Archive for February, 2015

The 4th Graders Celebrate the Badger State

Posted on: February 28th, 2015

Taste of WI Day

The Fourth Grade classes wrapped up a unit on the state of Wisconsin with “Taste of Wisconsin Day.”   Students wore Wisconsin-related gear and brought in Wisconsin-themed items to share.  They kicked off the celebration with with brats for lunch, graciously donated by Brandon Meats.  After lunch, the class took part in a variety of Wisconsin-themed activities.

Mr. Joe Durant visited for the afternoon and talked to students about his work at the Grande Cheese Company. He talked to the students about some of the many different kind of cheese and the cheese-making process.  The 4th graders even had the opportunity to make some cheese!  The class taste-tested a variety of cheeses, and had some especially strong reactions to the aged provolone cheese.  The class had a great time learning about and celebrating our state and some of its most famous products.

Cultivating a Love of Reading: Part 3

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015


Middle Schooler ReadersAt Brookfield Christian School, we say “every child is a reader.”  Whether they’re making up stories in a picture book, “reading” a well-loved story they’ve memorized, or tackling a challenging novel, we encourage kids where they’re at, and help them get to the next level.  We asked some of our teachers to share a few of their favorite books for students at their grade levels (it was hard for them to narrow it down!).  We’ll share some of their recommendations and tips for encouraging readers of all ages and abilities. 

Middle School Language Arts Teacher Mike Buteyn (Mr. B) encourages his students to read a variety of books in different genres.  It can be challenging, but he believes it is important that kids explore the different types of literature out there instead of limiting themselves to one type of book.

He recommends a few books in different genres that work well with groups of middle school students with diverse interests:

Sci-Fi/Fantasy:
Mr. B. has found that some students enjoy reading series such as  The Hunger Games, Divergent, Percy Jackson, Alex Rider, etc.  In general, middle school kids are drawn to books in a series because it gives them a next step after they finish the book they are currently reading.

Realistic Fiction:
Mr. B. finds that age-appropriate realistic fiction is not the most popular genre for kids this age for some reason. Kids would rather either read a different genre, or they (7th/8th grade in particular) try to jump into young adult fiction that is actually geared for kids a few years older than they are.  Try books by Gary Schmidt like The Wednesday Wars or Okay for Now.

Nonfiction:
He say sports biographies/autobiographies are especially popular with boys.  Mr. B recommends Driven by Donald Driver since he is still a well-known former player, a Packers legend, and a pretty good role model.

Historical Fiction:
Mr. B recommends The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Book Thief for kids who like a story that takes place within the context of a war.  For those who prefer stories that aren’t war-related, a book like The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 has an important historical context.

 

Keep reading:

Cultivating a Love of Reading: Part 1

Cultivating a Love of Reading: Part 2

 

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Cultivating a Love of Reading: Part 2

Posted on: February 15th, 2015

At Brookfield Christian School, we say “every child is a reader.”  Whether they’re making up stories in a picture book, “reading” a well-loved story they’ve memorized, or tackling a challenging novel, we encourage kids where they’re at, and help them get to the next level.  We asked some of our teachers to share a few of their favorite books for students at their grade levels (it was hard for them to narrow it down!).  We’ll share some of their recommendations and tips for encouraging readers of all ages and abilities. 

For our younger readers, we’ve got a “Top 10” List from of our Kindergarten Teachers.  Her classroom has a library filled with books for kids and during quiet time after recess, you’ll often find students with their noses in a book.  Here are some of her favorite books for Kindergarten-age students:

Get in the habit of reading with your children every day – you’ll create great memories and help your child love to read!

 

Keep reading:

Cultivating a Love of Reading: Part 1

 

Would you like to learn more about Brookfield Christian School?  Contact us to schedule a time to visit or for more information.   We’d love to hear from you!

Cultivating a Love of Reading: Part 1

Posted on: February 11th, 2015

teacher reading to studentsAt Brookfield Christian School, we say “every child is a reader.”  Whether they’re making up stories in a picture book, “reading” a well-loved story they’ve memorized, or tackling a challenging novel, we encourage kids where they’re at, and help them get to the next level.  We asked some of our teachers to share a few of their favorite books for students at their grade levels (it was hard for them to narrow it down!).  We’ll share some of their recommendations and tips for encouraging readers of all ages and abilities. 

When we peeked into the 4K classroom last week, we heard giggles as Mrs. Bylsma read aloud from a funny book about teeth.  She says, “books with humor are fantastic for exposing children to the joy of reading.”  The 4K class often reads funny books by authors such as Mo Willems, or stories with repetition where the students can “read” along or participate.  Mrs. Byslma suggests books like The Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle and Owl Babies by Eric Waddell to encourage interactive reading.

She also recommends rhyming books like Dr. Seuss’ ABC by Dr Seuss and Bill Martin Jr.’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  The 4K students love non-fiction books with lots of photos and facts.  She provides books about real butterflies, bears, sharks, whales, space and other topics they are learning about throughout the year.  Wordless books like Peter Spier’s Noah’s Ark are great for allowing children to look at illustrations and create their own stories.

Mrs. Bylsma’s favorite Bible for kids is The Beginner’s Bible.  She loves the simple illustrations and the concise text.

 

Keep reading:

Part 2: Cultivating a Love of Reading: Part 2

 

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