I’ve known about The Walking Classroom for a few years now. My wish of owning my own set of Walking Classroom kits finally came true this year. Even though the kits are ideally meant for upper elementary and older, my second graders have become hooked on using them!
When I learned that I would be a recipient of a class set of WalkKits, I was very eager to learn all about the materials and resources as soon as I could. My second graders here in Fayetteville, North Carolina, were eager to learn as well! They were all very attentive as we learned how to take care of and use the materials.
We took a walk through the hallways on a Friday afternoon and listened to a wonderful podcast about idioms (4-#7, 5-#3, Complete-#3). My students love idioms! In fact, we have an “idiom of the week” as well as a “word of the week” each week. During the podcast, the kids loved hearing new idioms! They loved to hear ones they already knew as well.
I’m especially excited to use the “John Henry” podcast (4-#40, Complete-#63) with my class! He will be the focus of two texts we will be reading soon in our reading class. I can also imagine myself using so many of the online resources as we walk and learn inside and out!
Even on the last day of school before the winter break, my students wanted to walk and learn! While other classrooms were finishing games, parties, and movies that half-day of school, students in my class were eagerly and excitedly learning more about similes and metaphors! We finished the discussion and lesson when we got back from break.
Our instructional coaches, administration, and other teachers love the idea of The Walking Classroom and are so proud of my students’ enthusiasm for learning when using them! Thank you so much for my class set of WalkKits! I can’t wait to use them more this year and with future students! They are truly a gift that will keep on giving for many years to come.
Second Grade Teacher
Alderman Road Elementary
Hannah Dandoy says
Thank you! Yes, they are, indeed! I absolutely love them! More importantly, I love how much my students LOVE them! The kids are learning so much, are excited to learn in this untraditional way, and it gets us up and out of our seats more often! The discussions afterward are an added bonus!
Tobi Layton says
Congratulations! They’re great, aren’t they!?