Writing Celebrations and Destination Imagination

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Tavish is sharing his new story about a portal and an orange crayon.

This morning the Elementary gathered in small groups for Writing Celebrations. This is a time when we share pieces of writing that are in the drafting process and/or completed published pieces. We give each other feedback and suggestions on how to revise our writing and we celebrate our final drafts!

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Maggie and Taye’Sean listen to Finley’s story.

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Beatrice is reading with excitement!

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After Writing Celebrations, we continued our morning with Destination Imagination. This is an exciting time on Friday mornings where we practice working in a group, thinking creatively and strengthen our classroom community. This morning’s activity was a performance. Each group had a few minutes to plan a skit. The skit should be about what it would be like on the inside and the outside of an aquarium. After brainstorming their ideas they acted out their plan. IMG_1968.JPG

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A friend plays with a dolphin through the glass!
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More fish in the aquarium
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Sea animals are silly in the water.
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A starfish sprawls out next to a seahorse

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Feudal System

The Medieval Times were far different from the time we live in today. This week we have been reviewing the Feudal System and and the different people that lived so many years ago. Our older students have been making visuals to help us understand the ranking system. Our younger students have been learning about the people that lived during this time period and what their roles are. IMG_6544.JPG

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Survey Monkeys

This morning some of our preschool students conducted several surveys. Some included favorite numbers, colors, and flavors of ice cream. Students practiced writing skills during this activity and used tally marks to record their results.  The students then compared the numbers for each response.

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Stages of a Butterfly

The students’ interest in butterflies continues to grow as we make observations in Honalee.  Today, we spent time looking at books and discussing the different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle.  Together we discovered that they start out as an egg, hatch into a caterpillar, build themselves a chrysalis, and finally turn into a beautiful butterfly.  Today, each student was given the opportunity to create their own chart displaying the different life cycle stages.  They are hanging on the windows when you walk into the building — check them out!

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Take A Journey

After our K-1 Showcase this morning, our students enjoyed “Journey”, a word-less picture book by Aaron Becker. Mrs. Clifton did a wonderful job engaging the students in questioning, foreshadowing, and predictions. Our preschool students really enjoyed interacting with the elementary students and sharing in that reading experience.

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K-1 Showcase

This morning we had our very first K-1 Showcase of the year. Students brought in their favorite stuffed animals, toy trucks, a special blanket, a microscope with real bugs, a dollhouse, and a special hermit crab. We enjoy sharing this time with our parents, classmates, and preschool friends. We ended the morning by sharing a wordless book called Journey. We are already looking forward to next month’s showcase!IMG_1929.JPG

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Small Group

On Tuesday, Miss Taylor did a small group where the students discussed and created a list about what they would find in a castle. Next, the students worked together to create a picture containing everything on their list! Next, we worked on out first letter sounds and labeled our castle.

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Butterflies

This week, we had a preschool family bring in caterpillars to share with the students. We have a tank with a Milkweed plant, 2 fat caterpillars, 2 chrysalises, and 3 baby caterpillars.

The students have taken a true interest in learning the life cycle of a butterfly — it will be beneficial for them to actually witness this process taking place in the classroom. We will keep them in the tank until they turn into beautiful butterflies!

We encourage you to ask your child(ren) what they are learning about butterflies!

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Fruit Loop is Back in Action

On Tuesday, Fruit Loop came back to Stephens Preschool! Fruit Loop is an Albino Corn Snake — he is friendly, non-poisonous, and is orange in color. We have spent the last couple days learning various facts about snakes and discussing how to handle them, carefully. Be sure to ask your child(ren) what they have learned about Albino Corn Snakes. A few of the facts we have discussed are —

1. They eat frozen mice and drink water

2. They don’t digest the mouse bones so spit them up.

3. They use their tongues to smell

4. They like to be warm

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