Maple Room News
Lines of Communication
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The Teachers of the Maple Room
Recently the children of the Maple Room decided to write to our school leaders, in protest of a decision that prevented them from enjoying both fresh air and open space. Through pictures and words, children worked hard to fight for something they felt they truly deserved: outdoor recess, regardless of the conditions. They flooded the desks of our leaders with letters and drawings.
Following this display, Todd and Michelle came to speak to the children. During the conversation, the children and adults expressed their points-of-view. The children now have a greater understanding of why adults may make certain decisions, and the adults are more aware of how their decision can directly impact our students.
Spreading Mindfulness at Compass
We have continued to immerse ourselves in print this week. Students are noticing familiar letters and words all around them. At the beginning of the week, we spent our private reading time reading words that we know by heart: "Words of the Day", names of students/classes, days of the week, number words, etc.
We have continued to use some of the strategies that we learned in the beginning of the year, such as looking closely at the pictures. Now, we know that we can combine looking at the pictures and carefully reading the words we know to figure out all of the words on a page.
We have learned several new strategies that are helping us grow our reading brains!
Readers search for information when we get stuck on a tricky part in a book. We look at the whole page, the pictures and other words to help us figure out what is happening. We can think about the following to help us figure out tricky words:
· What goes with the pattern?
· What makes sense?· What’s the first sound?
Our "Words of the Day" for this week: went, are, this, look, for
During this unit, students were also introduced to a new math tool: the rekenrek. Please visit the link below to learn more about this simple, yet powerful tool.
Art Show - Celebrating our Studio Work
Our fall semester of Studio in a School was concluded with an Art Show Celebration. In the past few weeks, students created beautiful wooden sculptures. Maples spent a lot of time exploring with the various wooden pieces that were used to create their final products. After assembling their structures with wood glue, students then explored the idea of adding color and texture to their wooden designs. Pieces of colored tissue paper were applied to various parts of their structure to really make their work come to life.
On Wednesday morning, the Maples were partnered with the Pine class for an art celebration. Kindergarteners were paired with First Graders so that they could observe and analyze the art that had been created by Compass students. Students were asked to choose one sculpture that they were attracted to. They were then prompted to sketch the sculptures from the angle that they were viewing them.
The "art talk" was rich and full of design language, such as: layering, building, 3-D, patterns, etc.
All wooden sculptures are now able to go home with Maples. These structures are very fragile and it might be best for grown ups to take them before/after school.
Please check out the student collages that have been showcased in the hallways for friends and family to see.
We have been connecting our read aloud texts to our study of "family" from our integrated unit. This week, we read The Relatives Came and Tango Makes Three. Students were making personal connections to different types of families that they are familiar with or families that they may be a part of. We discussed that no two families are the same: families have different members and are of different sizes. Some beautiful comments from these discussions:
"I feel lucky that I have a big family...some families only have one person or two."
"I know that my parents were really happy when they had me because they wanted to make a bigger family."
"A mommy has a part to do and a daddy has another one...or two daddy's can do the parts too."
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