Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!



Enjoy our Birds, Math, and Thanksgiving video!

Birds with Mark Hopey

Recently, River Class students have enjoyed a number of exciting activities including an afternoon with Mark Hopey, a bird expert who shared lots of fun, exciting facts about birds in North Carolina. We've dissected owl pellets, we've made clay owls, so now it was time to learn some more facts about them and Mark was able to give us lots of good information about owls in NC.

After learning some facts and how to imitate owl sounds it was time to venture outdoors. We stopped to fill up our bird feeder and Mark presented us with a hummingbird feeder for us to fill up with sugar water and hang out to observe. Our next outside stop was to see Gordo, the African collared dove. Then we hopped over to the soccer field to see a pigeon and learn some interesting facts about these amazing birds including how the pigeon named Cher Ami was a World War I hero.

It was turkey hunting next. (Mark had hidden a turkey in the woods for the children to find.) We quietly approached and there were excited cries when the River students spotted the turkey. Time for some turkey facts followed by a fun story by Mo Willems to end.

For more information about Mark's wonderful organization please click here: https://bigbaldbanding.org/

Math Morning

Each year, just before Thanksgiving, Lower Schoolers enjoy a Math Morning. This involves picking 3 math choices from a comprehensive list. Choices included Dash and Dot Robots, Coding, Dominoes, Tangram Art, How Big is a Whale, Game of Set, Math Apps, and Cooking with Math. The morning was a great success and our beloved Headteacher, Lisa, wore one of her famous math t-shirts. Ask your child which math sessions they attended. If they've forgotten, it's on their name tag.

Thanksgiving Celebration

One of our favorite times of year has to be our Thanksgiving celebration on the half day before Thanksgiving. Each class contributes a food item. Forest provided apple cider, Mountain served fresh fruit, Sky baked a variety of tasty breads, and River gave out popcorn. River's morning began in a very fun way. Ruth's son Mac, a CFS alumnus, entertained us with his banjo playing. Needless to say, we found ourselves dancing and clapping to the rhythmic sounds. We then took turns to prepare the popcorn. It was then time to gather for our Meeting for Worship with the rest of the Lower School. Students and teachers enjoyed this beautiful time together gathered around the crackling fire at the Stone Circle. The silence was broken and we then lined up for the delicious Thanksgiving snack.