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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.

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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Delicious Thanks!

Thank you to all of the parents that donated time and items for our annual winter breakfast.  Smita Patel and Sherri Liedberg organized a feast.  We know it’s difficult enough to get out the door with the children in the morning.  But to also manage to bring in some cold juice or a warm dish…a near miracle!  The Bluebird Room is so appreciative.  It was especially nice to see all of you interacting with the children and one another.  Thanks again for all you do to make the events so special!  Molly and Kyrie

 

Our Prehistoric Museum

How proud we were to share our museum with friends and families!  The students had been working for weeks on research that began with the study of the Timeline of Life.  Third level chose an era to research, second level chose a prehistoric animal, and first level chose a fossil.  Each student read information on the chosen topic, gathered interesting facts in their culture notebooks, and typed a finished product.  Seeing as we are The Creative Crocodiles, the research came to life in many ways.  Posters, timelines, life sized paintings, 3-D models, dioramas, and plaster fossils were all created.  The Friday before Winter break, the room became our museum as the children displayed and presented their hard work.

Cole and Evan shared facts on the Tasmanian Tiger with Marc Brown

Cole and Evan  shared facts on the Tasmanian Tiger with Marc Brown while Daivik read about the sabertooth tiger.

Elizabeth shared her assigned research as well as a few extra pieces!

Elizabeth shared her assigned research as well as a few extra pieces!

Colin's Lipluorodon painting is the perfect backdrop for Jenna, Madrin, and Cooper in the Paleozoic era.

Colin’s Lipluorodon painting is the perfect backdrop for Jenna, Madrin, and Cooper in the Paleozoic era.

Madison and Joy share Mesozoic research with Myla's mom.  Jenna's pterabird painting is quite fierce!

Madison and Joy share Mesozoic research with Myla’s mom. Jenna’s pterabird painting is quite fierce!

 

Sylvania Historical Village

The Bluebird class took a November day trip to Sylvania Historical Village.  Greeted by a beautiful fall day, the children set off to learn about the Native Americans of our area and the Pioneers.  We traveled through the village, touring a trading post, a one-room schoolhouse, an authentic log cabin, a blacksmith shop, and a post office/train depot.

Elizabeth as a pioneer girl

Elizabeth as a pioneer girl

Ibrahim models pioneer boy clothing at the log cabin.

Ibrahim models pioneer boy clothing at the log cabin.

Indian relics at the trading post

Indian relics at the trading post

Our Indian guide taught us the similarities and differences between Native American and modernn  basic needs

Our Indian guide taught us the similarities and differences between Native American and modernn basic needs

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Third Level Teachers

Some of the third level have completed their Montessori language materials and are beginning to teach lessons to others.  Teaching previously learned concepts to others allows them to commit these skills to long term memory.  They prepared and presented small group lessons to kindergarten students!  They were amazing.  I hope they don’t put us out of a job!

Super Duck!

How proud the Bluebird room is of Ajani!  The class enjoyed a Children’s Theater Workshop play at the Collingwood Arts center.  Ajani played the part of a bully duck and a swan king.  After learning his script and practicing for several months, the hard work was evident in his performance.  Ajani, the way you projected your voice and the expression you used were super…Super Duck!  Thank you to Arnyka for inviting us all.  It was enjoyed by all.

Duck with attitude

Duck with attitude