Showing posts from January, 2014

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Check out our 100th Day video from last year

Next Friday we celebrate our 100th day of school. Check out the video from last year (above) to get ideas about what your children can bring. The day will involve lots of fun activities centered around the number one hundred. River students will visit Sky Class to look at their collections and Sky students will visit River Class. The students will complete a list of activities such as counting to 100, writing math problems that equal 100, reading 100 words, etc.

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Bowls of BeliefThis art activity began with students listening to the book When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor.   Baylor invites us to think about the "small voice" that each piece of clay might have and what it might say.

Students then learned to make small coil bowls in the tradition of the ancient potters from the American Southwest. The bowls were bisque fired in the kiln and then fired a second time in a sawdust kiln to give the bowls a smoky coloring. 

In preparation for our Martin Luther King Day celebration, students also thought about something they believed in strongly enough that they would be willing to stand up for that belief and argue for it. These belief statements were placed in the bowls during the second firing to create the “bowls of belief” that you see here today. Click here to view all the belief statements: River Students' Belief Statements

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Art with Jamie
This week's art group decided to draw pictures of birds and rabbits. Jamie drew some examples for the children to look at and copy. Children also had fun finding their favorites on the iPad. The simple act of drawing does indeed play an important role in a child's physical, emotional, and cognitive development. Like no other activity, drawing allows young children to express emotions, experience autonomy, and build confidence.Interesting article about the benefits of drawing

Monday Mélange - Nutrition

This week's Monday Mélange was about nutrition. Our special guest parent taught us about the various food groups and the importance of nutrients.

We learned about how to divide up our food plate and what to put in each section, following the example pictured above. Each student made their own plate to bring home. (Thanks for all the food magazines!)

If you want to learn more about the healthy eating plate please click on the following link…

Happy New Year!

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Math in River Class

Both first and second year students work on CGI math problems. Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a professional development program that increases teachers’ understanding of the knowledge that students bring to the math learning process and how they connect that knowledge with formal concepts and operations. Developed by education researchers Thomas Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, Penelope Peterson, Megan Loef Franke, and Linda Levi, CGI is guided by two major theses. The first is that children bring an intuitive knowledge of mathematics to school with them and that this knowledge should serve as the basis for developing formal mathematics instruction in primary school. This thesis leads to an emphasis on assessing the processes that students use to solve problems. The second thesis is that math instruction should be based on the relationship between computational skills and problem solving, which leads to an emphasis on problem solving…