Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Special Guests in Lower School

Last Friday, Lower Schoolers enjoyed a special visit from author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long, who shared their collaborative book entitled Love. River Class students also enjoyed watching Matt read his award-winning book, Last Stop on Market Street. Here is a link to that particular video: Matt reads Last Stop on Market Street

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays from River Class

(Slideshow photos by Jeannine and Ruth)

River Class has enjoyed a fun-filled, exciting December, packed with a variety of holiday activities. Our most recent design and engineering endeavor involved making frames. Students designed their frames on graph paper before measuring and sawing their wood pieces. They learned how to saw safely and efficiently, using a handsaw and wooden block. Their frames evolved into lanterns, picture frames, holiday decorations, and more.

We invited parents to come and share their holiday traditions with us. Traditions included holiday stories, traditions around food, holiday crafts, holiday songs and games, and traditions from other countries. We want to take this opportunity to thank those parents for sharing their time and traditions with us.

We wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy our Birds, Math, and Thanksgiving video!

Birds with Mark Hopey

Recently, River Class students have enjoyed a number of exciting activities including an afternoon with Mark Hopey, a bird expert who shared lots of fun, exciting facts about birds in North Carolina. We've dissected owl pellets, we've made clay owls, so now it was time to learn some more facts about them and Mark was able to give us lots of good information about owls in NC.

After learning some facts and how to imitate owl sounds it was time to venture outdoors. We stopped to fill up our bird feeder and Mark presented us with a hummingbird feeder for us to fill up with sugar water and hang out to observe. Our next outside stop was to see Gordo, the African collared dove. Then we hopped over to the soccer field to see a pigeon and learn some interesting facts about these amazing birds including how the pigeon named Cher Ami was a World War I hero.

It was turkey hunting next. (Mark had hidden a turkey in the woods for the children to find.) We quietly approached and there were excited cries when the River students spotted the turkey. Time for some turkey facts followed by a fun story by Mo Willems to end.

For more information about Mark's wonderful organization please click here: https://bigbaldbanding.org/

Math Morning

Each year, just before Thanksgiving, Lower Schoolers enjoy a Math Morning. This involves picking 3 math choices from a comprehensive list. Choices included Dash and Dot Robots, Coding, Dominoes, Tangram Art, How Big is a Whale, Game of Set, Math Apps, and Cooking with Math. The morning was a great success and our beloved Headteacher, Lisa, wore one of her famous math t-shirts. Ask your child which math sessions they attended. If they've forgotten, it's on their name tag.

Thanksgiving Celebration

One of our favorite times of year has to be our Thanksgiving celebration on the half day before Thanksgiving. Each class contributes a food item. Forest provided apple cider, Mountain served fresh fruit, Sky baked a variety of tasty breads, and River gave out popcorn. River's morning began in a very fun way. Ruth's son Mac, a CFS alumnus, entertained us with his banjo playing. Needless to say, we found ourselves dancing and clapping to the rhythmic sounds. We then took turns to prepare the popcorn. It was then time to gather for our Meeting for Worship with the rest of the Lower School. Students and teachers enjoyed this beautiful time together gathered around the crackling fire at the Stone Circle. The silence was broken and we then lined up for the delicious Thanksgiving snack.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Owl Pottery


Who is making that sound?

Recently in art class River and Sky Class students have been learning how to make clay owls as a part of opening up the “Ceramics Center.” Students learned techniques such as using scoring and slip to attach two pieces of clay together. They also learned how to mold clay to make the shape they desired and how to incise designs into the clay. After the clay pieces dried, they were fired in the kiln. Then the students painted the clay pieces with tempera paint and washed the paint away to create a stained look. Many students took the opportunity to mix paint so that they could create their own unique colors to use when painting their owls. This connected back to the lesson they did earlier in the month, using primary colors to make secondary colors. Look for them on display in the Lower School.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Our First Birthday Party

River Class students enjoy 3 birthday celebrations per year. These celebrations usually honor 10 students at a time. This way, every child in River Class gets to be celebrated. At our first birthday celebration children enjoyed fun, food, and extra outside time. We greatly appreciate our celebrants' parents for making this party possible!
(Photography by Katy Fodchuk)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween Festivities

Halloween celebrations took place yesterday in Lower School and River Class. The children began the holiday fun in the morning with a hayride, which passed by Upper School and a field where horses greeted us. We enjoyed a fun spin around the soccer field!

At lunchtime, children changed into costumes and had a fun dressed-up recess. The bell rang and the parade began at 1 pm. Children, parents, and teachers paraded through Middle School followed by Upper School. They were greeted by an eager audience.

River students came back to the classroom and were read to by parent volunteers while the teachers prepared for the Halloween play, Are you my Father?/Eres tu mi papa?  Following the fun play, the children returned to the classroom for a Halloween party. 

We would like to say a big "Thank you!" to all our wonderful parent volunteers for making this day possible. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Probability - Hop to the Pond

S'math is a combination of science and math. Our most recent S'math activity was Hop to the Pond, a game designed to get children thinking about probability. We played two versions of the game. In Hop to the Pond with 6 Frogs, we used a game board with space for 6 frogs, which are numbered 1 through 6. Students working in pairs took turns rolling a die. Whatever number came up, that frog moved a space. When a frog moved 8 spaces, it reached the pond and got to hop in. Then all the frogs went back to the beginning for another game. As a frog won, students reported it by adding an X above the frog’s number on a graph we created on the whiteboard.

Students then played the game using 12 frogs and 2 dice. At the end of both sessions, the children were able to see the difference in the two bar graphs, which were created from the children's results. It was visually evident that the graph of the first game with 6 frogs was more even than the second graph. We ended our lesson on probability with the children answering questions and analyzing their results.