In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, we do a lot of work around gratitude. First Graders learn how gratitude makes our lives better and more fulfilled. Gratitude helps us realize all of the good people, places, and things in our lives. We discuss how to show gratitude and how to accept it with grace. In doing so, students produce a gratitude book. On each of the six pages inside, First Graders write some place, something, or someone that they are grateful for. The books are illustrated and bound and are presented to parents at our annual Harvest Feast celebration.
This week we completed our Character Study unit in Reading Workshop. We focused on identifying which characters we were rooting for in each story, and which problem we hoped they would overcome. We looked closely at classic and contemporary children’s literature, including First Grade favorites like Stellaluna, Corduroy, Stella: Fairy of the Forest, One Fine Day, and much more.
Flood Victim Relief
Our students are amazing. After the devastating floods several weeks back, TCS students independently decided that they wanted to raise money to support flood victims in our area. Our students helped organize a drive, and by week’s end we had almost $700 to contribute to the Salvation Army. On Friday of this week, Major Tom Richmond of the Salvation Army came to The Cooper School on Friday to gratefully accept our student-raised funds.