Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October is Cooperation Month!

Each month, our Lower School focuses on a life skill and works it into everyday practice.  October is Cooperation Month.  So we talk about teamwork, working through problems and more.  Next week, we will read the classic story The Little Red Hen.
In the story, the little hen looks for help as she makes bread, but only finds cooperation when she wants friends to help eat the bread!  We talk about how the animals could have changed the outcome of the story with more cooperation.  This story will also help us as we begin looking more closely at short vowel and building three-letter-words with a, e, i, o, u, such as -en words like "hen."

We also have a field trip next Tuesday, October 22 to Brooklyn Park Historic Farm Eidem Homestead. We will be pumping water, seeing the animal barn, wringing out clothes, and lots more as we experience life long ago.  For more details and pictures, click here.  We hope there's apple cider!

We read the wonderful story When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant last week and thought about the differences between our homes now and how they would have been over 100 years ago.   We thought in particular about the materials people used then and today to build.  We will continue talking about settler life and life long ago as we head to Thanksgiving.


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