Diana's Update 12-12-19

posted Dec 12, 2019, 9:45 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Gardening/Cooking: Today the children harvested the lettuce and made salad dressing. It was an additional course to their lunch. Also, they are making individual meringue snowflakes.

This month each child will be sewing a winter banner as a gift for their families. This big project requires already learned skills, the running stitch to sew around the snowscape and attaching buttons to make a snowman. The new challenge is sewing on sequins. 

Students continue to work on their world maps. A few have been completed! 

We are learning more about microbes from the books, Don’t Lick This Book and
Germs Make Me Sick. We viewed the Reading Rainbow episode about microscopes and growing cultures in a lab. It included a clip taken on a farm which taught about the beneficial bacteria in soil. The children will be making models of bacteria and viruses this week. 

Shape and Say stories include “No Nose Pinching for Nancy” and “Harry’s Helping Hands.”

We have finished the second chapter book in the Morton and Warton series by Russell E. Erikson. 

All children have had an opportunity to lead calendar time. They have learned that a presenter is prepared, waits for the audience to be ready and projects with a strong voice. They look forward to this responsibility and are doing well at announcing the current date and leading “The Kindness Pledge.”

Joy of Sharing – Help us take care of Ridgeline families over winter break!  Our annual food drive, the Joy of Sharing begins December 16 and runs through December 20. Please bring non-perishable donations to school during that week. In addition to food, other items such as toilet paper and personal hygiene items are welcome. With the donated items, we will create and distribute food baskets to Ridgeline families in need, to help them over winter break. Please contact Cynthia if your family would benefit from a Joy of Sharing box.