Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

To Joan, Marlee, Phyllis, Keely, Elaine, Betsy, Barbara, Yao Lu, Sarah, Alex, Valeria 
and our Lovely Grandmas

Putting on your game face 
in the face of adversity
your lap a soft land for uncertainty
a masterful shape-shifter 
for the sudden and unpredictable
pulling out your bag of tricks
 for the trick-ickiness of uncertain times
providing an undercurrent of warmth and solid bedrock 
for the rough current of current situations
solid, far reaching, bendable 
like a branch 
of a steadfast backyard tree
playing hide and seek 
with some emotions 
to maintain strength for others
wearing your role 
like a champion 
slipping on their victory belt
It's not pretend.
You pull on what is already in you
through you
permeating out of your pores
and has been since
the moment 
became a Mom.

        -love, val

Monday, May 4, 2020

Kindergarten Virtual Check-ins for March/April

Although our way of doing Kindergarten and school has shifted significantly in such a short period of time, I have rediscovered that Kindergartners are naturals at being curious, taking risks, exploring options and finding ways to pass the time. They are the masters of their own fun!      

Some tackled (and conquered) more specific challenges like learning how to ride a bike, read chapter books, dribble basketballs and take on household chores. Others have acquired new skills like how to be stealthy quiet and/or lip reading. Our class is practicing speaking only one at a time during classroom chats and how to work independently on a task. We have also found that slowing all the way down and spending extra time with Mom, Dad, siblings and pets is the shimmery, glistening silver lining that hovers over us and incapsulates us and provides safety in the storm.

Kindergartners went on a household hunt for geometric shapes during a review of "Geometric Shapes and Solids."

Ks sent in observations of nature's treasures and first signs of Spring.

Self exploration leads to self fulfillment!

Our beautiful families spent extra special family time!

Our newest Kindergartner!

Our inspiration Art pieces included Icarus by Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt's Birch Forest l, 1903. (above), topiary environmental  sculptures (various), and Dollar Signs by Andy Warhol.

There were several beautiful and thoughtful books used for story times including some by local authors. Overarching themes included trees, vegetables and gardening, woods walks and other nature's finds.

Ks discovered birch bark and created rhythmic birch bark landscape sketches and paintings. 

Amazing artwork!!!

Kindergartners were challenged to record a plant, fruit or vegetable that began with each letter of the alphabet during one writing activity! 

Another writing prompt response produced a beautiful illustration and fun story.

Our Math units on "Time" and "Fractions" divided clocks and pies. We then segued into a unit on "Currency" and sorted and added (and divided) dollars and cents.

Another sure sign of Spring-flowering trees.

So, what does it mean when snow defies gravity and seasons?

Virtual Paint Party-Warhol Factory style!

Kindergartners are thoughtful and problem solvers! J. stated that she wants to now be a doctor so that she can help all of the sick people.

-Jake Lande

What an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G (and unbelievably circular) bow !!!!! 

Fun fact: According to Wikipedia, A 22 degree halo is an optical phenomenon that belongs to the family of ice crystals halos. Its form is a ring with an apparent radius of approximately 22 degrees around the Sun or Moon. It forms as direct sunlight is refracted in millons of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.  A halo may be visible on as many as 100 days per year-much more frequently than rainbows.

A gigantic thank you to each and every Family for contributing to daily chat meetings, sharing times and family gatherings, assignments and activities, your honesty and insights, helpful comments and suggestions, beautiful artwork, pictures and videos, and your resiliency throughout the past two months!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A High Flying Visit with a Pilot!

While we were grounded from traveling by flight, we had our own SK Dad visit and give authentic information about his passion and shared a great story!