Eric's Weekly Update 9-9-11

posted Sep 9, 2011, 10:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman
I am sending this letter out electronically as well as on paper. 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.
Thursday, 15th Parent Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm in room 2
Wednesday, 21st Picture DayFriday,
30th Vision Screening
This week…
The first half-week of school is over! We have sweltered a bit, but the 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. If you have not already done so, please supply your student with a washable placemat, an easy to clean cup for drinking, and some comfortable and durable inside shoes or slippers. As preparation for the First Great Lesson (Creation of the Universe), we have read creation stories from around the world. On Monday we will hear the scientists story of the creation. 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?
Next week and beyond…
As I mentioned above, on Monday 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 15th. 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). These lessons are taught each year, and as the student is reintroduced to the information they will gain a deeper understanding of the concepts.
I am attempting to schedule a trip to the Science Factory (like last year) to support the universe studies we are doing in the classroom.