What an amazing weekend we had! The weather was exceptionally beautiful! I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.
The Apple classroom has had some recent changes to the our daily schedule. In effort to minimize transitions, we have changed from conducting whole group mindfulness practice in the morning to having children enter the classroom right a way to begin their work cycle. Students are encouraged to choose a mindfulness practice when they feel they need it. We have also changed our afternoon schedule to a second work cycle time to allow for more work time and small group lessons.
In language, students are continuing to explore nouns and have been introduced to the article. Students are continuing their practice with compound words and rhyming words. They've begun working with antonyms, dictionary, and thesaurus. Students are also continuing to work through the color box work to enhance reading and spelling.
In math, students continue to work across all operations. Some have been introduced to graphing, multiplication checkerboard and tile board, test tube division, and recognizing patterns in numbers.
In writing, students have conducted various animal research utilizing the 4-square writing graphic. Students were encouraged to find where their animal lives, what type of food they eat, how they reproduce (eggs or live young), then conclude how they feel about their animal or for 3rd years write a wrap-up sentence of the three facts they found. Silent journaling continues to be a joyful time.
In culture, we have explored the parts of a leaf, parts of the sun, parts of the earth (atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere), inside the earth, and the second great lesson The Timeline of Life. The Timeline of Life allows children to
explore and research the history of life on Earth
This is a springboard for research of a specific era, period, plant or animal. Later this week we will learn about the various layers of the atmosphere.
In art, students went on a nature walk to find leaves of various shapes. Students then used these leaves to cut in half and glue onto cardstock. Students then tried to replicate the colors of their leaf on to the other side, creating a mirror effect. They were beautiful!
A special thank you to Anita Abbott, Anneke Wegman, and Michelle Mork for volunteering to listen to emergent readers. Thank you for your support with our civic project! Your generosity is much appreciated!
Civic Project Update:
Friday at the VI was a huge success! When I left at
5:30, they had raised $165!!! That's $45 above our original goal! We are now on our way to raising enough money for a Heifer, which is $500! Thank you all for the donations! I appreciate all the support for making this project work. Those that worked
on Friday were so proud! I can imagine the response will be the same among their classmates:)
DATES TO REMEMBER:
***Pajama day and movie to be declared***
Wednesday, November 23 Harvest Feast (***more info to come later this month)
November 24 & 25 No School Thanksgiving Break
IN SEARCH OF VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for volunteers to lead book clubs for elementary students. If you are available please let me know:)
I look forward to meeting with each of you this week at conferences! Peace, Hollie