Monday, January 6, 2020

SYMMETRY!-!YRTEMMYS


One of the terms that is frequently being used in the Kindergarten  classroom lately is the word "symmetry". Ks have applied this concept to our portrait drawings, beading projects, block building, informal discussions about the human body, snowflake paper folding and some geometric figures. We set out, on this particular day, to create "mirrored" images using reflective paper and rulers in order to demonstrate, according to Wikipedia, the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis or a sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance." 

























My Kids' spectacular Disney World view of the incoming year!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020   Happy New Year!!!
Monday, January 6th               School resumes
Fridays (except 1/24)                 Exploratory Block Classes 10:30-11:30 A.M.
Monday, January 20th              Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! No School!

Friday, December 13, 2019

A Serendipitous Encounter with a Visionary!




















She still holds in her heart an original idea of each classroom being representative of a singular discipline. A one room school house feeling with mixed-aged learners.

She envisioned that there would be daily pairings of readers from upper grades with lower grades (like the Kindergartners) to mutually strengthen skills.

It was a cause from a person that said that they did not read well until the middle of high school but learned to adapt herself and got by with exquisite dioramas, exceptional oratorical skills, and an abundance of charisma. 

She came from generations of educators, most of them formally trained, while others held the gifts of other types of brilliance, wisdom and knowledge.  Family members dispelled the notion that their future loved ones were not "engaged." Others just did not recognize the gifted-ness that was right in front of them.

She created an environment that provided a computer for each teacher to support the every growing interest in technology and as a tool to support ways to learn.

She and her husband generously gave to a project that would allow gifted students to thrive, to engage, and to set themselves apart from the ordinary. 

She is still giving and dreaming and tearing down and building and changing things. She likes change, she said. 

This legend happened to walk into our classroom this morning. She is Ruth Summers-Knoll (founder of Summers-Knoll School.) 


Monday, December 2, 2019

December Dates at a Glance!




December Dates at a Glance

Monday, December 2nd.        School resumes after Thanksgiving Break!
Friday, December 6th           Exploratory Blocks (EBs) 10:30-11:30 A.M.
Tuesday, December 10th        Chess lessons with Brooke's Dad 8:45 A.M.
Thursday, December 19th      Polar Express Hot Chocolate in Pajamas Party!
Friday, December 20th          Scholastic Books Pajama Drive count day!            
Friday, December 20th          Last 1/2 day of the 1st Semester-11:30 Dismissal 
Monday, Dec. 23rd-Jan. 3rd    No School. Winter Break!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving-Charlie Brown Feast Style

Menu

Popcorn
Pretzels
Toast
Jelly Beans
Pumpkin Pie

Kindergartners began the party by watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving-some for the first time!


Earlier in the week, Ks weaved colorful place mats in preparation. 



We used jumbo popcorn manipulatives and number lines to practice adding random number sequences during math class earlier in the week.


Then we feasted on the real thing during our party.


Ks hosted several of our wonderful family members! 






And thought about all of them in their own special way!



We never want to miss an opportunity to record our memories.





Ks then spent time outside to refresh themselves and run off some of all those jelly beans!






 Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!



Monday, November 18, 2019

Eco Fair pics Pt 2






After the parade, a shared Who Took My Hairy Toe story before splitting up into small activity groups!



Our Parents and Grand Parents are the BEST!!!!!!






Can you do it with just one Minute to Win It?