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Bluebird

Kyrie Lee

Kyrie Lee

Molly Bernhardt

Molly Bernhardt

Bluebird Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Molly Bernhardt and Kyrie Lee are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Europe, here we come!

This month we have begun our continent study of Europe.  We began with a lay of the land, a lesson on the biomes of Europe.  As we continue the study, first level will learn more about the animals of Europe and where they are found.  Second level will be researching the needs of humans in Europe and how they vary from country to country.  They voted to focus on Norway and the history of Vikings!  Keep your eye out for signs of these sailors.  Third level will be focusing on the needs within various European biomes and choosing research topics.  Each level will also be focusing on the physical and political geography including regions, countries, capitals, land and water forms, landmarks, and flags.

 

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February 13th, the Bluebird Room had a special lesson on the history and geography of cheese.  Dating back to ancient times in the Arabian peninsula, travelers would carry goat’s milk in a sac, the stomach of a goat or sheep.   As legend tells it, the jostling of the travels combined with the rennet in the lining of the stomach curdled the milk forming the curds (cheese) and the whey (the liquid).  This satisfied the weary travelers hunger and thirst.  Thus the birth of cheese.  We also learned that not only cow and goat milk is used but some cultures use sheep, horse, and even moose milk to make cheeses.  A tasting of cheeses and bread from Europe followed, with the children locating the origin of each sample.  England, Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Poland, the Ukraine, and Scandinavia were represented. I guess you could say cheese is a universal love!

The bread and cheese tasting

The bread and cheese tasting

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Some even tried the blue cheese!

 

 

 

 

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100 Days of School!

On February 3, 2015, we celebrated 100 days of school.  The day began with a community breakfast.  Each child had a bowl of 100 cereal pieces with 100 ml of milk.  Then it was on to some mathematical stations.  Below are some of the images from our busy day.  

  • Building with 100 pattern blocks
  • Building a structure with 100 cups
  • Guessing and checking the jars with 100 items
  • Sharing 100 day collections
  • Measuring 100 cm
  • 100 Day posters
  • 100 day snack (ritz crackers and cheese shaped as 100)
  • Skip counting to 100
  • Making 100 with money
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100-day1Monday, Feb. 2, is the 100th day of the school year and the Lower Elementary teachers have many engaging activities planned for the day.

Students are asked to help celebrate by making a 100-day collection. Students are to collect 100 of something and bring their items to school on Monday. The 100th day collections will be shared during each classroom’s morning meeting.

Get creative! It’s always amazing to see the wonderful ideas each child comes up with such as 100 Lego sculpture, 100 picture poster, and 100 cotton ball snowman.  Have fun!

100th DAY BREAKFAST

To start off  the 100th Day celebration, your student also is invited to bring 100 pieces of their favorite cereal in a personalized resalable plastic bag. Each class will have breakfast with a smile that day. Now that’s a tasty way to start the day!

Let it Snow…

This year’s lower elementary theme is Nature and You…not just on the beautiful sunny days but even the cold, snowy ones.  Today we bundled up and spent a morning just enjoying our friends and nature.  Alhough the children don’t think about all of the learning that is taking place, we observed the children developing social skills as they navigated sharing 9 spray bottles of colored water, 4 sleds, and two soccer net “targets”with 70 friends.  Of course this also lead to emotional lessons as well!   Physical development was evident as they pulled one another on sleds, climbed up the play structure to slide into the snow, jumped into piles of snow, and threw snowballs.  While building a snow castle, snowman, or rainbow colored “crystal”, creativity was fostered.  Teachers and children alike had so much fun!

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The Lower Elementary Nature Wonderland

Friday, January 16 • 10-11 a.m.

The Lower Elementary children will experience a “Nature Wonderland” this Friday, Jan. 16, from 10-11 a.m.  The children should wear their winter coat and bring along boots, snow pants, gloves, and a hat. The children will participate in fun outdoor activities. After the outdoor play, the children will enjoy warm hot chocolate.

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