All the world’s a stage in the Oak Room! If you read last week’s bulletin you saw our drum circle with Mamadou Traore. Mamadou is teaching me to play the djembe. He kindly brought in enough instruments for almost every child in Oak and Eucalyptus. As a side note, he was very impressed with how many countries in Africa the children were able to name.
We had a lovely, calm week in our classroom! When I returned from my mother’s memorial service on Tuesday, we had a “presentation afternoon” with many children giving presentations on research that they had finished up while I was gone.
Everyone’s favorite lessons from last week were learning how to make small, spiral booklets and learning how to identify scat from animals found throughout Yolo County.
I introduced a small group of children to coordinating conjunctions and, as a result, Keira is now busy writing the world’s longest sentence.
This week I gave a lesson on the ancient city of Uruk, considered to be the first true city in the world. (It was located in the southern region of Sumer — modern day Warka, Iraq). A small group of children are now recreating the city with leftover lumber and cardboard.
What do garden bugs, simple circuits, and the Iron Age have in common? The answer is that research on ladybugs and grubs from the garden, creating a variety of simple circuits from our new classroom kits, and a renewed interest in the history materials were popular work choices.
Thank you so much for those of you who took time out of your busy morning to come to my coffee chat last week. I really enjoyed hearing all of your thoughtful questions and seeing how supportive you are to one another.
We’ve continued our exploration of Newton’s Laws of Motion by conducting experiments related to the second law. At the end of the experiment, they declared that it was not as interesting as the first and third law. They’re a tough crowd.
We are joining the bulletin/blog so all of you can stay up to date on what we are doing and what we are learning in Extended Care every week. Each week we will be learning about a different theme.
Our Greenhaven Estates gift of song was a great success. All of the Lower Elementary children were there as well as most of the Upper Elementary students. We sang for the residents in their dining area and then went to the Memory Care Center to sing to the elders there.