• Sep022014

    POSTED AT 07:03 PM

      
    It was so great to start band and orchestra again! Most of us were rusty after a summer of not practicing very much, or not at all, but it didn't take long to get back in the swing of things. We could see and hear improvement with each piece we reviewed. After the people who had band and orchestra last year met, Dennis met with the children who are new to the program. Then he met with the children who were considering taking up a new instrument. He discussed the advantage of sticking with one instrument for at least two years before deciding to change instruments. Some children have decided to add on another instrument to the ones they started last year. I love the enthusiasm!

    I have missed our nature hikes. Stella and I took nature hikes all summer, but it is a different kind of pleasure to hike with the Older Group and see the trails through the children's eyes and experiences. Last year, I had purchased some pocket guides of Ohio butterflies and birds, but they were not comprehensive enough to identify much of what the children were finding. I found some much better guides of Ohio butterflies, wildflowers, birds, and trees that will fit in my backpack. I'm looking forward to having them available on our hike tomorrow.


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    Sep012014

    POSTED AT 12:13 PM

    We are off to a wonderful new school year! Everyone is so happy to see each other, and be back together after various summer excitement. A not-so-happy event at Stivers School for the Arts, a fire in the drama department, had Stivers closed for Wednesday and Thursday. I am glad that the damage was limited and they were able to reopen by Friday, but I must say, we enjoyed having Carter, Zenya, and Ellie join us for both days. I didn't expect to see them so soon after school began; it was wonderful to start the school year with them.

    Dennis came in on Thursday to talk to the children about this year's band and orchestra program. We will be starting back up with band and orchestra this coming Tuesday. Can't wait!
    We are starting our school year with geography in Brian's class, geography in the OG, as well as geometry for math to round out the 'geo' theme.  This past week we have been learning about the continents and where they are located, and began learning about the continent of Africa. The children will do a brief survey of all of the countries in Africa, then select one to do a short research project about. The plan is to learn about each continent in a similar fashion.
    In math, we have been learning about squares, rectangles, angles, and triangles. This includes measuring perimeter, and this coming week, area. We have been identifying and labeling angles and triangles as well.
    Our school garden is growing and looking lovely. The OG is planning to make a community meal for the Older Group this coming Friday. We will make salsa from our garden veggies and prepare bean burritos for lunch. 


    This lovely swallowtail was visiting our garden. This summer I purchased a better butterfly guide than the one I already had in the OG, as well as guides to Ohio birds, trees, and wildflowers to take along on our walks. I am really looking forward to resuming our Monday walks!

    The first book I am reading to the class is The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall.
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