2 June, 2014
Everyone is counting down the days to the final day of school. It will be hard to say goodbye to our friends that are moving on!
We had some indoor recess time this week with rainy weather, but when we were able to make it out, we did some exploring and adventuring. We spent time gathering and examining plants and leaves. We enjoyed comparing them then drawing and coloring examples of the different specimens we collected. Thursday afternoon students enjoyed an outdoor lunch, then got really excited to explore behind the playground, climbing down the bank, over trees and logs and through the bushes. It was great to spend some time checking out all of the spring plants popping up and putting our motor skills to work navigating the tricky terrain.
indoor recess activities
During circle time everyone shared what they loved most about school this year and each child drew a corresponding picture. We learned more about the South American country, Brazil, and everyone got to try a special Brazilian candy sent in by a native Brazilian friend. We have really enjoyed learning about all of the continents this year, including the climates, the customs, and the animals.
letter sound sort
reading to a friend
reading with friends
favorite snack and story time
At the art table several of the children made fun bowler hats that they decorated with colored tissue paper squares. Many students also continued to work on their spring dioramas, creating more animals out of clay, and writing or narrating descriptions of what they made.
clay animals for dioramas
During Spanish we practiced our songs and read a Spanish story. Students continued to work on their Spanish vocabulary during the morning work times. We made empanadas with Zeanny by mixing masa and water, forming it into a ball, then placing it in a bag and flattening it into a circle with a pan. We placed some cheese inside, folded it over into a pocket, then cooked it on the griddle. They were so yummy!
mixing the masa and water and forming it into a dough ball
flattening the empenada
Friday students chose to do a baking soda and vinegar volcano to celebrate our last day of science. We also examined the parts of an apple blossom and an apple. We found where the sepals are on the blossom then located the sepals on the apple. We counted the petals, and noticed that there are five, just like there are five seed pockets that form a star inside the apple.
The students were excited to take their science notebooks home to share, as they have worked hard documenting all of our experiments this year.
apple blossom examination
reading with Gerrie
Gerrie Scott joined us for a story on our final Friday, with three stories about two friends, dog and bear. She had some help reading from a friend.