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Author Archives: Goldfinch

31
May

Easing the Summer Parenting Issues

Posted by Goldfinch

Parenting during the summer can be a bit more challenging since many children have less structured time.  I am familiar with this as a parent of two elementary children. I recently completed the STEP Parenting class taught by Lynn Fisher. … Continue reading

31
May

Connecting Students with Nature

Posted by Goldfinch

West Side is very fortunate to have acres of trails filled with various habitats from wetlands, to prairies to temperate forests.  As often as we could we took the students for nature hikes in every season.  Connecting students to nature … Continue reading

28
May

Last Week Information

Posted by Goldfinch

Click on the following link for the fun activities planned for the last week of school! Last week 2015

18
May

Last Math Fact Test!

Posted by Goldfinch

The last math fact test will be Wednesday, May 27th. Please make sure that your child continues to practice math facts over the summer.  See our summer blog for additional math ideas and websites.  Have a fun summer!

18
May

Summer Language and Math Activities

Posted by Goldfinch

Your students have grown to be great readers, writers, and mathematicians this year.  They have gained many skills that will still need to be practiced over the summer to ensure retention.  Thus, it is important to keep your students reading, … Continue reading

12
May

A Summer of Executive Functioning Practice

Posted by Goldfinch

Being able to plan, organize, and monitor one’s time are crucial skills in today’s world.  These three skills are a few elements of executive functioning, a term referring to the cognitive processes that guide, direct, and manage thinking, emotional responses, … Continue reading

11
May

Last week of spelling tests

Posted by Goldfinch

As the year draws to a close this week will be our last spelling tests. Thank you for studying each week with your child.  Continue to work on spelling words during the summer and challenging your child to use the … Continue reading

23
Apr

Nature’s Nursery Visits the Goldfinch Room

Posted by Goldfinch

On Wednesday Nature’s Nursery visited our classroom and discussed vertebrates, invertebrates, habitats, and animal adaptations.  These topics connect to our zoology lessons with Natalie.  The presenter from Nature’s Nursery shared with us four animals and how their facility rescued them. … Continue reading

02
Apr

Health Fun for the Goldfinch Class

Posted by Goldfinch

  On the day before spring vacation the Goldfinch students participated in several health activities that supported our lesson studies.  Students were introduced to health choices in the early morning and then had the opportunity to work on them throughout … Continue reading

27
Mar

Level 3 Teaches “How To” Lessons

Posted by Goldfinch

This week in the Helpful Hound classroom, the third graders prepared at home lessons that described “how to” do something.  There are many reasons why this was a meaningful activity.  First, planning a lesson and speaking in front of others … Continue reading

27
Mar

Level 2 Presents a Clothing Historical Timeline

Posted by Goldfinch

Level 2 has been studying the needs of people throughout time.  As a group they selected two needs to people to concentrate on this last month.  One was the history of clothing and the other one was the history of … Continue reading

26
Mar

Parent Help Needed!!

Posted by Goldfinch

The annual fundraising event is fast approaching. An outdoor entertainment center was made by Anna’s grandpa. It is beautiful!  Now we need parent volunteers to finish it up for the auction.  We are in need of a parent to purchase … Continue reading

19
Mar

Farewell European Adventures!

Posted by Goldfinch

The Helpful Hounds concluded their European travels this week.  Each student packed his or her suitcase and said farewell.  We learned the names, capitals, and flags of several countries.  Even more enticing was exploring the cultures of this diverse continent. … Continue reading

17
Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted by Goldfinch

The Helpful Hounds were taken aback by a mischievous visitor on St. Patrick’s Day!  As the children settled into the classroom, they observed several messed up areas.  From a knocked over stool, to an upside down March calendar label, to … Continue reading

06
Mar

Famous People take over the Goldfinch Classroom

Posted by Goldfinch

As the culmination to the third level study on the United States of America third level students chose a famous person to research.  As part of this research they also wrote about the state that this person was born in, … Continue reading

06
Mar

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Posted by Goldfinch

The week of March 2nd was spent celebrating the work of Dr. Seuss.  Each day a special guest reader visited the classroom to share a favorite Dr. Seuss book.  Students brought in a favorite Dr. Seuss book or stuffed animal … Continue reading

04
Mar

Wacky Wednesday Dr. Seuss Style

Posted by Goldfinch

The Goldfinch students started the day off with Natalie reading her favorite Dr. Seuss book Wacky Wednesday.   So we were all a little wacky today!  From upside down posters, to walking backwards to line up, and new crazy names the … Continue reading

02
Mar

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Posted by Goldfinch

During the week of March 2nd the Goldfinch classroom will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Special guest readers will read a Dr. Seuss book each day.  On Friday, lessons will all revolve around Dr. Seuss.  Students are welcome … Continue reading

25
Feb

Montessori Education Week activities

Posted by Goldfinch

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24
Feb

Hard Working Helpful Hounds

Posted by Goldfinch

                                             

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