Anytime I can extend the school day into the evenings, (I learned at today's PD that it is called 24/7 school) I am very excited. I continue to discuss the importance of STRONG comments on Wonderopolis. Those comments are so important because it extends my students learning beyond our classroom. Every Wednesday, we discuss a wonder that connects to our standards but as important to me are the conversations that continue at home with the wonder. As a parent, I often remember asking my own kids, "What's new?" and both of them would have the preverbal answer of "Nothing." I was never sure what to ask besides what did you do in math, reading, writing? Even as a teacher, it was difficult for me have a conversation about their school day.
With that said, getting back to Wonder comments. Leah is in my class this year, and I suggested to the students to connect WONDER #428 Who Was St. Nick? with our class read aloud, Family Under the Bridge. Leah not only took me up on my suggestion and wrote an amazing comment. She took the suggestion of the WONDER and left her shoe out just in case St.Nick might visit that night. Imagine the conversations with her family and what fun it was for them to start a new family tradition from reading the wonder as a family. Read her post below which she posted the next morning.
Success = connecting family + school!