Eric's Weekly Update 10-19-13

posted Oct 21, 2013, 10:15 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Friday, 10/18 PTO (Parents’ Time Out) 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, 10/22 RCO Meeting 6-7:30pm
Wednesday, 10/23 Picture Re-Takes
Wednesday, 10/23 Laughing Planet Day – see below for details
Thursday, 31st Planned fieldtrip to Northern Lights Farm (pumpkins!)
Friday, 11/1 NO SCHOOL – conferences & clothing exchange Monday, 11/4 NO SCHOOL – conferences & clothing exchange
This week… This week we talked about the Islamic celebration of Eid Al Adha. It required going back in history a bit to get some context, and it was a worthwhile discussion. We also began reading some of Aesop’s Fables. There are a lot of them, and whether or not there actually was a historical figure named Aesop is beside the point. The stories that we have read so far are fun and they make us think about the application/relevance in our own lives. We also have learned some things about the Greek gods. It’s amazing that they are still so well known: Poseidon, Mercury, Athena, Zeus, Perseus, Apollo, Aphrodite, etc. They were such interesting gods that the Romans copied them and gave them new names.

Next week and beyond…
Coming up we have an overview of ancient European art and music, tools and weapons, language and transportation, and lots of other interesting things. This will lay the foundation for our work in the coming weeks, and give us the roots we need as we look into the many cultures that shaped ancient Europe.

Hopefully we will have time to do some experiments as we begin studies into geology, and the kingdoms of life (animal, plant, fungi, etc.)

At the end of the month I have scored an epic fieldtrip opportunity. (Yes, my kids taught me those words…) We will be going to the Northern Light Tree Farm just off of Hwy 58. The plan is to leave at 11:00 or so and arrive in time to eat lunch at the farm. We will have a swell time and leave at 1:30 or so with a pumpkin, gourd, and heritage corn. Sounds fun, yes? We are happy to take a small contingent of parents along. Just make sure you have volunteer paperwork on file with the office and let me know you plan on attending. Permission slips will be arriving soon. 

Now hear this: I plan on building a replica of a Viking ship this term. If you have any insight into the actual construction of these marvelous ocean-going vessels please let me know, otherwise I will contact my friend Mr. Google for specsJ

Also, I would like to give a big thank you to those who found and donated art supplies for our puppet project. Keep it coming!