We Read and Grow!
Haldane’s unique Read and Grow program brings literature and curriculum to life through experiential learning. Our younger learners enjoy picture books with an introduction to chapter books and library organization. Upper elementary students delve deeper into literary genres and research skills. Monthly outdoor lessons take place in our school garden, forest pond classroom or around campus. Outdoor activities often correspond directly to the curriculum, though students are also given freedom to explore and discover on their own.
Haldane’s Read and Grow library/garden program will continue to bring literature and curriculum to life through experiential learning. Class will be outdoors whenever possible. Ms. Llewellyn teaches kindergarten through fourth grade. Ms. Eckes teaches 5th grade.
Our school garden and forest pond classroom were created by parent volunteers to benefit all students. Garden and outdoor activities enhance curriculum as children use their whole body and all of their senses to explore, imagine, discover and learn. As the particular date of the monthly outdoor lesson is subject to weather and other variables, students should always come prepared to be outdoors on their Library/Garden special day. Consider precautions for tick prevention, sun exposure, insect repellant and foot and headwear. Tick and poison ivy awareness are emphasized at all grade levels.
For more information, visit the Read and Grow website.
* Students may choose two books per week to check out from the Haldane Elementary School Library.
* Books are checked out for one week at a time. They are due on the next library/garden special day. (If there is no class due to a holiday or an absence, the books are not considered overdue.)
* Each classroom has a library book collection bin. Students can return their books there on the morning of their library/garden special. There is also a drop-bin in the school library where books may be returned at any time.
* Students who wish to renew their books may do so for up to two additional weeks.
* Books that are not returned may not be exchanged for new books. (So, if a child forgets one book at home but brings one in, they may choose one new book to take home that week.)
* Library books that are lost or damaged should be replaced with a brand-new copy of the book, or payment can be made for a replacement. If a book is not returned for several weeks a slip will be sent home detailing this procedure.
Educators do their best to help students select books that are appropriate for their reading level and that will nurture a love of literature.
It is a privilege to read and grow with your children. Feel free to be in touch with any questions or concerns:
For more information on the Read and Grow program, contact:
Ms.Llewellyn, 845-265-9254 x140Librarian Grades Kfirstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and updates on the school garden, visit:
www.growinghaldane.com and/or “like” Growing Haldane on Facebook.
These pages, like the school garden, are maintained by parent volunteers.
As part of their geography unit, Mrs. Satterlee's 3rd graders braved the cold and went on a scavenger hunt to locate plants in the school garden from all 7 continents! These intrepid explorers worked in groups to navigate their way to specific plants, using their knowledge of landforms and directions, even using compasses!
For students interested in learning more about the history of "Plant Hunters" and the dangers they faced traversing the globe to discover new plants, check out this book by Anita Silhavy.