We had such a special classroom picnic to celebrate our amazing year! Our awesome parent volunteers helped create and organize a Carnival game experience with tickets, games and prizes. We enjoyed a picnic lunch outside in the shade and enjoyed an afternoon of relay water games, music and decorating canvas bags.
Spring is a joyful time for the children to get outside, explore, play, move and wonder in the beauty of the Walden campus. We are seizing every opportunity in all academic areas to get outside and learn through the natural world. We look forward to seeing you at the Classroom Picnic!
...And watch each other grow! A few weeks ago, we started learning about the parts of a plant/flower and the plant life cycle. The students each planted Morning Glory seeds in a damp paper towel and placed them in the classroom windows in zip lock bags. Over the next few days, the children used their careful, scientific observational skills to sketch the changes in growth of their seeds in an Observation Log. The children were excited to witness the miracle of plant life each day upon arrival to school! We finally transferred these baby seedlings alongside tree saplings in our Mother's Day planters. We hope our Mom’s will nurture our Morning Glories and baby trees as much as they love and nurture us!
This month, we started our Poetry reading and writing unit! The children are learning how to identify rhyme scheme and use literary devices. So far, we have written Senses poems, Acrostics, silly 4 line Rhyming Poems guided by phonics concepts, and Cinquains! Springtime is always the perfect time of year to observe the changes in nature and "paint pictures" with words! We look forward to exploring more types of poetry throughout the rest of the Spring!
The children are learning to "enjoy the little things" in life! During our recent STEM themed Fun Friday, the children explored using a microscope for the very first time! As a part of our Human Body Science unit, we explored samples of hair, skin and nails up close and made scientific observations and descriptions of these relatable parts of the body! The children were engaged, curious and eager to learn more about microscopic building blocks of our amazing bodies!
The children are so excited to study the different systems of the human body! We started by learning about the Skeletal System. Did you know there are 206 bones in a fully developed human skeleton? We've been learning that the bones are what create structure in the body and protect internal organs. We look forward to adding on to our body model with a variety of materials to represent each body system.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! The children celebrated the start of the Chinese New Year on Friday, February 12th. We read the story of Tan and Gram and then designed our own Tangrams. At The Walden School, we celebrate the cultural traditions practiced around the world. We wish you all great happiness and prosperity this year!
To kickoff Black History Month, the children have been thinking deeply about this viral image pictured above created by Bria Goeller. We can see Kamala Harris walking with the shadow of a young Ruby Bridges, who integrated a New Orleans elementary school in 1960. This updated image, inspired by the original titled "The Problem We All Live With" by Norman Rockwell, portrays two important, influential American women walking at "the forefront of history" during their time. This week, we have been studying how Ruby Bridges' story and Kamala Harris' position as the first Black Female Vice President have made history. We are learning about how this will inspire change for all women and for BIPOC alike for many years to come. Through a variety of Biography and Autobiography texts the students are learning, questioning, and standing up for what is right, true, just and fair for all as we have committed to teaching anti-racism and inspiring activism at The Walden School.
The students in Grades 1 & 2 have launched into our Non Fiction Reading/Writing Unit in conjunction with our Planets & Space Science Unit. This also pairs well with the hands on Montessori materials about Our Cosmic Story. We blasted off into 2021 with this cross curricular subject by identifying our place in the universe. Pictured above, the students built a diagram of the solar system by using recycled pizza box lids, shiny wrapping paper, black paint, and pom poms. We are now traveling deeper to learn more in depth about Earth's immediate neighbors. The students are researching either an inner, outer or dwarf planet. We will use the facts from our research to form organized paragraphs with a main idea and details. We are looking forward to a Zoom visit tomorrow with Dr. Stephanie Jarmak, an astronomer and planetary scientist via the Skype a Scientist program!
Our next reading and writing study is How To Writing. The children have been exploring how to writing by following craft directions, sequencing stories, and observing the steps of modeled recipes. We realize that How To's can be found everywhere! From cookbooks, board game directions, YouTube, to verbal directions from adults, children are exposed to How To's every day! Now, it's the children's turn to write their own. For this year's annual Grade 1 & 2 Holiday Tradition Celebration, the children will instruct their peers on how their family conducts a holiday chore, food, event, etc. We will draft our ingredients and materials list, develop sequenced steps, and incorporate transition words to help educate our readers. We look forward to sharing our How-To Holiday Traditions later this month! Help your children to notice where How To's can be found in their daily home life!