In January, we've been talking about what it means to be a peacekeeper. The students generated some ideas and traits of a strong leader and how leaders can shape the future. We then read a few biographies about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The students learned about the positive impact of his peaceful words and non-violent actions. We watched clips of the famous 1963 "I have a Dream" speech. The students were inspired to come up with dreams of their own for the world. This week, our own school leader, Mrs. LeFever celebrated her 90th birthday. During the celebration, she shared her own childhood dreams with the children and reminded them that they are the ones who lead us forward into the future.
The 1st and 2nd grade students returned from the Winter Break delving right into our new Science Unit on the World of Weather. So far, the students have learned about the properties of solid, liquid, and gas in order to prepare for understanding the water cycle and all types of precipitation. Pictured above is one of our visually stunning Waseca materials that helps demonstrate the flow of water in our world. Come explore more of our weather materials this Saturday at our Open House from 10-12!
Today 1st and 2nd graders participated in the global event called Hour of Code! The 7th and 8th grade students assisted the children as they explored the beginning essential coding skills. We are looking forward to continuing this "Kodable" program to encourage the development of the children's design, logic and problem solving abilities.
Lately, there has been an explosion of Math concepts all over our classroom! Pictured above are the quintessential Bead Bars that are used when children are very young to teach number quantity and then are used all along as they grow to teach a variety of concepts. In second grade these bead bars provide a hands-on visual to introduce multiplication facts and skip counting from 1-10. Stay posted for the next SeeSaw post to see what Montessori Math Material your child is using in class!
As the students progress from mastery of the various land and water forms to understanding the parts of a Biome, we begin to study the Eight Biomes of the World through the beautiful sets of Waseca culture materials. Pictured above, a second grader is using prior knowledge about cardinal directions and using a map key to follow commands and answer questions related to the Geographical Features of North America. We are so grateful for these amazing materials that help teach geography and foster a world view through a natural lens, rather than just through political boundaries!
We kicked off our new Science unit on Deciduous Trees and Leaves by going for a nature walk last Friday! The children completed a Scavenger Hunt and gathered a variety of leaves from the Walden play yard and neighborhood. At the end of the day, we read the book called Leaf Man by Lois Elhert to inspire leaf art. Pictured here are some of our class Leaf Animal Creations!
So much fun celebrating Literacy today in the classroom! The children brought so many characters to life! With the Kindergartners as an audience, each child practiced introducing themselves and their book choice/author, displayed their character poster and shared their selected traits with evidence. Happy Halloween!
Parents, please review this Character Day Form that was sent home yesterday in your child's backpack. Next Thursday, the Elementary and Middle school students will be celebrating favored characters. The students in Grades 1 & 2 have been learning how to identify character traits and provide evidence. They will present a poster to peers about their chosen character from either a just right book, a classroom read aloud or a favorite read aloud from home. The children are invited to wear or bring a prop to enhance their character presentation. Please read the letter for more information!
The children look forward to Technology each week! We have been working to develop skills including handling the computers properly, logging in and using the track pad. Today we started acclimating our hands on the keyboard for typing. The children practiced placing their pointer fingers on the "f" and "j" keys with thumbs on the space bar. This was exciting and a bit challenging for the children. We hope to build upon these skills throughout the year!
The 1st and 2nd graders are deep into the writing process. We learned that if we narrow a "watermelon" or broad topic down to a narrow "seed," it makes for a captivating story about one moment time. Currently, the students are carefully using tools such as the "Words I Use When I Write" book and a personal Word Wall to edit commonly misspelled words in their writing. We look forward to publishing and sharing our hard work with families and peers next Friday, October 18th!