Friday, March 16, 2018

Afghan Bazaar

The Nauruz stall 

We had a fun, exciting time this afternoon visiting the Afghan Bazaar, which was organized by third- and fourth-year students, teachers, and volunteers. River and Sky students were able to visit all the different stalls which included Afghan food and drink, weaving, mendi art, Nauruz (the vernal equinox celebrated by 13 countries in the world including Iran and Afghanistan), a collage, and kites and games. 

Kite making

Afghan food and drinks

A fabric collage which will be sent as a gift to the Topchi School in Afghanistan

Mendhi art - body art of the east

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dance and Decorating

Students have been decorating their lighthouse bases ready to attach their lighthouses. They will continue decorating next week, adding sand, shells, and rocks. We will finish the project by adding a light, using what we learned during our electricity lesson. We will review circuits and switches during this time.  

Below you see the children moving and connecting in dance class. We begin dance in February. Annie typically begins the class with a whole-class story and then we split into our two groups, Pandas and Panthers and head to the Multi to do warm-ups and a variety of fun activities. Annie uses recorded music and percussion instruments both for inspiration and to help with rhythm. Children have an opportunity to make special requests using Annie's mailbox.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Voting Party

River Class students had their voting party today. Over the last few weeks, we've been reading the nominees for the North Carolina Children's Book Award. Natalie, our librarian, reviewed the 10 nominees with the children, asking what they remembered about each book. She then explained the voting process and showed the children how to operate the iPad. Each child voted and was able to get an I VOTED sticker for their participation. We ended with yummy popcorn and the results. Natalie's holding it in the picture above. Yes, you guessed it, the favorite in River Class was Quit Calling me a Monster!

Natalie demonstrates how to vote on the iPad.
Reviewing the ten nominees

Students took turns to vote.

We get a sticker!

Yummy kettle corn.

Friday, February 16, 2018

River Celebrations

 Our Second Birthday Celebration

We recently celebrated our November through February birthdays. Many thanks to our parent volunteers for making this such a special time.

Our 100th Day of School

Our 100th day of school was so much fun. We shared our collections of 100 and took time in language groups to guess what was in our boxes. Activities included making necklaces, bookmarks, and cool glasses. We also walked a 100 steps, read 100 words, and wrote a 100-word story together.
River students visited Sky Class to view their collections and vice versa.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fun in Centers

Center time is always a fun time for the students of River Class. Children get to pick their favorites from a variety of activities. These include iPads, basketball, drawing, sidewalk chalk, jump roping, reading, origami, the maker center, board games, and building. Ask your child about his/her favorite.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Author Visits Lower School Today!

Published author Sarah Mlynowski visited a very excited Lower School today. Sarah has written numerous books, including co-authoring the Upside Down Magic series (as pictured above). It was interesting to learn more about Sarah's writing process and how she was inspired by another author, Gordon Korman.

Sarah introduced the different characters in her book and the magical powers they get to have when they turn ten years old. Are they Flyers, Flickers, Fuzzies, Flares, or Fluxers?

Sarah asks our Lower Schoolers if they would like to be authors. I think you can guess that many hands enthusiastically shot into the air.

Of course, our curious Lower Schoolers had lots of questions for Sarah. "Where did she get the idea for Upside Down Magic?" For Sarah it was more about working with a team. "What was her favorite book?" Well, her most fun book was Cold as Ice from the Whatever After series.  "What do you do if you have writer's block?" One of her responses was to try a different location.

Her next Upside Down Magic book will be coming out in September.

Want to learn more about Sarah? Click here: Sarah Mlynowski

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Coming soon!

Our hundredth day of school will be celebrated on February 13th (assuming we have no more snow). Take a look at this slideshow from last year to get ideas for what to bring in. Collections need to be on the small side such as a hundred cards, pennies, pasta pieces, lego pieces, shells, etc. We will be sending home a special box to hold the collection.