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The Third Week Ends/ Hoboken Studies

October 4, 2021 | Heather Palmer Welesko

It’s the end of the third week in second grade. There is still a lot to do, but we are on our way. We started book groups this week; begun studying phonics rules like vowel combinations and consonant blends; and we’re well on our way in Math, learning how to tell time, differentiate between coins, and memorize basic addition and subtraction facts. We’ve also started Shared Space work!  Only three weeks and so much is happening. School is in session!

Maybe the most fun “happening” is Hoboken Studies. Each day students consider a different aspect of Hoboken. On day one, they talked about what kind of people live in Hoboken. Another day we discussed businesses that thrive here. After that, foods and religions. Today we went on a walk to Pier C and drew what people do for fun in Hoboken. Then WE had fun!

We closed our Thursday playing at Pier C! Look out for next week’s blog on Math!

Heather Palmer Welesko

Assistant Teacher, Grade 4

Heather Welesko has taught at Mustard Seed School for seven years as an assistant teacher and for over five years as a literacy teacher. Prior to that she was a literature and writing composition professor at Kean University and Harold Washington College of Chicago. Heather has an MFA in writing and poetry from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from Evangelical Seminary.

Ms. Welesko has advanced training in the Handwriting Without Tears program; the Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Program, and the Responsive Classroom/ Development Designs Program through Origin. She continues professional develop through The Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She’s passionate about literature, creativity, comprehensive education, believes strongly in teaching identity and diversity awareness.

Ms. Welesko is a poet, artist, and yogi, and is currently learning.

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