Preschool had a great morning at the park!
In the pictures below, we’ve captured students working on a variety of math activities. Read the captions under each photograph to see what the students are doing.
Ms. Kelsea and Mrs. Griffin have been working on basketball in P.E. and the students are excelling at all of the different skills! They have practiced passing, dribbling, lay ups and shooting skills. Each Monday we have a chance to teach the Elementary students a little more about the sport. Finally, due to the warm weather they had a chance to be outside together and run some basketball drills with shooting and dribbling. The younger students have named their team The Champions. Next Monday we are hoping to finally put all of our skills together to play some 3 on 3 and talk about sportsmanship as a group.
Continuing our study in the genre of Non Fiction, students kicked off the day with three different Focus Lessons. Our Focus Lessons are short lessons on specific topics. Older students were introduced to the different components of a news cast. Then they partnered up with a peer and chose one component. These partners will research and write this part of the news cast.
To experience current events on their own, they explored current event apps for children like Time For kids!, Scholastic, and National Geographic for kids. These are great apps for you to download at home too!
We started our morning with Independent Inquiries because we don’t have school tomorrow.
Marley taught us about Indians. She came in dress and had a lot to show us.
Konrad raised a lot of questions about black holes.
And Elena talked to us about pointe shoes…
she even brought in her older sister to give a demonstration!
If you are ever interested in watching our presentations, please let us know or just stop by on a Friday morning!
Imagine walking into the Elementary classroom and observing students with the same chapter book in their hands talking to each other. By walking around listening to the students you can observe their passion for books. They are actively engaged, communicating to each other about the book they’ve been reading. They are comprehending at higher levels through conversations and they are able to describe characters, setting, and connections to each other.
This is a Book Club!
Every Thursday our older students get together to discuss their reading assignment. This morning was some of their first times meeting together. They discussed the books and then were asking each other questions about parts they didn’t understand. In the end they were making predictions about what will happen next.
Al Capone Does My Shirts: Chapters 4-7
Number the Stars: Pages 66-94
Regarding the Fountain: Pages 60-90
We will meet again next Thursday.
To dive deeper with the scientific method we have split the kids up. The kindergarten through first graders started to work with bubbles today! We watched a short clip about bubbles and then moved into an experiment. If we blow bubbles through a round wand what will we observe about the shapes?
In the end students concluded that all the bubbles were round!
The students responded that the bubbles were all round because our wand was round. This inquiry lead us to a few new questions.
Are all free-floating bubbles always round?
On Thursday we will continue our study of experimental design and revisit these questions. We will come up with a hypothesis and then test it with an experiment:
Our learning objectives are: Allowing students to follow the scientific method through various science experiments. Students will record results observed through exploring bubbles and student will use different shapes to blow bubbles to record results altered by conditions.
On Wednesdays in preschool, we have specials in lieu of small group time. First Honalee friends have music with Ms. Violet. Today in music we learned about rhythm. We were able to tap out the rhythm of our names with our sticks. Almost everybody in our class has two beats in their name. Studies have shown that using music as a means of expression is an excellent way to reach young or shy children.
Today in French, we continued to study our colors, days of the week, and months. Today is Mercredi, Fevrier 26. All preschool classes were excited to sing the songs that we have come to know and love. Learning a knew language is the best way to educate young minds about the diverse cultures of the world.
Our last stop of the day was Art. We continued working on our castles which fit perfectly with our fairy tale unit. Today, many of our students added kings, queens, knights and dragons to their collage. Our castles are made out of geometric shapes. Art is an excellent medium for learning about mathematical concepts.