May 27, 2016

Last week, we began a new chapter book with the class--James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Each day, we've been trying to read two chapters so that we can finish it before the school year ends. We've now read 10 chapters, and the class is positively obsessed with the story--they've even begun chanting, "James and the giant peach..." before we gather to read it! We are thrilled that the book is such a hit, as it is such a rich text, full of vocabulary words, detailed descriptions, and interesting characters. Reading this book daily has also allowed for great discussions afterward, encouraging children to make predictions, relate the text to their own experiences, and summarize previous chapters when catching up children who may have missed a chapter on their home days. Teachers and children alike have been looking forward to read aloud times, and we are all looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds. At this point, James is inside the peach and has met the spider, grasshopper, and centipede--we can't wait to learn what will happen next!