Children at Work 2.1.16 - 2.5.16
Climbing, Playing, Learning
Welcome Back, Brian
This week, Michelle will be transitioning back to her co-director job. She's had lots of fun teaching the Maple class and getting to know the children on an even deeper level. Thanks so much to all of the families for your help and support over the last couple of weeks!
- Thinking about what word fits using the pictures and the context of the surrounding sentence.
- Breaking words into smaller chunks, reading the word part by part, and putting the parts back together
- Looking for familiar words inside the unfamiliar word to help identify the sounds that might be present
- Trying out a number of sounds for letter combinations and thinking about which sounds right
At home, take some time to read with your child. If he or she comes across a word that's unfamiliar to him or her, ask them what strategies he or she could use to figure out the word.
Princeton shares how he hunted for smaller, familiar words inside of an unfamiliar word- "in," "for," and "mat,"- to figure out how to say information
Taylor L. figured out how to recognize "cabin" by using the words "cab" and "in"
The kids continued to write new nonfiction pieces about topics that interested them and to use their writing checklists to improve the quality of their work. Children have increasingly started to use the resources in the room, including the word wall, charts, and books, to figure out the spelling of words. Their writing continues to grow more complex, and children are pushing themselves to write longer pieces.
Project Time: Terrarium Observations and Experimentation
Math Workshop: From Repeating Patterns to Number Patterns
Later in the week, we shifted our study from repeating color and shape patterns with distinct units to number patterns. The kids will explore patterns of constant growth over the next few lessons. Children worked within the context of a person who wanted to save money by collecting pennies in a jar. She put two pennies in her jar to start, and then added three more pennies each day. The kids discussed whether or not a pattern was occurring and used different models to record the addition of pennies to the jar over the course of 10 days and observe how the quantity of pennies changed. Then, they made up their own penny jar situations and observed new patterns of growth to compare to the original. The kids will continue to study contexts that model constant growth and look for patterns that arise as the numbers increase.
We constructed a two-story space house that travels through space...
Exploring living systems: Bill the hermit crab, our new ant farm, the human body model, and plants
Making puppets with binder clips and paper
Feeding the worm bin
Mindfulness: Making it Rain
Announcements for Next Week
No School on Monday, February 8th
Trip to the Lowline on Thursday, February 11th
The Lowline Lab is a long-term open laboratory and technical exhibit designed to test and showcase how the Lowline will grow and sustain plants underground. Built inside an abandoned market on the Lower East Side, two blocks from the site of the proposed future Lowline, the Lowline Lab includes a series of controlled experiments in an environment mimicking the actual Lowline site.
We will travel by bus to the Lowline Lab and will return to school in time for lunch. Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to chaperone!