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.
The solar system is another area of study this month. Students have been introduced to the planets, the sun, the moon and our place within the galaxy. They love the hands on activities including puzzles, matching cards, nomenclature cards and art projects that have accompanied this lesson.
Mr. Bones, our resident skeleton has been making his way through the school, too. Many classrooms have been introducing the parts of the body and the names of the bones. Students will continue these studies through February and will even touch on the parts of the heart in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brought with it plenty of character education lessons relating to understanding and acceptance. One classroom demonstrated a wonderful activity where they showed three eggs each of a different color. They talked about how each egg looked differently on the outside, but when they cracked them open, no one could tell which egg belonged to which shell. This is what we mean that we are all the same on the inside. A beautiful lesson with a beautiful message on a level our young children could begin to understand.
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.
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