Showing posts from 2016

Happy Holidays!

Our last few weeks of 2016 were filled with fun and exciting activities. Children participated in interest group selection once again. Choices included Holiday Baking, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Legos, Drama, and Origami Fun. We learned about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas traditions. Children played dreidel, watched a Kwanzaa dance, and had an opportunity to sing Christmas and other holiday songs at our Sing-Along every morning of our last week before Winter Break.

Pumpkin Pots in Art Class

Happy Thanksgiving!

On the eve of Thanksgiving we always have a shared snack with the rest of Lower School. Each class makes a contribution. River students cut and washed peppers.

Before we have our snack the whole Lower School meets at the stone circle for our Meeting for Worship. It's a time to give thanks. We then line up for our snack as pictured above.

Our first birthday party

Our first River Class birthday party took place today. We celebrate all birthdays in River Class, and we have a total of three parties over the course of the year. Today was a beautiful day to have a party. Children were able to sit outside and eat the wonderful food provided by our River parents. A BIG THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers for making this such a wonderful event.

Salad Bar in River

A few weeks ago River students planted lettuce seeds. Today students helped harvest the ready-to-eat lettuce ready to be served up at our salad bar today. ENJOY THE VIDEO!

Our Halloween Celebration

Enjoy the video!
Many thanks to all our parent volunteers who made our Halloween celebration so wonderful!

Running laps


S'math - Probability

S'math is a combination of science and math. Our first S'math activity was Hop to the Pond, a game designed to get children thinking about probability. We played two versions of the game. In Hop to the Pond with 6 Frogs, we used a game board with space for 6 frogs, which are numbered 1 through 6. Students working in pairs took turns rolling a die. Whatever number came up, that frog moved a space. When a frog moved 8 spaces, it reached the pond and got to hop in. Then all the frogs went back to the beginning for another game. As a frog won, students reported it by adding a post-it with the frog’s number to a growing graph we created on the whiteboard. We emphasized that we are doing this activity as scientists and mathematicians, which means we report our results accurately, even if we want a certain frog to win.

The next week we played Hop to the Pond with 12 Frogs. This time frogs were numbered 1 through 12, and students used 2 dice to see which frog moved. Several students c…

River Read-Alouds


The latest news from River Class

Field Day

Field Day - Enjoy the video!

Field Day was so much fun! Children were able to choose from a variety of activities including face painting, balloon launch, sprinklers, indoor art, bubbles, a scavenger hunt, and stopwatch activities.
We had lots of parent helpers and we're always grateful for the extra help. Thank you!

Snippets from our Schedule

Welcome to River Class 2016 -17

Ruth, Charlie, and Dee welcome you to River Class. We're looking forward to another fabulous year!

Overday in May

River Class Overday

Our Overday was a huge success! We began our Overday at 3 pm. Children enjoyed a yummy snack together outside. Playtime with Sky Class followed. Children played basketball, beckon, and had fun on the structures. We had a delicious dinner al fresco followed by more playtime.  The talent show was next. River children enjoyed a variety of acts including singing, piano, violin, drama, magic, jokes, dancing, martial arts, and basketball. We concluded our wonderful evening with a campfire, s'mores, and a Meeting for Worship, when children were able to reflect on their year in River. 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you (our River parents) for making Overday possible. Your food contributions and time volunteering made for a very successful event. Thank you!
Check out these stop motion videos made in art by River ClassStop motion video 1
Stop motion video 2

April News

April's Big Fishes (pictured above)
Fractured Fairy Tales We recently began a fun language group unit on fractured fairy tales. Natalie, our librarian, (pictured above), introduced our River students to traditional fairy tales. Children then partnered up and read fairy tales together. Natalie continued the unit by teaching a lesson on how to fill in a story map, and then the children proceeded to complete their own individual story maps based on their chosen traditional fairy tale.

Natalie continued the fractured fairy tale unit by introducing the children to fractured fairy tale books. Children were then able to choose their own fractured fairy tale to read either independently or with a partner. They then chose a fairy tale on which to base their own fractured fairy tale. Students then wrote story maps for their chosen fractured fairy tales. Using their story maps as a guide, students began to write their own stories. Students had opportunities to use our new document camera to…

Matisse in Art and Dance

March's Big Fishes

Matisse in Art and Dance

River teachers have shared the children's book, Matisse's Garden by Samantha Friedman with their class. Natasha (art teacher) and Annie (dance teacher) have been creating a series of classes that explore aspects of the bold colorful nature of Matisse's imaginative designs. Using a common focus of positive/negative space, shape, repetition, and placement, the children have been creating art and designing dances. They have been exploring these concepts, developing skills and creating artwork and dances that will be shared with the rest of their class after Spring Break. 
Children have been working in pairs and collaborating in the process. When the children have a chance to embody the concept or "paint an idea in space" as well as "dance an idea on paper," the learning takes on a magical quality as well as a special way of knowing. The past two weeks have been an exciting time as the children have translated…

The Essence of Soul Writing

Students in River Class have recently been learning about soul writing, which involves the use of one's senses. They were taught how to write about their observations when they are outside in our beautiful, natural spaces. Kathy, our resource teacher, (pictured above), recently gave a lesson to help River students identify and think about sounds, sight, and touch in relation to soul writing.

The language arts lesson continued outside in the serene spot called The Stone Circle. Students had the opportunity to write about what they saw, heard, and felt. This type of language exercise helps children develop a more meaningful connection with the natural world around them.

Students worked in tiny clusters and/or on their own special rock to observe, reflect, and write. The CFS campus is the perfect environment for this activity; we are surrounded by a myriad of trees, rocks, grass, birds, and squirrels.

Teachers (pictured above and below) are available to help with vocabulary, ideas, …