Maple Room News

Children and Their Work 3.28 - 4.1

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Several children can be seen above leading their own versions of Morning Circle.

Family Teacher Conferences: Thank You

Dear Families:

It was a great pleasure getting to speak with so many of you this week. Getting to share pieces of your child's educational experience is extremely important to us. We also appreciate hearing your thoughts and collaborating with you to make your child's experience in the Maple Room as personalized and meaningful as possible.

Please know that we are always here to talk. Should you have any additional questions about our curriculum, approach to education, or your child's experience, please feel free to email us at any time.


Brian and Sivanne

Persuasive Writing

This week, the children of the Maple Room continued to write persuasively. Before writing, children were asked to think of several things they like and a number of things they dislike. While writing, children were asked to choose one of these things, and work, through the use of persuasive language and phrases such as 'you must', 'definitely', 'because', 'believe me...' and 'you should agree that...' to convince someone to try, dislike, or adore a topic.

This week children encouraged their readers to like Batman, dogs, and the Museum of Natural History. Children wrote in protest of birds flying south, pillows, and global warming.

Math Workshop: Hold and Fold

All children started this lesson with a single square. First they were asked to turn their square into a rectangle. Next, they were encouraged to unfold the paper to reveal their original square. After doing this, children were instructed to fold two corners down to meet the crease of the first fold. This fold is sometimes referred to as the airplane fold. Finally, children folded the remaining two corners to meet the center crease. This final fold can be seen in the middle photograph above. Our children have come to refer to this final fold as the envelope fold, as it turns the paper back into a small square that resembled an envelope. Oh, kids!

Through independent and partner work, children investigated and carefully recorded the different shapes that emerged from folding and refolding the square on one or more of its fold lines.

Does this activity sound a little confusing? Ask your child to explain it to you. Try it at home. It's very, very fun and engaging.

Can you find all nine shapes?