Another great week has come and gone. Over the last several days we have had many special events that enriched the learning environment here at school. On Tuesday, we had our annual Latin American Marketplace out in the commons. The Older Kids made crafts and other assorted goodies while Brenda decorated the commons to make it look festive. All students practiced using Spanish phrases to barter for goods in the Marketplace. The kids bought items for sale from the sellers using Pesos they were given. It was a great deal of fun!
On Wednesday we welcomed a Marimba band to the commons as well. They performed some excellent songs that had the kids moving to the beat.
On Thursday, Brenda and the Older Kids were at it again as they presented skits that they had prepared. It is always amazing for us to see the kids that we used to have in class performing in front of their peers and using nothing but Spanish nonetheless! Before the skit, we were lucky enough to welcome Polly as she did some more amazing science activities with our kids. We feel so lucky to have her.
With all this going on, it might seem hard to believe that we got in any of our normal work at all, but trust us, we sure did! Aside from all the great work you are seeing in the Friday Folder this weekend, we also started our new unit on the Human Body. This week our focus was on the skeleton and the kids completed a writing about how important healthy bones are. Our students also cut out and assembled paper versions of their skeletons onto a paper version of their bodies. These will be decorating the Rivendell halls soon and when we have gotten all the different parts of the body attached, it will come home to adorn your wall as well!
Next week we have only two days of school and once again we will be having some special activities. On Tuesday, we have a special visit from a local author who will read her latest book to the kids and hopefully discuss the writing process a bit as well. We also will welcome Polly to share some more super science with us.
Tuesday is also special because it is Pajama Day in Younger Kids! Your child is welcome to wear pajamas to school, but we advise packing warm outside clothes as well. In the afternoon we will enjoy DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). Along with bringing in any special books that your child might like to read or look through, we encourage your child to bring in a stuffed animal he/she loves and even a blanket or pillow if she/he chooses. We will be serving some warm apple cider to the kids for them to sip as they peruse their books.
Earlier this week Holly and I read an article about math that we want to share with you all. We feel that it represents well how we do manipulative-based mathematics with our kids here at Rivendell. We also really like the suggestions to parents on activities that they might do at home with their children to reinforce basic number sense and math skills. You can find the article, here.
We will not have sharing next week, but we will have it the week after Thanksgiving and the theme will be…
Something That Bends like a Muscle or a Joint!!
We hope you and your families all have a splendid Thanksgiving Holiday!
Seth and Holly