This week was a short week for the Sunnybrook students with Thanksgiving being on Thursday. Monday, the students had a great time playing out in all the snow and playing musical chairs.
On Tuesday we started our prep for our stone soup. The students were a big help with washing, peeling, and cutting up all of the vegetables. While some children did that, others picked out and colored one of the many Thanksgiving coloring pages that we had out, one of them being from the amazing Ms. Rose.
Rose came in and showed us how to sign stone soup. Each of the children had such a fun time getting to act and sign out parts of the book.
Our stone soup day was a terrific success! While we were so busy having so much fun with everyone, we didn’t get any pictures. But there were so many people who came to eat the soup that the students worked so hard to make. A big thank you to everyone who came and to those who donated food. All of the extra and leftover food was sent to the Bethlehem food pantry where they have a refrigerator to keep all of the vegetables.
This week we had our very first snow fall of the season. A lot of students were so excited to play in the snow and make snow balls. There wasn’t quite enough snow to make snow men yet, but it got students thinking about Christmas and how it is right around the corner. Some students even started singing Christmas songs. While they were sad to see all the bikes go in for the winter season, they were excited for all the sledding that they could do.
Ms. Eileen gave a demonstration of some work that was available called nesting boxes. The nesting boxes had pictures on them of space, countries, towns, and then a house. From the biggest box being the milky way, to the solar system, to earth, then the continents, the U.S., the state NH, our town of Lancaster, and then a house to represent home. It shows students how the world around us is much bigger than just our town or just our home. The students remarked how it looked a lot like the pink block tower that we have in the classroom.
It was a short week this week for the Sunnybrook students with having Veterans day off on Friday. We had to cram in as much fun into the short week as possible, so we thought it might be fun to make some fairy houses for the fairies to live in while it’s cold outside. The children had so much fun building fairy houses out of different parts like scarves, wood blocks, colorful pebbles, feathers, and more.
On Wednesday the Taproot group headed into the woods with the idea of building a fort. A spot was chosen and they began to gather materials. Long sticks and birch bark were used to build the walls and fallen leaves lined the ground for insulation. They learned the importance of working together and communicating with others to keep everyone safe.
We had a birthday celebration on Thursday for Elaina who was turning 5. We celebrated by singing happy birthday and having her take her walks around the sun.
Warren had brought in a green ribbon that he won for showing sheep at the Lancaster Fair this summer. He told us what went into showing sheep and how you take care of them. He also talked to us about 4H and what he does with 4H. The children were very curious about the ribbon and had many questions for Warren to answer.
We also learned about how maps are made. Ms. Eileen talked about how it would be difficult to carry a map around in your pocket all day, so that’s why we have maps. She demonstrated how maps are made by peeling an orange skin into two equal sides and pressing down on the skin to make it flat. The picture that was once on the spherical shape, now flattened out like the map.
This was a wonky week for Sunnybrook school with so many friends being sick. But, we carried on and still had so much fun. Rose was here on Tuesday to do sign language where they played the caterpillar game and read a book while signing along.
The students were excited to discover that there was a puppet theater put up in the classroom. They had so much fun putting on puppet shows and playing different characters in their own made up stories.
The Wednesday Taproot kids used their fox feet, deer ears, and eagle eyes to quietly walk through the woods, listen to the sounds, and notice what was around them. They heard birds singing and saw some big rocks to climb on. Emily pointed out a game trail that animals use to travel through the woods. Just before turning around, the students found a patch in the tall grass that had likely been a sleeping spot for deer.
Eileen introduced the kindness jar on Wednesday. The kindness jar starts off empty, then gets filled up with rocks. Every rock represents an act or moment of kindness that is observed by a teacher. So when teachers see a student doing something kind, it is acknowledged and a rock gets added to the kindness jar. When our jar is full, we will all have a dance party! We also talked about what it means to be kind and what good friends do.
On Thursday, we looked at how things sink and how things float. When something sinks, it goes to the bottom of the water. When something floats, it stays at the top of the water. The students picked objects from a box and hypothesized on whether their objects were going to float or sink. The students then dropped their objects into the water bucket to test their hypothesis. Upon seeing their object float or sink, they determined whether their hypothesis was right or wrong.