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Math, Jobs, and Field Day Fun

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Math
In this math activity, students worked in small groups to identify and record shared attributes found in a quantity of buttons. In general, an attribute is a characteristic or property of an object such as color, shape, size, etc. Students first decided how to group their buttons into 3 groups by size. They then re-sorted their buttons by number of holes, then by color, and finally by a characteristic of their choice.



Sorting and patterning skills involve understanding relationships among sets, how those sets are represented, and analysis of those sets. By sorting, children understand that things are alike and different as well as that they can belong and be organized into certain groups. This type of thinking starts them on the path of applying logical thinking to objects, mathematical concepts, and every day life in general.

Extending the activity at home:

- How might you group your collection of stuffed animals? Can you find more than one way?
- Collect some items from nature…

Welcome to River Class 2018-19

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Our Final Dance Class with Annie of 2017-18

We had such a fun final dance class with Annie this week! Annie brought in her collection of wind-up toys and the children learned about patterns and how to move their bodies in a multitude of ways. Children met the challenge of moving and freezing for 16 counts - not easy, but they did it! We'll look forward to more fun in dance class with Annie next school year. 

River Overday

River Class (and Sky Class) enjoyed Overday last Wednesday. It was a fun-filled afternoon and evening. We began with Dee reading a story to give the children time to relax after a busy recess. Then we watched an educational movie and children got to choose whether they stayed in River or visited Sky for this shared experience, including popcorn, of course. We had a fairly even mix as you can see from the slideshow.

Snack time and playtime followed. River and Sky students were able to hang out on the playground together. Snacks included fruit and chips and salsa. Dinner was al fresco and included pizza, carrots, and fruit. It was back inside for our talent show (although we did do a couple of our performances outside on our way to get s'mores).

The final event of the evening was a campfire with s'mores, ending with a Meeting for Worship. It was a wonderful Overday!


Lighthouses in River

River Class built some lighthouses that light up. First, we drew the lighthouse design. After that, we cut them out and put them on our bulletin board. We added some interesting facts to go with our designs. Then we taped or painted our tubes. We painted the boxes, which are the bases of the lighthouses. Students could add sand and shells if they wanted to. Then we hot glued the decorated tubes to the boxes. We put the batteries in the battery holders, and then we put the light bulbs in the light bulb holders. We put the wires through the tubes. It was pretty hard, but we did it! We tested the lighthouses and we showed Sky Class students how they worked.
(Written by two River Class students)

Our Third and Final Birthday Party

Enjoy our birthday slideshow - photos courtesy of Shannon
Many, many thanks to all our parent helpers for your help and contributions to make this final birthday so special. It was a wonderful celebration with beautiful weather, enabling us to eat al fresco. (We added balloon pictures from our dance class to make it even more festive.)

Physical Education Class

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We continue to practice listening and following directions in class with added levels of difficulty and cooperation among students. They've enjoyed a variety of activities working on movement, teamwork, throwing, catching, dribbling and passing. Within the scope of physical work, we are incorporating growth mindset principles. Both classes watched a video, "Giraffes Can't Dance" and then brainstormed "Things we can't do yet." Lots of lively discussion around supporting each other and that making mistakes is ok. From there the class listed things they can do now and some were charged with teaching others how to do a skill (e.g.cartwheel, four square). It was quite beautiful watching young students share their knowledge and skill with others. As the weather warms we will be spending more time outside enjoying some traditional cooperative games and sample outdoor sports like ultimate frisbee, kickball, soccer, and tennis.