Mark Those Calendars!
- D2 Space Odyssey Mission in Rm 7: Amber (firstname.lastname@example.org) is planning an
AMAZING all day space exploration and training for our 22 little astronauts, but WE NEED YOUR HELP! She sent an email about materials and volunteers she needs and is in desperate need of parent helpers! Are you available Monday March 20th for part or all of this space mission Odyssey OR as NASA would call it an, “Extended Duration Orbiter Mission” Day? See details later in blog below!
- Community Snack Schedule: POST-PRESIDENT’S week break is the Maxwell/Johnson family. Please
, use the snack signup genius here to sign up for a week to bring snack. Let the Snack Coordinator Kudsana (email@example.com) know if you need special accommodations or are unable to fulfill your commitment. And a BIG thank you to the Fierro family for snack last week!
- Pod-Wide Spring Celebration: Friday March 31st before the potluck (time TBD) Some fun activities we will have include visiting baby chicks, eggs-ercsise hunts, egg races, egg dying, egg decorating, and planting!
- Parent Meeting: Wednesday March 22nd
- FUTURE Parent Meeting Dates: Skipping February (short month, too many conflicts), Wedn
esday March 22nd, Wednesday April 26th, Wednesday May 24th, and Wednesday June 14th.
- Leprechaun Trap Challenge: On Thursday March 16th, we’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of this holiday, we’ll be doing a fun Leprechaun Trap challenge as an engineering project in science that week! Children will build traps during science on Tuesday the 14th. See details further down about materials to bring! Then, we will test how well they work by leaving them overnight on Wednesday. Should be fun!
- St. Patrick’s Day: NO SCHOOL Friday March 17th (staff development day)
- PSC Meeting: Wednesday March 15th 6:30-9pm
- Board Meeting: Thursday M
arch 16th 6:30-8pm
- The Spring Green Feast: On March 31st from 12:00-12:50pm, we’ll celebrate the coming of spring by
having a fun GREEN feast of all green foods provided by the bounty of the earth. Sort of like Stone Soup, everyone brings in an item to make salads, and that item also serves as a side dish for kids to choose from. Please view the sing-up genius HERE and feel free to add anything else ‘green’ you feel might be appropriate! We’ll do some revamping of the compost leading up to the big day. The Green Feast is to remind us of the wonderful gifts and mysteries of nature’s goodness 🙂
- Kinder Pod Performs for Community Sing! All families are welcome to join us on the last Fridays of each month for the sing. However, the kindergarten pod will be performing Friday April 28th for the school. Click here to see all the dates and who’s performing!
Leprechaun Traps: Materials needed!
D2 Space Odyssey Mission Countdown!
- She’s in need of 25 each of the following items for the mission’s success:
- Cereal boxes, one for each kid. Not huge ones, small to medium size.
- White and black pipe cleaners
- Solar space stickers &/or scratch art paper with sticks.
- Medium size smooth river rock
- Silver glitter (2 or 4 varieties)
- Spice jars (15 total of the spice island brand jars with lids or jars that are equivalent.
- Mission control center – who has ideas or can help build one?
- Plastic containers (see her email)
- Volunteer parent to run the AV stuff (music, lights, projector etc.) during activities.
- 3 to 6 of the large plastic containers from Coffee Mate or Starbucks, seen below
The Schedule For Our Space Mission Launch Day!
There will be bio lab boxes set up to try out, two to four kids at a time at this station. This is their chance to mine for rocks and test out what it’s like running a mini bio lab. Another station to be set up called Stargazing for letters and number search.
Amber Martines, C.R.S., G.R.I.
- Dr. Seuss Reading Week: It was Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Thursday March 2nd, so we
highlighted it by reading many of his books and doing related literacy activities to encourage rhyming and word ending recognition, which helps blending sounds as they learn reading.
- NEW Story Workshop Cart: Children made stories after using the NEW story workshop cart from the center pod. Children were so excited to use these new loose materials, and did some wonderful play with their imaginations! When they finished, we put them back (since it’s a recycled items activity), but snapped photos beforehand. The next day, some children were able to explain their stories and see their pictures on a slide show! Students took 10 seconds to look at each picture and use their own imaginations to make sense of how the materials were used first. Then, the story was read aloud and they were given time to 3 questions or comments. Children were very proud and their classmates were respectful and encouraging of their sharing!
- Cooking: Cat in The Hat Parfaits with strawberries, vanilla yogurt, and whipper cream!
- NO MORE Mud Puddles! Aside from some kids coming back from both recesses
covered/caked with/bathed in mud from chest to feet (some with no change of clothing), there’s a sanitary issue. We recently found out that several of the large mud puddles children were playing in have been contaminated by dog poop. Several witnesses saw at least 5 dogs choose their spots and owners didn’t fish for the logs…So, please, tell your child that mud puddles are off limits!
- Literacy: Phonics with Dr. Seuss word families!
- Science: Gak making and experiments!
- Art: Dr. Seuss themed puppets using plastic cutlery and decorative materials. This
inspired them to do plays with our puppet theater 🙂
- Just-Right Reading! Each morning, parents can help kids choose leveled books to take home and practice reading with children. Please be sure to return the books and put them in the proper bins!
- 1-on-1 Reading: From now on, I will take emerging and beginner readers (Fountas & Pinnell level A-G) 1-on-1 to practice reading and work on sight words
during Quiet Time, and both mid-range readers (H-K) and high readers (L-N, and above) will go with TK teacher Carol for guided readings group 1-2x a week. I also read 1-on-1 with children who ask during exploration, as well.
- Math: March calendars and money. We introduced money with pennies, dimes, nickels, quarters, and half dollar coins because the kids want to fundraise for a field trip. (They know Monterrey Bay Aquarium isn’t an option this year, but still were interested in selling goods to raise money for the classroom to do something fun!). They looked at the coins for qualities that identify each coins, then sorted the coins. Eventually, we did addition and subtraction practice with money. They did skits taking turned pretending to be a buyer and seller buying cookies for a $1.00.
- Buddies: We played on the playground together with our 4th grade buddies!
- Truffalla Tree Phonics: Students helped each other in groups brainstorm and write down words for various word ending families. This was a mostly independent activity where kids worked together and circulated to each table of word families!
- Scales: As an open ended morning math activity during free choice, children worked with scales to answer the provocation -how can you balance the scales? They used beans and noticed that because they’re different sizes, that skewed the results. This week, they will try foam blocks.
- Sharing: Several kids brought in special items they wanted to share as an extension of our science discussion on models.
- Dr. Seuss Movie: Horton Hears A Who (25 mins)
- Friday School Community Sing
- Japanese Doll Festival: Akiko and Nadia did a wonderful presentation about Japanese Doll Festival that they celebrated March 3rd. Akiko brought in one of the foods typically eaten during the celebration. Nadia wore her traditional clothing and Akiko showed kids how to make their own paper dolls!
Dr. Seuss Inspired Phonics!
Japanese Doll Festival
Story Workshop Cart in Action!
Science with Christine: GAK
GUIDED ACTIVITY: Gak Experiment
We continued going through the list of “experiment ideas” that the kids had brainstormed a few weeks ago. We did the following idea: “What happens when you add _____ to gak?”
- I put flour oatmeal salt and sugar into my back and it’s just like don’t know!
- Salt is pulling the water out of the gak!
Salt changed the color
Mesh: it goes through a little easy and it gets stuck
Rocks: Gak sticks to them. We smoothed it up and put it on top, the octopus wassticking to the rock because of the gak.
Sometimes when I stick the animals on and try to take it off the toys would stick and then the gak stretched and broke.
Toys and gak: it sticks, doesn’t come off that easily,
Grass: gak makes float stuck
Gak on a house: easy to clean off, slowly covers it, sticky, breaks,
Gak on clothes feels cold and sticky
You can’t see the color when you mix everything in
I added mostly oats I put water oil and oil after I put dry stuff in then I added liquidand it was kid of dry and liquidy
I added everything and it looked exactly oatmeal, it looked weird!
I made a purple beautiful design- because I added a lot of flour
Stick and gak: The stick was stuck and when I tried to pull it really high and the gak stretched and broke! It’s strong!
When I added only salt and it turned liquid and the gak separated from the water
Animal hotel: We put rocks sticks salt and sugar in gak and it turned a certain color and mixed into a lot of colors together. All of those ingredients together made some kind of glue.
I found out if you put flour and salt together and then I just go into the gak and then it turned into more bits.
Toys sink in gak: I put a pink snake in before recess and it was on the top and now it’s sunk inside. (Other kid) yeah! My triceratops sunk and now the gak is rising out of the container
GUIDED ACTIVITY: Morning Exploration Time (Gak Making Station)