By Marion Dear, Lower School Teacher

Last Monday was a relief. We recovered from the celebrations of graduation by attending another event on Sunday. Around here, this weekly party is called church. Despite the celebratory events of the weekend, some of us found ourselves homesick and missing our families. Getting back to work felt good and teaching is, in fact, what we are here to do. Now that all my students have individualized reading levels, we are ready to carry on with pushing our thinking and our discussions to higher comprehension levels. In class, we read and analyzed a gorgeously illustrated book called The Kapok Tree  by Lynn Cherry. My class seemed to understand the underlying issues and message. These kids are no strangers to the perils of deforestation. Tuesday, we continued our study of story analysis by studying plotlines. We read One Hen about Kwabena Darko, who established the biggest poultry farm in West Africa. The class was collectively impressed with the achievements of Kojo, the main character, and it was quite satisfying to read a story set right here in the Central Region of Ghana.

one hen

Our read aloud, under an acacia tree.

About Westtown School

Westtown School is a Pre-K through 12th grade Quaker, coed, college preparatory day and boarding school in West Chester, PA.
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