|The Magical Minds||
We Made This: Magical Projects
Stop Motion Film by Joaquin
Our library is still growing, but we have a small collection of both fiction and nonfiction books. Currently they are loosely organized by genre, but later on the Magical Minds will rearrange the books according to their preferred system.
This year I have broken down our studies into eight areas: Author Study, Writing, Reading, Word Study, Math, ChangeMakers, Systems and Wonderings. As we investigate new ideas, I add questions, writing prompts, goals and games to the wall. This helps all of us focus on the current learning goals.
Makers need supplies. Whether you are writing a story, folding origami, drawing, painting, sewing... the Magical Minds can find supplies for their projects on these bookshelves.
The Magical Minds are eager to learn new words. We collect the words we want to write on the word wall as a reference. The three colored ovals will be used to sort words by a variety of patterns such as animal classifications (mammals, birds, reptiles), parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective), spelling patterns (CVC, "bossy E"), etc...
Each week the Magical Minds set an achievable goal for themselves. At the end of the week, the class decides whether or not that goal was met. If a child meets their goals, they are given a blank 'badge' to decorate over the weekend. Slowly over time, their boxes will become covered in self-created goals and accomplishments.
Show What You Know
There are many ways to share your knowledge, and we know that choice is one the best ways to engage learners. When I want the Magical Minds to share what they know about a concept we are learning, I will ask them to choose a form of communication this list. These seven pockets hold several options for self-expression. Currently the pockets are filled with options the Magical Minds chose, such as drawing, paper arts, make a book... Over time the Magical Minds and I will add more challenging methods as we learn new skills.