Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays from River Class!

What a fabulous time we've had! One of our students shared a holiday duet with her dad (as pictured above). We've also enjoyed holiday singing with our music teacher, Joanna, before settling-in this week.

Holiday Interest Groups

River students enjoyed sharing their creations from their Interest Groups. Children had made books and a variety of holiday decorations from the many craft Interest Groups offered this time.                                                                                                                          


River students joined the rest of the Lower School to watch the wonderful Kwanzaa performance by a group of enthusiastic fourth year students. Our very own Dee choreographed and led this exciting holiday event. We all shared a lovely snack of fruit and nuts after the performance. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Dreidel in Math

This week in math the children played Dreidel. We divided the children into groups of 3 and they took turns to spin the Dreidel. 

The Dreidel has 4 symbols (as pictured). Each child began by having 6 counters and placed one of them in the pot in the middle. The players then took turns to spin the Dreidel. When the Dreidel stopped the appropriate action was taken.

After we had played Dreidel a few times we 
recorded our results in our math journals 
(as pictured below). Children worked
in teams to record the number of
spins, specifying how many times the
                                                  various symbols were landed on.

We ended our time as a whole group and recorded
the teams' results using tally marks. Each student
took a turn to record one of their symbol's results
on the board.

Children worked in teams to play Dreidel.

 They recorded their results in their math journals by shading in the squares above each symbol.

Monday, December 10, 2012

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Sink or Float?

Our last water theme activity involved the children working in small groups to build a boat. They collected materials in their team's box and proceeded to talk about how they were going to make a boat that would float. When they were ready they began to build.

River students came up with some very cool designs using paper filters, cardboard, plastic lids, scissors, tape, and other supplies. The next step will be to test each team's boat to see if it will FLOAT!


SCHOOL PHOTOS - This is a reminder to check out your child's pictures in the front hall of Lower School.  Purchasing these pictures at school can be done from now until December 20.   If you have already viewed your child's pictures and have chosen not to buy any this year, please place the packet in the "no thanks" envelope, so that we will know that you have seen them. 
Several parents have asked about our relationship with photographer Lance Richardson. Lance, an award winning professional from Alamance County, prints the picture packets at his own expense. He guarantees the school a set income, regardless of how many pictures sell (or don't).  From this income, we print the Lower School yearbook, which is distributed free to each student at the end of the school year.  Lance also supplies us with PDFs of the pictures he takes; we use these in the yearbook.   

KWANZAA - On Wednesday, December 19th we are having our Kwanzaa celebration. Our very own Dee from River Class will lead a group of fourth years who will dance and tell us about this special holiday. We ask that each child bring some fruit or nuts for our shared snack that day. The equivalent of one apple (cut and ready to eat, please) or a small bag of nuts is enough. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Our latest water experiment was to make water music using glasses filled with water. 

River students once again worked in cooperative groups to answer the questions.

Students took turns to pour water into the glass and then tap it.

We gathered as a whole class to share our findings.

Our 2012 Thanksgiving Celebration

River students prepared veggies as part of their contribution towards our shared Thanksgiving snack.

We had Meeting for Worship outside at our Stone Circle around a camp fire.

We then enjoyed a delicious feast with food and beverage contributions from each Lower School classroom. The menu included popcorn, various breads, veggies and dip, and freshly made apple cider.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Latest News from Spanish Class

In Spanish class, we have been busy over the last few weeks. We've addressed cultural awareness through learning about the Mexican holiday of el Dìa de los Muertos. We read some books on the subject and made the traditional sugar skulls associated with the holiday. The kids really enjoyed making and decorating our sugar skulls and visiting the Middle School to see the
Middle School students' sugar skulls as well. We also reviewed colors, numbers and shapes by playing BINGO, which the kids really enjoyed. We are just beginning a unit on parts of the body, weather, clothing, and seasons. They will have some new songs to share with you over the next few weeks to practice their vocabulary while we continue to listen to stories and participate in lots of fun activities that engage them in learning the language.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

River News

Our first birthday celebration for August through December birthdays was a great success thanks to all involved. We celebrate every child's birthday in River Class. We typically hold three group birthday parties in order to honor each student and to minimize sugary treats.                                            

Friday, November 16, 2012

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One of our language group activities this week was Leafy Writings. Language students went outside to collect leaves.

We began our lesson by brainstorming "leafy" words. These words included color, size, texture, and movement vocabulary. The students wrote a collaborative poem. They then chose their leaves and did their own individual leaf rubbings.

As we wrote the poem we talked about rhyming patterns, using only essential words, and making a word box as a tool. Each student from Ruth's and Dee's language groups will produce their own leafy poem and leaf rubbing. 

Our center time is a lot of fun! We have some very creative builders, who choose to make some wonderful constructions whilst collaborating nicely.

Some students decide that it's time to decorate the classroom ready for Thanksgiving!

Other students choose to silent read in the loft.

Paper creations have become a popular choice.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Lower Schoolers enjoy watching Annie's Middle School dancers
Middle Schoolers perform dances to poems
Annie gives details about the dance

The MS dance class, Dance and Words, performed for the River class. Dancers chose poems about nature and explored combining speaking and moving. They added props and music in a variety of ways. The Lower School children shared ideas that the dancers improvised to and were part of a question and answer session afterwards. It was a magical afternoon that left everyone with a favorite poem and dance!!