Parent involvement and participation is a large part of what makes Summers-Knoll such a wonderful place. In December, several parents came in to do special projects with the first and second graders.
For several years, Christine Hume and Jeff Clark have done poetry workshops with my class. This years they contributed to our theme of Identity by helping us write "I am" poems. In January, the children will be incorporating their poems into an art project with Tracy.
Trinh Pham gave us a lesson in genetics. She explained how scientist Gregor Mendel did experiments with pea plants and found there was a pattern to how genes were passed on from "parent plants" to their offspring. He discovered that there are recessive and dominant genes. After Trinh's explanation, the children took the information they gathered about their families eye color and looked at the patterns of recessive and dominant genes.
As part of our discussion of Identity, Christine Moellering, shared two books that are part of Lilith's family's December traditions.
Throughout the year we will continue our discussions of Identity, so please let me know if you have a family tradition or project you and your child would like to share with the class.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support, and a special thank you to Becky, Trinh, Preeti, and Gabrielle, for their weekly assistance with math.