1st grade Book Club - April
Kaye Hirst, former director of the Rowan Museum, was the guest reader at Hanford-Dole's quarterly First Grade Book Club. Mrs. Hirst read the book, "Giraffes Can't Dance" to all the first-grade students. She was quite animated while reading the book, sharing the meanings of words, comparing how all the jungle animals were different, how everyone can "dance" when we find the music we love and even demonstrated different kinds of "dance steps!" Feelings of embarrassment and being bullied were brought out when Gerald the Giraffe, with his long neck and skinny legs, couldn't dance like all the other jungle animals.
Hanford-Dole's Book Club is sponsored by grants from Target Stores, Schneider Electric and CIS-Rowan. Fran Simpson, Communities In School Site Support Specialist, did a parent presentation on the book that was read to the parents in attendance. She shared how parents can help their child with "thinking skills" questions to increase comprehension, using "why" to have the student explain their opinion/view, and even an example of art and music were included. Hanford-Dole and Communities In Schools are committed to engaging the parents in school activities to better prepare students and parents to work together with the school.
Communities In Schools--Rowan
Student Support Specialist