Friday, February 17, 2017

In February it's so nice but . . .

In January it's so nice

 while slipping on the sliding ice

to sip hot chicken soup with rice.

Sipping once,

Sipping twice,

Sipping chicken soup with rice.

from Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak

Digging into the Ancient Egyptians!

Kindergartners are on a journey in order to walk (and think) like an Egyptian.  We have delved into several books, heard a very descriptive account of a brain extraction by Isaac at Circle Time and created comic strip-like summaries of The Voyage of Osiris.   During Language Arts, we tried our hand at performing the role of scribe and deciphered and wrote out our names in hieroglyphs.  We are currently embedding hieroglyphs into our mural-like Art project as well. 

Several Kindergartners worked together to assemble an interior foundation (including the anti-chamber and  burial chamber) then added the exterior facade.  They also discussed desert landscapes and complex shapes like the pyramid.  
Miles used his architectural skills to build a structure of another era right next door to his Ancient Egyptian neighbor.

Our Math classes included practice with counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s.  We counted up, used skewers to make tally marks of 5, then bundled sticks to make groups of ten. We are practicing recounting our counts to verify or check our work. Lastly, we are using Egyptian hieroglyphic number symbols to record our totals. 

Toothpicks were used to solve Mathematical equations that are also magic tricks.  Ask your clever Kindergartner how to magically turn five toothpicks into ten!  Ks also practiced creating simple and complex shapes with their sticks.  Multi-repurposed magic!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

P.E.= Pretty Extraordinary!

Oh, to be a kid again!  I am always blown away by the creativity, variety and interdisciplinary application of our Physical Education program!  One day, the children are taking a hike through the woods and observe a garter snake slither across their path. On another day, they are climbing a big hill and discovering hidden treasures while geocaching .  On still other days, Kindergartners have the opportunity to just romp and climb on a plethora of local play structures.  The whole point is to be outside, breathe in the fresh air, work those large muscles and make physical play a natural lifestyle choice!  Hopefully, if Teacher Shan has anything to do with it, there will never be a *last child in the woods! Check out the Kindergartners' latest adventure while sledding during P.E. class!

*Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Dates at a Glance!

This Month's Theme:  Mythology and Magic!

Friday, February 3rd     Friday Morning Coffee with Walter, 8-10 A.M.
Thursday, February 9th  Ice Skating in P.E. with Shan, 9:45-11:30 A.M.
Friday, February 10th    Wild Swan Theater, Drum Me a Story, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 12th   Admissions Open House, 2-4 P.M.
Tuesday, February 14th  Valentines Exchange and Party,  8:45-11:00 A.M.
Friday, February 17th    K-4 Skating Party at Buhr Park, 10:15-11:15 A.M.
February 20th-24th      No School!  Mid-Winter Break!
February 27, 3/6, 3/13    2nd Session EBs (Exploratory Block) begins

Every Friday- ALL School Morning Meeting!  8:45-9:00 A.M.

Global Experiences-Diwali Celebration!

Our SK families are very important to us!  Our rich and vibrant community helps each of us understand, respect and celebrate each other in authentic ways.  We had the opportunity and privilege to do just that this fall when Isha's Grandmother and Mom came in to share one of their family's traditions called Diwali.  Diwali, like many other family celebrations, involves dressing up, decorations, family gatherings, food and fun!  It is also a sacred time to pray, give thanks and celebrate one's beliefs and culture.  We were honored by Isha's Grandmother's sharing of an oral story from India of the Hindu religion and history that has been passed down to her and from generation to generation.

Next, Isha's Mom talked about and demonstrated a traditional art activity called Ranjoli.  This intricate pattern is typically created with sprinkled powder on home floors and roads to decorate for the Diwali celebration. Kindergartners used creativity and a steady hand to apply fine powder over stencils. 

Next, Isha's Mom used the power of the Internet to offer examples of many ways Ranjoli is displayed.

The children also created decorative paper lanterns and painted "floating lanterns" made out of dough by Isha traditionally used to "drive away the darkness."

We later sampled Grand Mother's delicious traditional homemade snacks from Maharashtra, a state in India. We were able to try garbanzo bean flour "Laddo" or sweet balls, tomato and potato "barfi" or flat sweet, sweet and salty "Shankar Pali" or cookies, flat rice called "chiwda" and deep fried garbanzo bean flour noodles called "shev."  We even compared textures, color, size and aromas of many traditional Indian spices. 

Classroom celebrations are opportunities to try something new, teach tolerance, gain knowledge, and hopefully practice respect for differences.  It is also an amazing gift and chance to spread light!