Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Winter Brain Break


Greetings!

Happy Holey Donuts and Berry Ice Cream!

We kicked off the holidays with sweet treats and a classic movie, Snow White, which we recently came across in 26 Fairmount Ave, Tomie DePaola's story about a family event. (The kids' family stories are up in the background.)



Winter Break Journal

The kids received a tiny notebook to keep track of cool events during break. Upon return in January the notes will help each compose an essay about their time off from school.  However, using the notebook is optional. Some kids may (or claim to) remember well enough without it.


Puzzles

The kids love these brain exercising puzzles, so I suggest you consider puzzle books for gift giving. In the meantime, they have a few in their backpacks to solve. 



"Hey Pizza Man!"

By the way, here's a brain break favorite from GoNoodle.


If you're ever at a dinner table and you mention "purple stew" (another brain break favorite) your child might explode with excitement.

Happy New Year!

Of course there was more to our week, but it's the holidays, and time for more donuts. See you in the New Year.

Stay safe and have fun!
Don

Friday, December 7, 2018

Outdoorsiness

Greetings! 

Extraordinary

Well, our week included the annual Winter Show... 





















...and a wonderful Q&A with a visiting filmmaker.



But the big event was probably outdoors at Kledu Farm. 


I'm going to leave the details to your third grader to explain. I'm beat! I'll admit it. Enjoy the photos and talk.  






























Teak
Have a nice weekend,
Don 




Friday, November 30, 2018

Biomimicry

Greetings! 


We really got our hands dirty this week! 

Papy-R-Us

Our ongoing discussion about caring for the planet introduced the kids to biomimicry. 





Biomimicry basically means humans borrowing ideas from flora and fauna to improve our existence. For example, these biodegradable straws came from our school's papyrus plant and they worked! 


Plus, the delicate process of boring out the stem's fiber by hand forced the kids to work patiently.


Now we'll see what other ideas the kids can come up with from nature. 

Plogging!

We plogged (jogging + plastic pick up) and found a surprising amount of micro rubbish around campus. 








Beautiful Math



Gotta love the sidewalk chalk





Family

We are studying factual information and using family as the context for a first person essay. Ask your child what story she or he will recount. 

DePaola's charming model for a first person narrative 

This literary exercise will help the students understand and develop story elements (e.g. characters, settings, problem/situation, resolution) while writing about a familiar topic. 

 IXL

If you're child is on IXL this weekend, working in third grade math sections C and D and language arts section B would be helpful. 

Enjoy your weekend,
Don