018 at 7:55 AM
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