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Pages Cafe
Pages Café

In the Pages Café students will find a space built on the foundational belief that one of the most nurturing sounds in the world is a voice reading and sharing a story. They will also encounter opportunities to both pursue their artistic passions and create projects in a cooperative manner. In the Pages Café, students will listen to a story for half of the class period, with time to ask questions and make comments to demonstrate their comprehension and ability to predict, as set forth in Common Core guidelines. For the second half of class, students can choose from over a dozen creative options in the artistic maker space. The maker-space is based on the principles of STREAM: science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts and math. The learning centers encompass painting, sketching, reading, puzzles, gear and Lego building, examining plant life in the science center, board games such as chess and checkers, and social/emotional music and sensory opportunities at the Peace Table. Involvement in our maker-space also gives children the opportunity to engage in 21st century skills such as communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. Our goalsin Pages Café are to nurture a love for the spoken and written word, and to create a space where children can be creative and connected to each other, the community, and the greater world.

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Grade Level Focus

In kindergarten, students are introduced to the expectations of Pages Café and listen to stories with rhymes and predictive texts, to support their classroom beginning reading instruction. Their learning center choices reflect developmentally appropriate opportunities for socialization and sensory exploration, such as creating play dough sculptures together and playing literature-based games such as Pete the Cat makes Lunch.

In first grade, students listen to multicultural folktale units, which supplement their folktale lessons in the general education classroom. In the second part of the year, they are introduced to their first read aloud chapter book, signifying their transition to “big kid books” in Pages. In collaboration with the dance program, first graders also learn a butterfly dance and perform it during our springtime “release the butterflies” celebration.

In second grade, students are able to vote on what chapter book read aloud they would like to hear, another “big kid” transition in our room. In the spring they learn about the butterfly life cycle in their classes, thus bringing great enthusiasm for our annual Pages Café caterpillar/butterfly observations and release.

In third grade, students often choose to read historical fiction, and especially enjoy the “I Survived” Scholastic series year after year. The author lives in CT and has corresponded with us through email, which always sparks the children’s excitement for reading. In this year the students also plant seeds which will later be transplanted into our school garden beds in a crossover project with our Farm to School Intern.

In fourth and fifth grade, students have expressed a real interest in mythology and science fiction, often picking titles from the “Percy Jackson" and the “Aliens Ate my Homework” series. We send art and letters to authors regularly, and often paint and make cards to send to students in other schools, local firefighters, and veterans.

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