I have missed a few weeks with the Brief, so here is a quick overview. We had some more fun studying simple machines by practicing moving a sledge (a big book) across the floor using pencils as log rollers. There were several groups doing this and many interesting variations on how to move the sledge across the floor. We also began our study of flowers and named their parts, followed up by some art to reproduce a flower. We then labeled the parts.
Next week we will do some follow-up work with flowers by discussing pollination and in later weeks simple and complex flowers. We will try to fit in some lessons on magnetism, how it works (attraction and repulsion). Then there is that lovely day known as Valentines Day. We work hard to teach students that there is no ‘m’ in the word. I don’t know why this is so hard for kids to grasp but it is my personal mission in life to rid the ‘m’ sound from Valentine! If your child will be bringing in cards to share it is easier to prepare cards for every student without using names. Trust me, it’s better this way. With dozens of kids hunting for each other to deliver cards a sort of kick-the-anthill scene emerges, with everybody moving around without much appearing to get done. No offence to ants intended. I’m sure they have a plan I don’t understand. We will begin studies of Australia in mid-March.
Eric and Adriene