Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy Birthday!

It was time for a wonderful 6-year birthday!  After a reading of the book Going to the Doctor, everyone got a doctor's mask and discussed some things they know about going to the doctor.  Then it was time for the birthday song and the fireworks cheer.  We hope you enjoy your special day!

The Skeletal System Up Close

As a follow-up to our unit on the skeletal system, one of our families came to teach us even more about bones.  We listened to a book about the teddy bear visiting the doctor--and everyone got a doctor's mask to wear too! 
Then it was time to look at x-rays and examine some pretend bones.  Cool! 

Afterwards, the teacher volunteered to have a cast made for her arm.  Everyone signed it and then it came off with a saw!  Many kindergarteners shared about times when they broke an arm or a leg too.  

Thank you to our family for sharing your knowledge and time with us!

Merry Christmas!

We celebrated Christmas today with food, crafts and games.  It was a little early in the morning, but everyone was pretty excited to decorate and eat frosted tree cones!

There was also pin the nose on Santa, in the spirit of our study of Los Posadas.  Everyone took turns wearing their winter hat over their eyes, spinning around and then trying to get as close to Santa's nose as possible.

Everyone used beads to create candy canes, wreaths and more.

Some even looked good enough to eat!

Thank you to all our parent volunteers!  Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you in 2018!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Hour of Code Day!

Our entire Lower School participated in coding this morning as part of the national "Hour of Code" initiative.  After an introduction to coding in library this week, the students jumped right into coding with the app Daisy the Dinosaur.  In the app, children program the dinosaur to complete actions in particular sequences.

We will continue to try new coding apps and games throughout the year.  This was a great introduction that encouraged trial and error and fostered curiosity!

Happy Hanukkah!

We celebrated Hanukkah this week with some wonderful parent volunteers!  At the start of the week, we read a few stories including Grandma's Latkes in order to prepare for the holiday and learn the story of the oil.

To start our celebration, we invited a few family members to say prayers and light the menorah for the third night.

Then it was time to try latkes...

And play dreidel (a favorite game in our classroom this winter!)...

and make paper menorahs.  All the menorahs were so original and beautiful!

Happy Hanukkah!  We will continue our study of winter holidays with a celebration of Los Posadas and Christmas on Monday.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

St. Lucia Day

We celebrated St. Lucia Day today with food, crowns and music!  First, we watched the video below and talked about the origins of St. Lucia.  St. Lucia was originally from Italy, but is celebrated widely in Sweden with many Swedish traditions.  She is the patron saint of light, bringing light on the longest night of the year.

St. Lucia is typically represented by the oldest daughter in the family, while the boys are the "Star Boy" helpers.  Today, the students chose whether they wanted to make a St. Lucia crown or a Star Boy hat.  For a mid-morning snack, everyone made Lussekatter, or traditional Lucia buns.  Yum!

Then St. Lucia visited us with pepperkakor, traditional Swedish cookies, and taught the children how they press their finger in the middle of the cookie and make a wish.  If the cookie breaks into three pieces, their wish comes true!

Happy St. Lucia Day!  We look forward to learning more about the traditions of Hanukkah tomorrow!
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Happy Birthday!

We had a wonderful half-birthday celebration this week, complete with crowns and a reading of the book Ganesha's Sweet Tooth.

We hope you enjoyed your special day!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Biobuddies

Today was S.T.E.A.M. day with our middle school buddies, and everyone was up for our three holiday challenges.  The goal was to use found materials to design, build, test and implement.  Trial and error were key components to the process.

The first challenge was a winter tree using straws and Model Magic.  The structure had to resemble a tree and be free-standing.

Then it was time to design a dreidel. We had milk cartons, pencils, egg cartons, skewers and lots of tape!  The dreidels had to spin for 3-5 seconds as part of the challenge.

Everyone weighed and measured to check on their growth too.

We look forward to seeing our biobuddies in February again for a study of the circulatory system!