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Safety, Sound, Science, and a Celebration

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We've had a lot of fun in River Class lately. Three special guests have delighted us with their talents and expertise. Plus, we had our second birthday celebration (one more to go). Michael, a previous River Class parent and former sound designer came to talk to us about sound. Bill, an engineer and current parent of a senior, came to talk to us about safety. Ken, a scientist, came to show us some chemistry magic.
In our sound lesson with Michael, he played with pitches of some of the students’ voices, making them sound very different, much to the children's delight! He even played a sound so high, that the kids could hear it, but not the adults! He demonstrated that humans have a rudimentary echolocation, like a bat and showed us a sound "magic trick" called the McGurk effect, which (for most people) demonstrates that what we see can affect what we hear.

In our safety lesson with Bill, we learned about fire safety and what to do in case of a fi…

Our First Dance Class of 2018/19

We had a terrific first dance class with Annie, our wonderful dance teacher. Annie typically begins the class with a story, which she reads to the whole class. The movement part of dance is done in halves. Today we had two stories: Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book of Opposites, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, and Dance! by Bill T. Jones. River students enjoyed the chance to explore both of these books under Annie's direction, making predictions about the opposites. Bill T. Jones' book showed us how we can move parts of our body and/or our whole body, which we further explored in dance class.

It was a packed first class! Children learned a Humpty Dumpty rap with different movements, they learned to move different body parts, and they even got to use a scarf as a prop. Most importantly, children learned about their personal dance space and the group dance space and how to move appropriately and considerately when sharing a space with others. We ended the session with a calming relaxa…

FOCUS ON LIBRARY

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The LS Library is one of my favorite places to be, not only because I love children’s literature, but because of how much energy the students bring to exploring books, asking questions and generating new ideas every day!

In addition to other free-time options throughout the week, Sky/River class has its own special time each Monday afternoon to check out books and read in one of the cozy spots in the library. Each week the students spend time getting better acquainted with the geography of the library and the self-checkout system, which helps build confidence in their ability to search for and check out books independently. The students have access to the online catalog, but we find at this stage, browsing shelves can be a more efficient way to discover the next great read!

Recently, the most popular non-fiction sections in River/Sky Class have been animals, sports, gaming, and geology. This month we also focused on “wordless” picture books that include beautiful illustrations and inv…