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Design and EngineeringNews Release:

Newly designed cars are ready for the showroom!



Students in River and Sky Class have been designing, building, and perfecting their car designs for the past several weeks in Design and Engineering classes. These young engineers will be sharing their finished projects with all Lower School students at a Makers Fair this Friday.
The Design assignment:Build a car that will transport a "passenger."
Students were engaged in many activities: making a detailed drawing and written description of their ideasdeciding what size frame (chassis) they would needmeasuring, cutting, and glueing wood pieces to construct their frameglueing axle holders and cut axleschoosing from an assortment of materials to create the "cab" to carry the "passenger"attaching their cab designs to complete their carlearning about simple circuitry, motors, pulleys, and transfer of energy
Engineers working together:

Engineers proud of the…

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Wind-up Toys with Annie



In dance class this week we began with a beautiful children's story about how you are the only person who can feel your feelings, think your thoughts, sense your body and imagine your very own dances. Next, we had a lively sharing of ideas about experiences that the children had that could inspire dances. In the warm-up we focused on the joints in our body and patterns that could be repeated.

The wind-up toys were fabulous because they inspired unique ways of moving and acute awareness of your own body. We did upper/lower body integration, movements that traveled sideways, contra lateral movement, head/tail connection and feeling your kinesphere. It was a joyous class especially when we set our patterns to music. We ended with a relaxation so all our explorations could sink into our muscles.

What a special group of dancers!

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New Monday Math

This week we began a new math center time involving a variety of math activities. This 50 minute class will take place every Monday morning. It involves a mixture of hands-on math, math games, math apps, tile cards, and paper and pencil work. Each River student gets an opportunity to move around to the various math centers led by Charlie, Dee, and Ruth. Above and below you can see an example of the Ten Frame Trains. Experienced second year students show their peers how to play the games Fill 'er up and Long Trains. These games involve counting and strategic thinking. 
Fill 'er Up is a fun counting game using a spinner with different pictures of ten frames. On their spin each student fills their trains to match the spinner. The goal is to fill up your trains with as many cubes as possible. 
Long Trains (pictured left) is a game played with dice. The goal is to fill as many trains as possible until there are no trains left. Once you have t…