First graders in Holly Burgess, Michelle Jarmon, Monica Johnston, BJ Smallwood, Erin Smith and Rachel Shearer’s classes are tackling tricky words – which recently earned the MECC students a “Football Frenzy Party” with their friends and families.
On October 28, students clad in their favorite football jerseys staged a “performance” that highlighted some of the reading strategies they were mastering. Each student then read a book he or she tackled to a special adult. Students ended the reading celebration with a super bowl (lollipop) ring ceremony, and they watched a video featuring Bengals football players who encouraged students to read!
Reading celebrations are an important part of MECC’s reading philosophy. MECC uses the Reader’s Workshop approach – which springs from the research done at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, and early literacy experts Lucy Calkins and Kathy Collins. In the past years, MECC changed its harvest parties to reading celebrations in order to prioritize the students’ accomplishments as they grow into strong, well-rounded, joyous readers.