Thursday, January 16, 2014

This week in River Class


This week's Big Fish

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

Jamie helps individuals as they sketch.


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: Healthy Eating Plate


Design and Engineering

Students have now completed the Pollination Design and Engineering unit. Students were given one of four flower types and were asked to build a hand pollinator with their engineering team partner. Each team presented their hand pollinator designs to the class. They showed their first model and an improved version of the model. There were many clever and successful devices shared.






The team members discussed their thinking process during the design process. They shared what they learned and discussed problem solving strategies. The young engineers talked about the successes and challenges of working as a teammate.




Charlie shared a recent news story about the shortage of bees in Great Britain. He asked students what solutions they might propose to address this problem. This prompted a rich discussion and many clever ideas were shared. Below is a drawing of a pollination machine that one student drew after being inspired to help the people of Britain.