What a fun day celebrating halloween – games, parade, and a delicious special snack. The costumes were fantastic. Thank you parents for your contributions.
I hope you are all faring well during the power outages across town. Here are a few photos from the past week that will surely bring a smile to your face and warm your heart. Included in the photos are some pics of children enjoying festive math and literacy games, Forest fun, a forest story walk (The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything), discovering just how many nuts and seeds can fit into a chipmunk’s cheek pouches, story-retelling, and reading with our big buddies.
Friday 11/3 No School (Teacher Inservice)
Wednesday 11/8 Early Release (11:45)
Picture Re-take 11/9
Thanksgiving Break 11/22-11/24
Sorry for the delay in posting. There’s so much to fill you in on. We were having some digital photo issues that have just gotten cleared up. I’ll try to be brief in my explanations and share lots of photos of your happy children.
We participated in the “Critter Construction” program and learned a lot about how animals build their homes. We also made our own critter homes – bird nests and beaver lodges. Lastly, we went on a hike to see if we could spot some animal homes and visited a beaver pond and river. Take note in the photo below of our “Careful Cricket” dressed up as a beaver.
Thank you to our parent chaperones and drivers. Trips like this are only possible because of you.
In the outdoor classroom we have been noticing the changes in our “sit spot”. The children were “knighted” with their forest names for the year. Each child is given an animal with a fun adjective to adopt as their forest name for our Timber Tuesdays and Forest Fridays. You should ask your child if he/she can remember it! The children have been busy moving wood for the winter fires and building new structures and forts. The children have found Wooly Bears, spiders, and have been entertained by our resident chipmunks.
We have been incorporating some of our math and literacy practice into our outdoor learning. We’ve practiced our math calendar pattern for October using the gorgeous fall leaves that are abundant in our forest. Look for some of the leaf patterns we made in the photos below. Children are learning directional vocabulary during this lesson- up, down, left, and right. Last Friday we had our 4 Winds workshop on seeds. We learned how they move, how they are made and we even ate some tasty seeds.
We LOVE our grades 3/4 reading buddies across the hall. They read to us and now we are starting to read to them too. Look for our smiles in the photos below. In the pictures below you’ll also see science inquiry happening at the Exploration Station, counting practice during math stations, letter practice during Reader’s Workshop stations and some quiet time observing our tortoise, Maya.
Our 2 favorite read aloud books right now are, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” and “Creepy Carrots”. Make sure to ask your children about them.
Here are just a few photos from Friday. We had our first 4 Winds with Andrea, Sarah, and Mary. The lesson was on life cycles and insects and the opening puppet show was a crowd favorite as you’ll see in the pictures. The kids loved having special guest teachers and were sad for the afternoon to end. They didn’t want to stop searching for and observing insects. They were relieved when Kerry and I told them that they could do it all again with us next Tuesday on Timber Tuesday.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to our 4 Winds volunteers!
Here are a few photos from our explore time outside before our 4 Winds volunteers arrived. There was even an impromptu theater performance ☺️.
We have been very busy over the last week learning new things, learning routines, getting to know one another, and having lots of fun.
So many exciting things happening outside. The discovery of “Bear” prints (don’t worry, they aren’t real), a campfire story, nature scavenger hunts, a shipyard, and a comedy performance by some friends.
Watch her eat.
*9/20 – Mountain Day – All School Hike on Mt. Philo NEED BAGGED LUNCH
*9/27 – Open House 6:00 – 7:00 (Fingerprinting available starting at 5:30for chaperones/drivers)
*9/29 – Apple Picking Field Trip to Adams in Williston – 9:00 bus departure NEED BAGGED LUNCH
*10/3 Early Release 11:45
*10/6 – Picture Day
* District Wide Math Game Night at Mt. Abe (more to come)
*10/16-10/17 – Parent Conferences
*10/19-10/20 – NO School
What a fantastic first three days of school. I’m sure your little ones were mentally and physically exhausted by Friday night. I sure was ;)! Our first 3 days were jam packed with learning and fun. Here are some highlights.
On Wednesday we had our All School Assembly – MARS. We met our new school mascot, Rockin’ Robin and learned about our whole school expectations. Check out the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Page on Facebook to see the video of the MARS presentation.
On Friday morning we learned behavior expectations in all of the learning spaces in our school. We learned the rules from our peers at each location – playground, bathroom, lunchroom, bus line, hallway, stairway. In the afternoon our entire school played cooperative games outside and celebrated our hard work with an ice-cream sandwich.
Friday Folders were sent home. Please send back your empty folder on Tuesday.
Munchie Bear the pug, Our Monarch Caterpillar, & Maya the Russian Tortoise
MONDAY – Wellness (NEED SNEAKERS), Library
TUESDAY – Art and Wellness (NEED SNEAKERS) and FOREST TUESDAYS
WEDNESDAY – Music
FRIDAY – FOREST FRIDAYS
What a fantastic first day! I’m guessing that there were a of of tired 5 year olds this evening. We were busy getting to know each other, playing games, building things, singing songs, and playing outside. I’m so excited for our year together. Here are just a few pictures. Enjoy!