Well, we made it through our first snowstorm of the season. The children are loving the mounds of snow and the energy in the classrooms is contagious. Hopefully, the snow will melt soon and we can move that energy outdoors.
The students are hard at work. It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly creative and imaginative our faculty and students are. The lessons in the classrooms have focused on hibernation and migration, as well as adaptation. There have been so many wonderful approaches to these lessons and the art work is not only fun, but educational. Animal classification has also been a hot topic recently. Learning to identify the characteristics of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish is always an interactive activity in the classroom.
Groundhog Day has introduced the concept of shadow and light into the science area and prediction into the math area. Students will have the opportunity to predict whether they think the groundhog will see his shadow or not. This is a wonderful introduction to using information gathered to make educated guesses…the beginning of the scientific theory!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brought with it plenty of character education lessons relating to understanding and acceptance.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, our character education focus will be friendship, kindness, thoughtfulness and love. We will continue to reinforce manners and using kind and appropriate words while learning to understand the importance of friendship and the effects friendship has on each of us.
February is Dental Awareness Month and our students will be treated to a visit from the dentist. Dr. Rani has been visiting our students for years and she makes her return appearance this month as she discusses the importance of dental health. The classrooms will be introducing the parts of the tooth along with a variety of lessons relating to dental health.
President’s Day activities will focus on the introduction of money including coins in the math area and a variety of activities relating to the presidents that will translate into history, geography, language, handwriting, culture and reading.
Reminders that we are closed for Professional Development Day on Friday, February 12 and again for President’s Day on Monday, February 15.
Wishing you a warm and wonderful February,
Chris Booth, Principal