Monday, February 27, 2017

Country Study: Venezuela

We were so thrilled to hear from our friend Nico and his parents about Venezuela today.  The kindergartners got to see where Venezuela is located in South America, see photographs of animals from the jungle and coast, and study the Venezuelan flag.  We even saw photographs of Carnival, which takes place in the month of February.  

Finding Venezuela in South America
Studying all the different animals--lots of children liked the tiger and the sloth

Zooming on the coast near Caracas
We were impressed with our kindergartner's Powerpoint presentation!  Then it was time to sample the amazing foods--arepas, papaya, mango, plantains, pineapple, fried yuca... so delicious!  Many children were fans of the fruit and the plantain chips.

The children made the Venezuelan flag and wore beads in celebration of Carnival as well.  Thank you so much to our family for sharing some of the geography and culture of Venezuela.  It will definitely give many students extra background knowledge when we dive into creating animal atlases of the continents this spring!
Thursday, February 23, 2017

March Service: Used Book Sale

Calling all Readers! Used Book Drive & Sale

Upper School students are collecting kids picture books, chapter books, YA books, adult novels, non-fiction - everything! Books will then be sold in the Middle School entrance over the two days of conferences on March 2 and 3. Every book will cost $1 and the proceeds will be used to support Reading Partners, a literacy tutoring organization.

Please bring in gently used books for the book sale. There will be donation boxes in every division through March 2. Then come shop the sale and pick up some books to read over spring break!

Medallion Ceremony

We were so excited to give everyone their medallion ribbons this week!  Everyone had the opportunity to receive their medallion sash and gets LOTS of applause from their peers for their hard work.  We know that each child worked tremendously hard and practiced many times to remember items like their phone numbers, addresses, how to tie shoes, and coin values.  It is a definitely a sign of the digital age when many kindergartners shared their parents' iPhone lock code or iPad lock code with us, thinking at first it was their phone number!!

Congratulations on all your hard work kindergarten!
Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated a summer birthday with a half-birthday sing-a-long this week!  We had a reading of the adorable Elephant and Piggie book Can I Play Too?

Then it was time to sing and celebrate.  Happy 1/2 birthday!

Locker Project: Who I Am

We read the story I Am America as part of our study of American symbols and leadership this month.  In the non-fiction story, children identify with characteristics or things that they celebrate about themselves, making a connection to music, clothes, religion, culture, and more.  We invited the students to think about something they celebrate about themselves, and how it connected them to their family, community or school.  Many children wanted to talk about their favorite animal and their favorite food, but we encouraged them to think a little deeper about how they identify themselves. They worked with a partner to take a series of pictures to capture the portraits as well.

Happy 100th Day!

This Tuesday was the 100th Day of School!  We started with a parade... and jumping through a big "100" of course!

Then it was time to share our 100 collections.  The children listened carefully to their friends' clues and guessed a few correctly.  Some were tricky though!  There were coins, beans, rubber bands, paper clips, Cheerios, Q-tips, Legos, Uno cards, Band-Aids, even Valentine gummy treats.

For the first time in kindergarten, we built a snack from ten sets of ten different treats.  Check your student's Seesaw portfolio for a snapshot before we gobbled them up!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Fun

We had a wonderful party today, thanks to our parent helpers who jumped right in!

We made heart cookies... num!  

There was heart BINGO, with red gems and stickers.  Some of the children took turns calling out the numbers--great practice for the 100th day of school tomorrow.

And we explored making heart creatures using pipe cleaners, googly eyes, paper, popsicle sticks... so much creative thinking, no two were alike!

At the end of our party, it was time for science!  We predicted and observed what candy hearts do in water, vinegar and soda water.  Our kindergarteners can definitely tell you what the results of our experiments were--the word dissolve came up too.

Look for more celebrations tomorrow for the 100th day of school!
Friday, February 10, 2017

The QUIET Revolution

Parenting Quiet Kids

Announcing a complimentary online course for parents of 3 to 9 year olds offered exclusively to Breck School’s community!

Quiet Revolution, co-founded by Susan Cain, best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, is pleased to be partnering with the Breck School during the 2016/2017 school year.  Our Quiet Schools Network is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of quiet children grow up knowing their temperament can be a source of confidence and strength versus something to be overcome.

Does your child think more than talk? Show great focus while working alone but become inhibited in front of big groups? Talk freely one-on-one but is reluctant to participate in class discussions? Appear shy but is bursting with creativity and passion?  The Parenting Quiet Kids online course can help. Quiet Revolution is therefore pleased to offer –exclusively for the parent communities of our Quiet Schools Network partners – complimentary access to our interactive one-of-a-kind online course designed for parents of quiet children aged 3 to 9.  

For free access just for Breck School’s parent community, go to: and use this code: breck2016

Through a series of videos, interactive activities, personal stories, and real-life situations, you’ll discover with the Parenting Quiet Kids course:
--Insights about how introverts differ from extroverts, and how those differences influence the way your child experiences school, social situations, relationships and more.
--Important differences between shyness and introversion.
--How the world appears to your introverted child – and what you as a parent can do to be supportive.
-- The right—and wrong—approaches to helping quiet children navigate social environments.
-- The best ways to help introverted children discover and use their inner strengths.

Please also enjoy the Course’s message board to share experiences with other parents from your school and those of the extended Quiet Schools Network community.

Welcome to our parent community!

Math this Week: Counting by 10s

We practiced counting by 10s this week. In the past few weeks, we have explored what it means to count in sets of 2s, 5s and now 10s, and why it can be useful.  The children took pictures of their favorite "tens" using fingers and toes!  We discovered that we have 130 toes and fingers altogether!

Last week, we held a "Boot Camp" for parents to help explore Singapore Math.  The boot camp notes can be found here.  In the session, our math consultant Cassy Turner discussed bar modeling and its role in Singapore Math in the later grades.  Below are some examples of bar modeling--some fun math for the weekend and some great reminders about the importance of a growth mindset when it comes to challenging problems!

When I am 100 years old, I will...

To help kick off our 100th day celebrations for next week, each student visualized what they might look like when they are 100 years old.  And then it was time to imagine what their favorite activity would be.  We recorded their work on Seesaw as well.