Our poem this week was "Fog" by Carl Sandburg. This seemed more appropriate than a poem about snow, since it has been so many days since we have seen any snow. The gray, cloudy weather has also made charting the moon nearly impossible. There have only a couple of days/nights the moon could be observed. To understand the phases of the moon better we watched a video from NASA that showed a year of the moon cycle in fast motion.
Moon Phases– Southern Hemisphere
The children made illustrations for their moon myths.
They are displayed on the bulletin board in our classroom.
We started talking about how some countries use a lunar vs. solar calendar, which led to a discussion of Chinese New Year that will start on Saturday. We watched a couple videos to learn more about Chinese New Year and children that take Mandarine taught us to say, "gongxi" (best wishes).
At Friday Meeting, the Mandarin classes sang a Chinese New Year song. Yunyi invited Mr. Chen to play a traditional New Years song on a flute and he made red signs with special New Year messages. These go around a door to bring good luck in the New Year. You can see them displayed on the Language office door.
At story time, I read myths from various countries in Africa.
In Math class, the children practiced adding and making tally marks while they played a game called "The Last SnowmanStanding".