Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day Haikus and Portraits!


He’s an engineer
He likes to make sourdough bread
He’s lava monster -Lucia

Things About Daddy

Daddy likes smarties
He does bathtub time with us
Daddy goes to work   -Henry

We play on the scape
I like being outside with him, 
On cozy blankets -Lynn

The Tale of Jason Sr.

He likes to do work
He likes video games, He
Likes playing with me -J.J.

Daddy (Marco) by Livia

I love my Dad very much

My Dad plays with me
I love my Dad very much,
And my Dad loves me -Graham


My Dad likes bath-sez  
And my Dad likes me a lot
Dad likes to ride bikes -Alex

(Granddad's) Fish

We fish together
He catches regular fish
Golden-ish yellow -Augustus

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Probability with Ed Feng, Statistician

One of my favorite math lessons of the year is taught by 2x Kindergarten Alum Parent Ed Feng. Ed is a statistician or data scientist, with an amazing ability to explain "probability" to 5/6 year olds and to remember every child's name within minutes.   

 Ed uses humor and colorful table tennis balls to show just how unpredictable life can be (like when the children begin to vehemently cheer for "rain"- represented by a red ball instead of "sun"- represented by a yellow ball.

He first asked the children to predict and record the weather for the next 7 days. Kindergartners were cautious and thoughtful during this exercise.

Then, ball selections were technically random but somehow some children said that they discerned that one ball was "fuzzier" than the other so that they could tell the difference. (This, however, was not proven by the adults in the room.)

The desire was for, "rainy days because I like jumping in puddles," Lulu stated.

Our selections proved that you just never know what you might get, but ideally the results should be about 50/50.

Afterward, some children had a bit of a change of heart, I guess, and realized that sunny days were really the most desirable weather forecasts. (Okay, that was the most desirable by the adults in the room.)

Another exercise asked us to predict how many of a particular ball color was in a  bag of 5 balls based on our selections. Can you tell?

Thanks Ed! We hope that the probability that you will visit the Kindergartners again next year is high!

June Dates at a Glance!

Monday, June 3rd                Probability Math lesson with Ed Feng, Statistician
Tuesday, June 4th                Fossil Park trip with Shan during Science, 9-11:30 A.M.
                                        Swimming at A2 Racquetball Club, 2-3:30 P.M.
Wednesday, June 5th           Trip to the Toledo Zoo, 8:45 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
Friday, June 7th                   EBs 10:30-11:30 A.M.
Friday, June 7th                   SK 5K+ Races, County Farm Park, 2-3 P.M.
Monday, June 10th               Workout with Lindsey H., 8:45 A.M.
Tuesday, June 11th               SK Field Day! 1-3 P.M.
Wednesday, June 12th          Last day of School! 1/2 Day only. Dismissal at 11:30
Friday, June 14th                  Staff Debrief & Planning Meeting day!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Brazilian Family and Folklore

Livia's Grandparents (and Mom) visited our class before traveling back home.

They shared a story called Curupira, traditional folklore that is said to be, by one source, "probably the first ever to be documented in Brazil. Curupira means 'child's body' in the tupi-guarani language."

Livia's  "VaVa" (avó, Grandmother) and "VoVo" (o avô, Grandfather) explained that this character typically has green teeth, hair that is aflame, and backwards facing feet.  It main role is protector of the forest and the animals that live there.

We were happy to find out that this tale is typically told in the oral tradition and that the character is somewhat of a trickster as well. We have been talking about both of these concepts all throughout the school year. It also has the characteristics of tremendous speed and strength.

 In the story, Curupira misled one would-be hunter with footprints that looked like they were going in the wrong direction.

Livia's family also helped us locate Brazil on the map and informed us that it  is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.

Kindergartners seemed to really enjoy the story and afterward, huddled up to look at the funny and bright colored illustrations again!

Livia's "Vava" gave each of the Kindergartners a hug before their departure. We are happy that they made time to share some of their culture with us
before heading back to Brazil!

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The Morning with a Mathematician Mom !

Lynn's Mom Elaine came in to send time with us on last Thursday. The visit began with a "Flat Stanley" return back to the Kindergarten room. Lynn and Mom shared how they attended a Memorial Day parade in Dexter (partly for the candy that is thrown out) but mainly to honor those who serve in our U.S. armed forces.


Beautiful photos showed how "Stanley" waited in anticipation of passerby. It also revealed, to some of our surprise, an army tank in the background.

Afterward, Mom read  book Temple Cat by Andrew Clements, about a royal Egyptian feline who desperately wanted to be treated like a house kitty.

Next each Kindergartners was given a length of ribbon and step by step instructions.

Ks made predictions about certain outcomes

. . . and had creative ideas with the results of the experiment.

Variations on the instructions yielded surprising results.

So, what would be the application of this very cool activity?

Giant Möbius strips have been used as conveyor belts that last longer because the entire surface area of the belt gets the same amount of wear, and as continuous-loop recording tapes (to double the playing time).

I know, what's a 'recording tape'? I'll have you look that one up on your own!:)