Emily & Alyson's Weekly Update 1-23-13

posted Jan 23, 2013, 10:02 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Happy New Year! We hope you had a peaceful winter break with your little ones. As we head into the New Year with full speed (oh my goodness, January is almost over), we have have a lot of fun and exciting learning in store. But before we get to that, let's here an update from room 4 student, Elizabeth Danforth, about her winter vacation: 

Over winter break I went to the King Tut exhibit in Seattle. It was so interesting. The signs were so detailed, plus it had the original work that was centuries old. They even had the real outer coffin of King Tut. I could not believe that their earrings back then were so heavy. It was so fun because I love Ancient Egypt! 

Thanks Elizabeth. And now.... 
The last couple of weeks have been filled with volcano studies. Students have been learning about how and where different types of rocks are formed. The kids enjoyed a literary journey that took them through the center of the earth.

We are currently working on paper mache' volcanoes that we will be erupting soon. In fact, if you have any afternoon time available this week and would like to help with the volcano project (it's a messy job), please contact Alyson. 

Ancient Rome 
I wish you could have been there when Roman Studies were introduced last week. The children's faces lit up with excitement and anticipation of this new Cultural Studies topic. Many students chose a particular area of research to examine which ranged from Roman Food and Fashion to Roman Architecture to questions like, "What happened to Pompeii when Mt. Vesuvius erupted?" The momentum has exploded and we are sure to see many creative projects in the weeks ahead.   

Letter writing is in full swing and the kids have been very busy sending and receiving letters. They have been writing to family members, professional athletes, cartoonists, famous authors and big corporations. Nathan Knobelspiesse received a personalized letter back from LEGOS and Arthur Burridge got a letter from Mrs. Jean Shultz. She even offered to send our class some comics! The children have pen pals in Connecticut and (soon to be) a Montessori school in Texas. We have been corresponding with Gabriella and Veronica in Arizona as well. The work has been so popular that we are completely out of, and in great need of postage stamps. Stop by the post office with your child this week and pick out a book of stamps for the classroom. It's fun to choose from the assortment they have to offer and it's nice to have one in the classroom as well. 

Reading Volunteers
As a new semester begins, we are looking for volunteers to read with students. Many thanks to Elin, Rhonda, Laura, Chazz, Cindy and Tim for all the hours you've contributed. If you have any availability in the morning and would like to listen to kids read, please contact Emily or Alyson.