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First-grade teachers are in our third year of Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop implementation. The curriculum is research-based and used in classrooms across the globe. Our units of study focus on narrative, opinion, and informational writing. This program helps to develop a life-long love of writing and equips each author with the tools and independence needed to create books of all varieties.

blog_writing3.jpgDuring a unit, students are guided through the...Read more

What is fluency?

Reading fluency is the ability to read a text at a steady rate, with expression and accuracy. Fluency has a direct correlation to reading comprehension, and can often be an indicator of your child’s understanding of a text. A common misconception associated with the term “fluency” is that a fluent reader is a quick reader. Children who read too quickly often insert or omit keywords, are unable to recall important details and read through punctuation.

Is your child ready to work on fluency?  

Students who are still...Read more

When integrated in intentional and meaningful ways, technology goes hand in hand with the 6 C’s of education: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, citizenship, and character education. These life skills are critical for success in our ever-changing world, and Rossman educators cultivate each of them on a daily basis by enhancing students’ learning through technology that is visible in many forms. By giving our students accessibility to technology when needed, we give them a choice in their voice to the world.

This summer, Rossman was able...Read more

blog_literacy-1.jpgFirst grade students spend two weeks each year learning about domestic and global poverty through a critical literacy unit. Critical literacy instruction is one way to engage students in the study of other cultures, current events and social justice in a developmentally appropriate way. The format aims to teach students how to read a text in a...Read more

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

What ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed in 350 B.C. is precisely what we aspire to impart every day at Rossman School — a balanced education of heart and mind. Academically, students discuss great literature and history, as well as participate in scientific investigation and collaborative group projects, all which offer rich opportunities to integrate lessons of a parallel priority: the development of strong character. As a complementary social component of character...Read more

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Rossman’s library is not your grandma’s library.

*SHHHHHH*

Pirates have invaded the Rossman Library! Aargh! Shiver Me Timbers! We are talking like pirates, reading pirate books, looking for gold and munching on goldfish. What an experience!

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For many years, first grade students have enjoyed an interactive and educational field trip to the Magic House. This challenging program, designed for second and third graders, provides our students with a taste of life as a working adult within a community.

In preparation for this recent field trip, students were assigned jobs such as veterinarian, banker, nurse or park ranger. They learned about the skills necessary to complete their upcoming tasks. Additionally, we spent several weeks studying various aspects of the economy including goods and services, producers and consumers,...Read more

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This week, the Rossman community celebrated the school’s 100th year with a Day of Service personifying the values Rossman has held close for a century. Students, faculty, staff and parent volunteers participated in the “Service Triathlon” supporting three non-profit organizations: Good Shepherd Children and Family Services in St. Louis, Operation Gratitude...Read more

blog_finemotor-4.jpgIn the art room, children are getting creative, solving problems, and even exercising. This may be a surprise. Although we don’t often break a sweat, each day little hands are building up their fine motor muscles. In addition to all of the great educational benefits of the visual arts, the physical development that takes place in the classroom is also...Read more

In 1825, a young Abraham Lincoln borrowed a book from a neighbor and while in his possession, the book was ruined due to a roof leak. Lincoln worked for his neighbor to compensate for the book’s value, thus becoming the first book Lincoln would personally own. Through this brief glimpse into our 16th president’s life, there is much to admire and learn about Lincoln’s character, his respect for learning and the responsibility he exhibited to repay his neighbor. As parents and educators, Lincoln’s life stories present many opportunities to teach the intangible, yet enduring values Rossman...Read more

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