Hopefully this newsletter finds you in a “sunny spot” in the school year! As spring blooms all around us, we’d like to encourage you to take a moment to reflect on all of the successes in your classroom so far this year. Think back to the fall and where your students started out on this learning adventure. Just think about how far they have come! All of their hard work- and yours- is in bloom all around you. Spring is a time to celebrate success as well as refocus on what needs to be accomplished before the end of the school year. Please let us know how we can help you reach your year-end goals. Reach out to us by phone or email and we’d be happy to help.
The GrapeSEED Training Team,
Bridget, Cheryl, Daniel, Jennifer, Jodie, Julie, Marie, and Susan
Be intentional through the final exposure…
Everyday should be a new experience for your students during your GrapeSEED lessons. At the beginning of each unit, you’ll primarily model the Songs, Stories, Action Activities, Chants, Poems, and Big Books for your children. But after the first few exposures you’ll see your students “jump right in” and sing along or say the stories right along with you. But what happens next?
You’ll challenge your students and make every lesson different…
** Ask questions - Use literal (right there) questions, extending the language questions, or open-ended questions depending on the abilities of your students. Start easy and work your way up to more difficult questions.
** Use props - Build meaning and extend the language by using props during your lessons.
**Make Connections - Make the language of the unit useful and connected to what you are teaching during the rest of the day so that students see connections to other things they are learning. This will prompt students to use the language they are learning during GrapeSEED outside of the lesson.
**Strike a balance - Strike a balance between “just” presenting materials and extending them. During your lesson, you won’t have time to extend every material, so choose a few everyday!
What to do?
From time to time, GrapeSEED teachers might find themselves faced with the following quandary:
You’ve finished your 20th exposure to each material in your very last Unit of the school year. However, there are 4 (or 5 or 6---you get the idea!) days left of instruction prior to that very last day with students. Hmm, what should one do in this predicament?
Add another several days worth of exposures from that last Unit? Nah!
Stop GrapeSEED instruction altogether? Of course not!
Why not take advantage of the opportunity to put a creative twist on things? The rest of your little learners’ daily routine might be a bit “off”---we all know that the end of the year can be packed with early dismissals, end of year class trips, outdoor field day events, class picnics & a variety of promotional ceremonies. However, GrapeSEED can continue to provide children with their critical, meaningful routine, right until the very end!
Here are a few options for you to consider:
During your regular GrapeSEED block, why not gather together favorite Songs, Stories, Action Activities, Chants and so forth from previous Units? This is a huge hit with children, an excellent review, and a wonderful way to end the school year on a high note filled with self-confidence!
Another idea might be to gather all of the Shared Reading Poems and Big Books from Units taught throughout the year. What a fantastic way to reinforce the concepts of print, high frequency words and even vocabulary taught and mastered during the school year.
This may even be the perfect opportunity to let the children create simple costumes or puppets to reenact some of their favorite GrapeSEED Stories for other classes as a low-key, informal “GrapeSEED Pageant” or even just with one another!
Whatever you decide, we know that you and your students will be grateful that you decided to keep the GrapeSEED momentum going until that final school bell rings!
Senior Trainer, Jodie Shell
“GrapeSEED Day” in Bridgeport-Spaulding Schools was a huge success!
SO… we are having another one!!
Come and see GrapeSEED in action!
Is your school interested in expanding its use of GrapeSEED? OR Do you have a friend that’s interested in using GrapeSEED in his/her classroom? If so, please pass along the following invitation:
You are cordially invited to attend GrapeSEED Discovery Day in Clinton Township, MI. You can choose what grade level class(es) you’d like to observe, as well as talk to current GrapeSEED teachers, trainers, and administrators about implementation of GrapeSEED at your school.
Please use this link to sign up and join us!
Welcome to our new GrapeSEED Teachers!
Brandon S., Amy C., Betsy R., Tricia B. Not pictured: Sarah L. and Cathy M., Middlebury, IN
Tara D., Trish L., Angie K., Michelle H., Lori F., Annie H., Michelle B. Not pictured: Taylor W. and Gina F., Swan Valley Schools, Saginaw, MI
We also welcome:
- Casey S. and Jenny D. from Springport, MI
- Colin A., Emily G., Jenna K., Rebecca H., Rochelle F., and Tammy S. from East Allen, IN
- Amy S., Kelly F., Kim K., Kristy W., Loresa F., and Pam R. from Corunna, MI
- Brook C., Deanna B., Emily M., Georgie T., Jamie G., Jessica C., Jessica D. Kim W., Ruth Z., Shandra H., and Valeri L., Mount Union, PA
Children Chime In!
Listen to what children are saying about GrapeSEED!
If you’d like your students to be featured in GrapeVINE, email a photo along with the child’s name and quote to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rouwidia loves the Big Book Blue because she can sing the words.
Anri loves the Big Book Black.
Corey can read Blue without any help!
Blake’s favorite story from Unit 3 is We Love School! Blake loves school too!
Abdracman loves to do the actions in Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.
Blake and Hunter read from their GrapeSEED books after breakfast.
Aidyn’s favorite part of GrapeSEED is reading the poems because he can read them all by himself!
Nono and Sera love the Big Book Black.
Hunter’s favorite story from Unit 3 is Marvin Goes to School. He likes it because it’s funny.
Miram’s favorite story is Ten Things from Unit 2.