The Abundant Feast

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An Envelope of Wonder

Dear parents,

Charlotte Mason wrote, "Education is the atmosphere we breathe, the envelope of wonder that surrounds us, held by the gravity of our daily habits." At Arborbrook we are truly hoping to create an atmosphere where the children are surrounded by awe and wonder. A great example of this is the children's Nature Study time this week, when they tagged and released a monarch butterfly to continue its migration on to Mexico.


Mark your calendars:

October 6 (This Thursday) No school

October 18 Parent - teacher conferences

October 25 Field trip to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia (please send your money and permission slip to me before October 10)

Alpha/Omega Time

Ms. Kimball and her father, Mr. Kimball, presented to us the truth that "I am sealed" during Assembly this week. The children explored their worldview in Bible time, writing and sharing what they believe about God, people, the universe, truth, and right and wrong.

Language Arts

Our next writing project will be a story which takes place in Ancient Rome. Each story must include a conversation, so we reviewed and practiced the rules of writing dialogue. Students began researching everyday life in Rome to decide which details to include in their story. In literature, we continued to narrate The Bronze Bow and began filling out a story map, discussing setting, characters, and conflict.

History and Science

In history, we continued our study of Julius Caesar's life, and students worked in pairs to write a script for a play about Caesar's life. The children are very excited about our upcoming history fair (Nov. 3), and they chose their topics this week.

Science (Mrs. Ketchie) In Science, partners worked on their bear posters while snacking on gummy bears; then, each group presented their posters to their classmates and shared the information they had learned from their research. Next week, we move on to the "Mustelid" group.

Royal Readers

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac. Ned Begay joins the Marines after recruiters visit his Navajo reservation. The Japanese are cracking Marine codes, but they can’t crack the Navajo language. Ned participates in several Pacific battles.


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jaqueline Kelly. Twelve-year-old Callie would rather study science and the outdoors with her grandfather than cook or sew.

Friday Work

Math Lesson 28

Read chapters 14-17 in The Bronze Bow

Practice for dictation test

Begin researching history fair topic


Upcoming Tests:

Monday: Dictation

Wednesday: Math


* Some students need to practice cursive writing or math facts on Friday.

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