Diana's Weekly Update 1-18-18

posted Jan 22, 2018, 12:49 PM by Cynthia Friedman

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Last week we learned about the leadership Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided to help promote fairer laws. Mostly, our discussion was focused on peaceful ways to work toward justice and, also, the Nobel Peace Prize. Students created symbols that represent peace to them and then placed them on their own peace medals. We watched part of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, noting the passion for fairness evident in his voice. We sang along with a video of “We Shall Overcome,” sung in several languages. We thought about how song can be a strategy for helping control anger (and other emotions) in order to achieve our commitment to work in nonviolent ways.

 

We have welcomed Fox Haven, a new kindergartner to our class and Shayleen is our new Thursday morning helper from the university.

 

Each child is using the whipstitch to sew a snow gnome. These have become part of a snowy scene in our practical life area.

 

Recent Shape and Say stories: “Harry the Helper,” “Felicia Flamingo,” “Oscar the Cat.”

 

Current CIK story: “Computer Brain,” thinking before acting.

 

Warton and the Traders is our current chapter book in Russell E. Erickson’s series about the adventures of two toad brothers.

 

The latest simple machine lesson covered the wedge.

 

For gardening, the children participated in worm composting.

 

All students have had a turn leading calendar time. They have learned that a presenter is prepared, waits for the audience to be ready and to project with a strong voice. They take this responsibility seriously and are doing a great job moving the earth about a degree in its path around the sun, announcing the current date and leading “The Kindness Pledge.”

 

Current needs:

·       This is the time of year when we need more volunteers to listen to our new emergent readers. The window for listening is 9:00-10:45.

·       The volunteer P.E. assistant position for Thursdays, 11:30-12:00, is still open.

Remember to log your volunteer hours. We want to count all volunteers’ hours in the tally.

 

Upcoming Event---Pajama Day and Valentine exchange will take place Wednesday, February 14th.

 

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