Eric's Weekly Update 9-6-12

posted Sep 6, 2012, 11:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman
This is a paper version of my (often) weekly classroom letter. This is the same letter I emailed to families last night. If you did not receive the electronic version, it means I do not have your email address and kindly ask that you provide it to me so you are able to receive future classroom updates. We are trying to have as little paper going home as possible, and I appreciate your help in this matter.

Wednesday, 19th Picture Day, Parent Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm in room 3
Week of 24thth Planned trip to Science Factory
Friday 28th Vision Screening 

This week…
The first week of school is over! Students are settling in and we are building our new classroom community. We are learning names, rules of the classroom and school, and playing some fun games. Remember to supply your student with a washable placemat and some comfortable and durable inside shoes or slippers ASAP if you have not already done so. 

Next week and beyond…
Starting on the 10th, we begin our journey into the universe with the First Great Lesson. This is a classic presentation, and one of five Great Lessons. The Creation Of The Universe is the scientists’ story of how the universe came to be. Prior to this I will have shared creation stories from many cultures around the world, and encouraged the students to talk with you about what your family beliefs are regarding the universe.

The scientists’ story gets the most sustained attention because I use it to jump off into almost every other area of the curriculum. I will talk more about this at the parent meeting scheduled for the 19th. Please attend if at all possible. 

As part of the Great Lesson for next week, we will be learning about the scientific method, the birth of the elements and attraction, stellar nucleosynthesis, and building atoms with the Niels Bohr method (for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1922), our solar system, and much more. These core lessons I present each year and as a student matures academically, the lessons become more meaningful and enlightening. 

One of the important themes to come out of this first lesson is for the child to realize that the universe does not revolve around any one of us. Our place is rather small really, but we are significant. We ask ourselves: What will I offer to the world today? What is my cosmic task? What good and enduring work will I leave behind? 

As we near the end of the month, we will be planning a trip to the Science Factory, as well as an in-house speaker named Rick Kang. Rick has visited the classroom many times and brings a wealth of knowledge about all things that sparkle in the night sky!

Eric and Adriene