What a special week to be a First Grader! Each day of this week we were joined by professional actors from Charleston Stage who taught our students all about the craft of acting. They learned how to warm-up and engage the three “tools of an actor” (body, voice, and mind), they learned how to take direction, and created their very own play based on a folktale. We absolutely loved having these talented actors with us. We wish they could come every day!
This week, First Graders got to solve and create their own number stories! It was amazing to see how many different strategies they had for solving these tricky mental math problems: counting on fingers, making tallies, drawing pictures, using hundreds charts and number lines, and more! Our young mathematicians also practiced independence and persistence in solving some of the trickier problems. It may have been because snack was coming up next, but there were an awful lot of number stories involving cookies!
We were so excited this week to welcome a new friend to our class! We love to have the opportunity to meet new people, and our First Graders went out of their way to show her the ropes, invite her to play games, and answer her questions. It is a testament to their empathy skills and how comfortable they feel in their classroom (and it’s only the 4th full week of school!). These empathetic students are bound for great things this year!