From the Principal’s Office
Hello To All Families, Returning and New,
It’s hard to believe that summer is over and school time is here again. We had a great summer here at the Isle, and we are sure this school year will be busy with learning, growing, playing, and making new friends.
Please check out this month’s calendar as there are many important and fun dates to remember.
Additionally, September 6th is Read a Book Day, and September 8th is International Literacy Day. Both events are centered around celebrating literacy and ending illiteracy world wide. You can celebrate by visiting the library, having a “read-a-thon”, and/or creating a cozy reading nook at home. Reading opens up a world of wonders, so spread the word.
Here’s to a cooler and stimulating September.
Peace and Harmony,
Christy and Tina
9/5- Rock Stars
9/14- Pajama Day
9/10-9/14- Scholastic Book Fair
9/13- Back to School Night 5-6 p.m.
9/26-9/27- Picture Days!
Back by Popular Demand
The Scholastic Book Fair
Enchanted Forest Style
Let your imagination grow while you support our school!
Tina’s Book Corner
In conjunction with our book fair this month, I am recommending the world of fairy tales as a way to teach not only emergent literacy skills but also how to encourage critical thinking skills. Fairy tales come in different versions; for example many authors and illustrators have published their own versions of Little Red Riding Hood. Read different versions of one story and have your child compare and contrast versions, and have them support their answers. Are the endings the same or different? What is important to note is that do not read the Disney versions, they are not the original stories and have been “Disneyized.”
When I read fairy tales to my children (and students) we always looked for a moral or a message at the end as well. Little Red riding Hood reminds us to listen to our parents and not to talk to strangers. Cinderella tells us to be nice to others even when they are not nice to us. Discuss with your children what they understood from the story. Or maybe you will just want to enjoy the story as is, and admire the beautiful artwork. And of course, these stories can be read over and over, to be cherished forever.
My favorite tales are:
Little Red Riding Hood
The Little Mermaid (original by Hans Christian Andersen)
Beauty and the Beast
September is Classical Music Month
Children love music, all types of music, and they love to move to it as well. They need exposure to various genres of music, including classical music. Classical music has been shown to increase math skills along with movement skills. The following is a small list of famous and gorgeous music sure to entertain your child, and you!
Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev
Carmen Overture by Bizet
In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg
William Tell Overture by Rossini
Radetzky March by Strauss I
Hoe-Down by Copland
Symphony No. 5 (first movement) by Beethoven