Our first full year was full of fun, JOYful learning! In the fall, we watched the national presidential election closely and had 4 students represent 4 of the candidates. Platforms were researched, presented and all students voted. They lined up outside the office to enter the voting booth that was created.
The second annual BOX day was based on Inventions. We have a lot of budding Edisons and Einsteins! We found out that it is absolutely okay to find out what does NOT work.
Our TEAMS were busy learning many new things all year: Chess, Rubiks, Sign Language, drama, ukuleles. The building team put together a rabbit house that could house a whole family of rabbits!
All students performed in our 2 big shows: a musical nativity in December - Night of Wonder, and our 2nd annual Shakespeare production in May - A Midsummer Night's Dream. We, of course, added music to the Shakespeare show. The kindergarten fairy group gave a sweet rendition of "Dream a Little Dream of Me". Our ukulele players showed off their new skills with "Can't Help Falling in Love". We think musical Shakespeare is a win-win!
A few fun memories from this year: going to Scotland, Germany, Italy, Jerusalem, and learning about Native Americans during our Family Share days; students receiving licenses for Rollberblading and naming the basketball court The Autobahn; Art with Mrs. Foutz and doing our own Van Gogh chalk art; Science days with Ms. Borum; intriguing critters visiting with Ms. Stephanie from Wild things; saying farewell to Coco the 10 year old tarantula; and pizza parties for the many Math students doing amazing work!
Bravo to all the students and all they did. We are already looking forward to next school year!
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We had a great first week! My goal for the first week was to detox... It was a good sign that maybe we were accomplishing that when on Friday afternoon, after our field trip, I heard kids saying they didn't want to go home, they wanted to go back to school!!
We are working on seeing where kids are on their reading and math skills and getting them in a place where they feel like they can succeed as we help them move forward. We are also working on gathering 100-point words from our reading: words that intrigue us, amaze us, just think are cool!
If anyone is at a dollar store and sees some fun colored/print DUCT TAPE rolls, grab a few and send them our way. We are using the tape for our different notebooks and today the kids wanted to make duct tape wallets for their JOY money. Anyone who still has JOY money to be cut out, please try to have a family cutting party and get it returned by Thursday morning. Last Monday we looked at different types of money from all over the world and did a compare/contrast: took note of how they were alike and different. We used our 4Rs of Research, Reason, Relate, Record to decide the what, why, and how to create and make our own JOY money.