Showing posts from November, 2018

Math Morning

Math Morning is a fun-filled morning with lots of different math activities taking place around Lower School. Children get to choose 3 different activities which last for 40 minutes each. Choices this time included Bingo, Tenzies, Dash and Dot, Coding, Zentangle Art, Dominoes, The Game of Set, Shopping, Math Apps and Games, How Big is a Whale? and Tiny Robots. We always look forward to seeing our beloved Headteacher's latest math t-shirt (pictured below)!

We are grateful for... our Lower School Community

Photography by Ruth and Zachary 
Our half day before Thanksgiving Break is very special. The whole Lower School gets together to enjoy a Meeting for Worship (typically filled with sentiments of gratitude) and a shared snack provided by each of the classes.

We wish all of our families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Focus on Spanish

Spanish Update from Kelly In Spanish class, we have studied greetings and days of the week and continue
to work on numbers and parts of the body.

First-grade students are counting in Spanish and are working on identifying numbers up to 20.
They have learned the days of the week and a song to reinforce them.

Second-grade students are working to identify numbers up to 60.
They are also learning to count by tens to a 100. Whilst learning the days of the week, they learned how  to identify the day before, yesterday "ayer."
We have also enjoyed our cultural celebrations: National Hispanic Heritage Month and Day of the Dead.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to work on the Spanish alphabet.

Field Trip to the Nasher

Before our visit, students used visual thinking strategies to analyze portraits by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley. Visual thinking strategies is a pedagogy that uses the questions, "What's going on in this picture?", "What do you see in the picture that makes you say that?" and "What more can you find?" to allow students to collaboratively construct meaning from a piece of art. Natasha then showed the students the portraits of Michelle Obama and Barack Obama, which are owned by the Nasher and which we were able to see in person on our tour. Students were asked to determine which artist painted each portrait. Our Nasher Field Trip Slideshow - Photography by Patsy and Ruth
Our field trip to the Nasher was so much fun! On arrival, our two lovely guides divided us up into two groups and we began our cultural journey through some beautiful works of art, namely the People and Portraits tour. Children were asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas about …

Focus on Physical Education

PE Update from Kim Sulman

We started off the school year establishing rules for PE class. Students continue to practice listening and following directions and being supportive classmates. We greet each other every week with a high 5 to help us remember the following:

Eyes watching
Ears listening
Body still and ready
Voice off
Brain ready to learn

A growth mindset is reinforced in every class and we encourage all students to at least try an activity and not be afraid of making mistakes. We are currently focusing on fitness and learning how our heart and lungs respond to a variety of movements and activities. So far students have played FIT DECK Tag, designed obstacle courses, and played a variety of chase and evade games, worked together with a very large parachute and enjoyed some competitive Battleship using scooters, yarn balls, and bowling pins. Students love to keep moving and especially enjoy any activity that involves dodge balls or scooters. During the winter months, we will b…

Halloween Slideshow

Enjoy our Halloween Slideshow! (Pictures by Ruth Gaskin and Shannon Salentine)

Halloween Fun

Halloween was so much fun. We enjoyed a hayride, Halloween math, a parade, a story, a play, and a party. Thank you to all the parent volunteers for making this such a fabulous, fun day! A slideshow with more pictures of our special day is coming soon.