Showing posts from February, 2019

Our 100th Day of School

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We recently celebrated our 100th Day of School. Fun was had by all! We began with calendar time and children were very excited to say 100 in unison. Children shared their collections of 100 with each other in cooperative groups. Students had fun guessing what was in the boxes.

Students set up their collections ready for Sky Class students to visit. We had a large variety of collections and children were creative in how they set them up for viewing.

Our day was filled with 100-themed activities. These included making necklaces with 100 beads, decorating glasses and crowns, reading a 100-day story, bouncing balls, shooting hoops, jump roping, and more. Now it's time to start the countdown to summer vacation!

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…