Saturday, May 27, 2017

Weekly Summary: 5/22-5/26

Over the past couple months, as a class, we have been discussing and doing projects around seeds and gardens. Reading the The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, seemed a fitting novel to read in conjunction with these themes.  We are really enjoying the novel. The story is full of mysteries.  Just recently one mystery was solved.  The main character, Mary, found the key, and the door to the garden, that has been locked up for 10 years. 

Emma, 8th grader, came and told the class about how some tropical fish are poisoned with cyanide and this is killing the coral reefs. 

The children performed the Musical they have been working on over the past couple months. The anticipation for this event was palpable.  On Thursday, the children critiqued their performance. They said that the songs went well but there were points in the play that were confusing to the audience and there were some mistakes. Despite these problems, most thought the performance deserved at least a 4 stars out of 5. 

The week ended with a trip to Fossil Park. The children turned into paleontologists. They dug out fossils from the ancient sea bed.

Thank you to Shan for organizing the trip and Ed and Lindsey for joining us. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Weekly Summary: 5/15-5/19

Sustainability was the center of activities this week. After weeks of collecting, processing, and packaging seeds, the 1st and 2nd graders had their seed sale. The sale was very successful, making $150 for the Rain Garden project. 

On our “Spring Nature Walk” with Kelsey, our class helped rid the woods of the invasive garlic mustard to help the native flowers sustain their rightful place in the woods.

In Math, the children have been practicing adding and multiplying in a “go round” game. Each child gets a card with a number and a problem on it. A child reads a card that tells their number and asks a question. The child with the answer to the question response and so it goes till we get back to the first child. For example: “I have 25. Who has 6 x 3?”.

Thank you to Jessica and Joan for engaging the children for hour so I could attend the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. They had the children write me lovely notes and make me a beautiful bunting. Thank you to all the people who brought in delicious food for the breakfast. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Weekly Post 5/8-5/12

Happy Mother's Day
We hope you enjoy your day!

This week was full of special events. Another round of EBs started with gusto. Monday and Wednesday; children were busy playing with light and color, cooking delicious treats, and learning about physics in order to build a race car. 

Tuesday morning there was a trip to the Scrap Box to learn about recycling and reusing materials. Each child created a robot out of recycled items, and got to go shopping for more recycled materials to take home for future projects. 

Sue explains how the Scrap Box gets materials from businesses
that would would normally go straight to landfills. The important
message is Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose.

Thursday, author Amy Shrodes about writing her book Lost and Found Cat

At the end of the day, Jessica and Edison explained the blue bird survey they are working on this spring and summer. They gave us a tour of the nesting boxes in County Farm Park.

One ​nest has 5 beautiful blue bird eggs in it.  They were too high for us to look at but Jessica took a photo of them for us to see.

On Friday Jessica and Edison found 3 eggs hatched.

Friday, we had the Fun Run and cheered for runners in the SK 5K. Edison is in the Running Club after school so he was able to participate in the 5K. The children chanted his name as he began the race and gave him "high 5s"as he ran to the finish.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Weekly Summary: 5/1-5/5

Our basket of seed packets is filling up with beautifully designed envelopes.  This week, the children made packets for moon flower seeds.  Both 1st and 2nd grade classrooms have been busy making seed packages that will be for sale to the Summers Knoll community on May 17th. (more on this soon).  

We had a brainstorming session to come up with ideas about why some of the seeds we planted were not growing.  The children came up with many interesting hypotheses from too much water, too little water, too many seeds next to each other, etc.  

Also this week, we had a visit from Amanda, a librarian from the Ann Arbor Public Libraries.  She talked about all the amazing programs that will be going on at the libraries over the summer.  

On Thursday, we went to Washtenaw Community College where we saw a Wild Swan Theater production of "Marketplace Stories: Folktales from the Arab World".  After the the performance, representatives and volunteers from the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn Michigan and the Wild Swan Theater, had a hands-on workshop set up for the children in a common area at WCC.  This workshop included materials and instruction for the children. They created a mosaic of colorful translucent plastic squares.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly Summary: 4/24- 4/28

After lunch, I usually read to the class but this week, the children took turns being "Guest Readers". We heard lot of fun and interesting stories.  

We also had lots of practice being an attentive, appreciative audience.  Along with listening to the "guest readers", we also watched Chris's class practice their musical, a performance by Spencer's elective class, and the 7th/8th graders rendition of "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare.

The poems this week were in the cinquains style. A cinquain is a poetic form that uses a 5 line pattern.  There are several variations of this style of poem. Each child wrote a cinquains using the 5 line form in which the lines had a  1, 2, 3, 4, 1 word pattens.

Over the week, the children watched seeds they planted last week start to sprout. They also designed seed packets for seeds they have collect and dried. We hope to sell the seed packets in the coming weeks to raise money for the Rain Garden Project.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekly Summary : 4/17-4/21

The children have been busy collecting and planting seeds.  
Planting fermented and dried tomato seeds in pots

 They helped weed the garden along the building.  

Saturday is Earth Day; we discussed why there is an Earth Day and what type of things we can do to help take care of the Earth.  Each child made an Earth Day sign to attach to a Trader Joe's grocery bag. The bags will be distributed to some lucky Trader Joe's customers on Saturday.  

On Wednesday, we took a "writing trip", to the UM Botanical Gardens.  The children were asked to find something in the garden and write a description of it.  Many children found this a challenging assignment but gave it their best effort.

It was great to spend the evening with so many of you at Eudaimonia. Thanks for coming.