Week at a Glance

Becky's 2-Year Kindergarten Class...December 19, 2015


The end of the year is a time to reflect on our lives and all that we've done throughout the year. This is a perfect time for an OCS Portfolio Share! This week the children and I looked through all of the work they created so far this year, choosing work to showcase in their portfolios. Our feeling for the week was proud...how timely! When discussing this feeling, we created a list of all of the reasons that we might be proud of a particular piece of work...when you didn't think you could do something and then you did...when something's hard...when you learned something new...This came in quite handy while choosing work! The kids have seemed to truly enjoy the process of reflecting on their work, impressing themselves quite often! Thank you so much for sharing this joy with the children at the portfolio share! I loved eavesdropping on all of the conversations around the room!


WInter Solstice

Winter Solstice is just a few days away! We celebrated the changing of the seasons with several wintery projects this week! We first learned all about what Winter Solstice actually is: the day of the year with the shortest amount of daylight and the longest amount of darkness...the first day of winter! We also learned some of the traditions that folks around the world have for celebrating this holiday...bringing trees symbolizing life inside...celebrating the sun and the life, light and warmth it provides with candles...enjoying the sunset...sharing meals and celebrating the return of the sun and harvests...Fun! We each made our own beeswax candle to share with our families on Winter Solstice. Thank you sun! We are so appreciate of the light and warmth you bring to our days!

If you have a few moments to spare, enjoy this sweet book about WInter Solstice!

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Winter Experiments!

Ice is so much fun to play with! We explored many properties of ice this week! What happens when you put water in the freezer? How long does it take to freeze? We tested a small jar of water and a large jar to see how long each took to freeze...what do you think? Yup! The larger jar of water took much longer to freeze!

We learned that ice typically melts at 32 degrees F...but there are things you can do to cause ice to melt at lower temperatures! See if your child remembers what it was that we added to cause ice to melt at a lower temperature! We explored this phenomenom in several ways.

Armed with the knowledge of how salt and ice interact, students were given a challenge: drop an ice cube in a jar of water and try to pick up using only a piece of string! We had a slippery and chilly good time experimenting and trying out our ideas, before eventually adding salt to the equation. Lay the string on the ice cube, add a genorous amount of salt, and voila!...we were able to lift the ice cube! Science is so cool!
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What is frost? We see it on our car windows and on the grass, but what causes it to form? Well, this is exactly what we learned in our next experiement! We filled a can with crushed ice and frozen water, causing the temperature of the can to be right around freezing. Again, we added salt to the equation, which lowered the temperature of the can to below freezing (salt is really quite amazing!). With the can so cold, moisture suspended in the warm air of our classroom condensed and froze right on the can! We watched frost grow right before our eyes!
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As if that wasn't already enough wintery science for one week, we decided to make our own snowstorm in a jar! We've all been hopoing for some snow and had a great time laughing about the kids challenging me to a snowball fight! Someone commented that the first thing to do would be to throw 2 snowballs right onto my lenses, so I couldn't see!! Haha! This experiment involved some white painty water, glitter, oil and Alka Seltzer. We put all of these ingredients into a jar and watched a beautiful snow storm. The science behind this one is that the Alka Seltzer has carbon dioxide bubbles that rise to the surface with the white painty water attached. Upon reaching the surface the carbon dioxide escapes into the air and the white painty water sinks, as it is heavier than the surrounding oil...and on and on and on...it really is pretty neat, and the glitter makes it just that much more beautiful!
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We ended our wintry fun with an art project exploring oil pastels for a first time! We used "cool" colors to create a snowy lanscape and evergreen tree. See if your child remembers which colors are considered the cool colors!
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Our week would nothave been complete without something edible...we worked with the whole school on Tuesday during Math to create edible snowballs. Yum! Thank you Hal for inspiring this project! Here's the recipe if anyone's interested in trying this one out at home!
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Important Dates

December 18: Portofolio Share 9:00

Winter Break~No school December 21 through January 1

January 6: Parent Meeting 6:00

Upcoming Workshops *New sign up! Mark your calendars!*

Jan 8: Tessa, Lucy

January 15: Atticus, Lucy

January 22: Sayde, Andrew

January 29: Lyla, Calder

February 5: Marlo, Elsie

February 12: Tessa Jane, Lucy

February 26: Atticus, Declan

March 4: Sayde, Andrew

March 11: Lyla, Calder

March 18: Marlo, Elsie

March 25: Tessa Jane, Lucy

April 1: Atticus, Declan