The LS Library is one of my favorite places to be, not only because I love children’s literature, but because of how much energy the students bring to exploring books, asking questions and generating new ideas every day!

In addition to other free-time options throughout the week, Sky/River class has its own special time each Monday afternoon to check out books and read in one of the cozy spots in the library. Each week the students spend time getting better acquainted with the geography of the library and the self-checkout system, which helps build confidence in their ability to search for and check out books independently. The students have access to the online catalog, but we find at this stage, browsing shelves can be a more efficient way to discover the next great read!

Recently, the most popular non-fiction sections in River/Sky Class have been animals, sports, gaming, and geology. This month we also focused on “wordless” picture books that include beautiful illustrations and inv…

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

December is a time when we learn about different ways to celebrate the holidays. We've participated in a Kwanzaa celebration led by Dee and a group of enthusiastic fourth-year students. Students have learned about Hanukkah and played dreidel during math time. Dee read The Christmas Story. We also had a number of parents come in to talk about ways their families celebrate the holidays. These holiday sharings have included a Ukranian folktale, sharing about food traditions, making birdfeeders with pine cones, holiday book readings, and a fun reindeer craft. Check out the holiday slideshow at the foot of this post.

It's important and wonderful to learn about traditions from other countries and below you'll read about an Iranian tradition shared with us and written by Anita Ghajar-Selim, a River Class parent.

Yalda Night or Shab-e-Chelleh is the Iranian festival celebrating the longest night of the year, which normally coincides with the 20th or 21st of December. On this night…

Coding, Owls, and Spaghetti

Our latest endeavors in River Class have included participating in the Hour of Code, investigating owl pellets, and constructing towers using spaghetti and marshmallows. You'll find more details in the slideshow below.

Focus on Music

Music Update from Joanna
Music Sharing is a chance for students to share something musical from outside music class that is meaningful to them. Some students bring in instruments, others sing a song or play a tune on the piano or a classroom instrument. With teacher permission ahead of music class, some students share their favorite song to listen to or even an appropriate music video. Though sharing is always optional, most students choose to share at least once during the six to seven sharing times we have throughout the school year. And some, unsurprisingly, share every time and would like to share even more often! Music Sharing helps students develop their listening skills and learn to be a polite audience member, and often students and teacher learn new things about the kids we see every day. After their sharing, children may take two questions. One of the most common questions this time around was, "How are you so good at that?"

Salad Bar

River students recently harvested romaine lettuce from our garden square. We were able to enjoy two salad bars from all the lovely lettuce we had grown. Many students opted in and happy parents reported a new enthusiasm around salad greens at home. We have enjoyed the garden to table experience very much!

Math Morning

Math Morning is a fun-filled morning with lots of different math activities taking place around Lower School. Children get to choose 3 different activities which last for 40 minutes each. Choices this time included Bingo, Tenzies, Dash and Dot, Coding, Zentangle Art, Dominoes, The Game of Set, Shopping, Math Apps and Games, How Big is a Whale? and Tiny Robots. We always look forward to seeing our beloved Headteacher's latest math t-shirt (pictured below)!

We are grateful for... our Lower School Community

Photography by Ruth and Zachary 
Our half day before Thanksgiving Break is very special. The whole Lower School gets together to enjoy a Meeting for Worship (typically filled with sentiments of gratitude) and a shared snack provided by each of the classes.

We wish all of our families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!