Peek In Our Week {}{}{} Thee Buckeye Room {}{}{} Week Of February 12, 2024

The Buckeye Bulletin

Line Time:
We first learned about George Washington and how he was our first president and was the General of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln came from a poor family, freed the slaves and was president during the Civil War.  We were introduced to Franklin D. Roosevelt and how he was president during World War II and how John F. Kennedy fought for equal rights.  We then learned that Joe Biden was current president. The children were taught that the president’s wives are called the first lady and that the president lives in the white house in Washington DC, and flies on a jet called Air Force 1.  We discussed what responsibilities the President has.  The children came up with keeping us safe, keeping the world safe, and running the country. 

Presidents Of The United States Of America (Wasn’t that a 90’s band? Gunna eat a lot of peaches!)…


Did You Know?:

You can now get a headstone with a QR code. Called “Living Headstones”, they show pages with photos, video biographies, and comments from loved ones.

A Message From Mr. John (Just giving up on the weekend):

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 21 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh, Dutch/Flemmish).

Know Your Languages (Dutch/Flemmish):

Peek In The Classroom:

She is learning to recognize numbers from 0 to 9 and put them in order.
Working on the 9 tray where she will learn to identify and compose numbers from 1 to 9,999.
Sewing with real thread and real needle.

Letter Of The Week- U u

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bet

Language- Dutch/Flemmish

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
Weekly Themes:
Cultural.. Telling Time (quarter til)
Math.. Addition Math Facts
Language.. Prepositions
Geometry.. N/A

Next Week:
Weekly Themes:

Cultural.. M/A
Math.. Addition Math Facts
Language.. Prepositions
Geometry.. Square Pythagoras

Synonym Of The Week: APPROPRIATE, suitable, fitting, apropos, correct, proper
Sight Words Of The Week: would about

Future Happenings:
Bring Your Parent To School: Mondays and Wednesdays starting November 20, 2023… follow the link to sign up, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-45382628-buckeye#/

Monday 2/19: NO SCHOOL President’s Day

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Nope…… Not even going to try that with medical staff present.
Now that’s a bow! Who remembers The Flying Nun? Maybe your parents do.
Did they plan this?

Your Children Say The Darndest Things (Mari my friend):


Peek into our Week – Cherry Blossoms – weeks of 2/5/24 & 2/12/24

Our Focus Lesson: Internal Organs

We have had such a fun time the past two weeks learning about the insides of our bodies! We’ve learned about the brain, the lungs, the heart, the stomach, the small and large intestions, and the kidneys. Each of these body parts have a super important job to do, and we learned all about it! We also had fun identifying where inside of our bodies each organ is.

Preschool Corner:

Preschoolers are busy! They’re counting internal organs, using the Moveable Alphabet to isolate beginning sounds, tracing and labeling animals, and completing the 45 layout with the Golden Beads! This time of year is a time of big growth for our preschool students, many of them are entering a sensitive period where their math, language, and handwriting skills will grow immensely in the months we have left. It’s such a magical time of year, full of excitement and pride in their work!

Kindergarten Corner:

Kindergarteners are doing some big kid works! They are gathering data by asking questions of their classmates, telling time on an analog clock, and reading challenging words. In Reader’s Workshop, our older Blossoms have been introduced to the parts of speech – noun, verb, and adjective. In Writer’s Workshop, children have completed their unit on How To Books, and started Personal Narratives as we work on sentence structure, which words should be capitalized, and punctuation.

Check out what we’ve been up to!

We have had so much fun in the classroom over the past few weeks! We celebrated the 100th Day of School with some 100 year old ladies and gentlemen. One of these older gentleman used his walker to give you a hint about which continent we’ll be studying for the upcoming International Festival. We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with Candy Heart Graphing, dancing, a game of Musical Hearts, a treat, and Curious George’s Valentine’s Day.

Peek into Next Week!

Focus Lesson: Healthy Foods (5 Food Groups)

* We will be checking our lunch boxes each day next week to see if we can find the 5 food groups every day!

*We will also be preparing our own snack next week, eating one food group each day! Thank you to all the parents that are providing food items for us! Your child does not need to pack a snack next week!

Important Dates:

Monday, February 19 – No School, President’s Day

March 25 – April 1 – No School, Spring Break


Peek In Our Week ”’ The Buckeye Room ”’ Week Of February 5, 2024

The Buckeye Bulletin

Line Time:
Pollution and Recycling
The class went green for the week learning about recycling, conserving energy, and pollution.  I explained that pollution was anything that made our environment dirty.  We learned there is littering.  Littering can be people throwing trash on the side of the road or dropping a candy wrapper in the woods.  We now know that we need to put trash in an appropriate container.  We learned that air pollution is created by factories’ smokestacks and cars exhaust,  but cars are just one of the factors that produce air pollution, there are also other reasons.  Water Pollution is caused by factories dumping chemicals in the water or people throwing trash in the water instead of putting it in a trash can.  The 3 R’s were introduced and now we all know to reduce, reuse and recycle!  We thought of ways to conserve energy.  We came up with turning off lights in rooms we are not in or turning off the TV if we are not watching it.  We thought of turning off the water while we are brushing our teeth or turning down the heat and wearing a sweater instead.  During the kindergarten lesson a student realized the room was just as light with the lights off as it was if the lights were on.  Now we do our kindergarten lesson without lights.


Did You Know?:

Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories. This is better than going Keto. lol. Those heavy metalers have got something here.

A Message From Mr. John (Do I need a haircut?):

I am going for the Joey Ramone look!

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 20 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili, Welsh).

Know Your Languages (Welsh):

February Half Birthdays: A Montessori classroom prides itself on having a multi-aged classroom.

Specials Spot :

Peek In The Classroom:

Working together on the 100 Board. This material you put the numbers in order from 1 to 100.
Teamwork!
He is working on the Vowel Tree or Vowel Substitution. This is a pre reading material. The Vowel Tree helps children develop the pre-reading skill, word blends. If a Vowel Tree is new to you, here are a few tips. Start by placing one consonant from your moveable alphabet, such as ”r” in front of “a”. Say “ra” to the child.
She is peeling and cutting carrots for a “real purpose” of providing food for the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.

Peek Into Our Week:
Line Time- Pollution and recycling

Letter Of The Week- T t

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bed

Language Welsh

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
Weekly Themes:
Cultural.. Telling Time (quarter after)
Math.. Addition Math Facts
Language.. Conjunctions
Geometry.. Square Pythagoras

Next Week:
Weekly Themes:

Cultural.. Telling Time (quarter til)
Math.. Addition Math Facts
Language.. Prepositions
Geometry.. Square Pythagoras

Synonym Of The Week: APPROPRIATE, suitable, fitting, apropos, correct, proper
Sight Words Of The Week: would about

The tracking has ended since the flower bloomed and it looks suspiciously like a work in the classroom.

Future Happenings:
Bring Your Parent To School: Mondays and Wednesdays starting November 20, 2023… follow the link to sign up, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-45382628-buckeye#/

Thursday 2/15: Valentines get together

Friday 2/16 : NO SCHOOL Teacher training/In-Service Day

Monday 2/19: NO SCHOOL President’s Day

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

I thought this was a “You should have seen the other guy” moment but the scratch was only Nutella.
This is some fancy dancy hair.
Up close and personal with our Ball Python, Milky Way.

Your Children Say The Darndest Things (My brother and sister):


Peek into our Week – Cherry Blossoms – week of 1/29/24

Our Focus Lesson: The Skeletal System!

We began our study of the Human Body this week – beginning with our skeletons! Our skeletons are such an important part of our body since they hold us up, help us move, make our blood, and protect some very important organs inside of us. After this week, your child should be able to show you where their skull, spine, ribs, pelvis, femur, and humorous bones are. They can also wiggle their philanges! We put skeletons together this week, traced and labeled them, and created some extremely cute artist renditions of them!

Preschool Corner:

Preschoolers continued with their very big works this week! Our older preschoolers completed their Continent Maps that you can see hanging up in the hallway. They worked hard on these and it shows! Some of our other preschoolers tried new work activities for the very first time – like tracing a fish and completing 1-20 on the 100 Board! We’re so proud of them!

Kindergarten Corner:

Kindergarteners are busy in Writer’s Workshop! Our current unit is How To Books, and they are busy teaching their readers how to build snowmen, how to make hot chocolate, how to grow flowers, and how to be kind. Within the classroom, each Kindergarten chose a continent puzzle to trace and label as well. We’re getting ready for our upcoming in depth continent study that’s coming soon!

99 Days of School!

We are so excited to be 100 Days Smarter on Monday! Our class has been counting the days of school each day during Line Time. We practice exchanging when we get to ten units (ones) and moving them to the tens place. We practice counting by tens and ones each day. We can’t wait to rubber band all of those tens and move them to the hundreds place!

Groundhog’s Day!

We were so lucky to be able to get outside this week and introduce the concept of shadows with the sun! We learned that shadows are created by objects blocking the light source. We then furthered this study within the classroom using a flashlight and one of our geometric solids. We learned that the light needs to be behind the object to create a shadow in front of it. That if the objects gets closer to the light, the shadow gets bigger, and it gets smaller as the object moves farther away. We wrapped up our study by watching Punxsutawney Phil predict an early spring by not seeing his shadow on Friday!

Peek into Next Week!

Focus Lesson: Internal Organs

Important Dates:

February 5 – 100th Day of School!

February 15 – Valentine’s Day Celebration

February 16 – No School – Teacher Inservice

February 19 – No School – President’s Day


Peek In Our Week*** Thee Buckeye Room*** Week Of January 29, 2024

The Buckeye Bulletin

Line Time:

This week learned a bit more about our body. We went over the five senses. We learned that we can use our sense of touch not only with our fingers but any part of the body. Have you ever stepped on a Lego in bare feet. An electrical impulse travels from your foot to your brain and your brain tells you it hurts. Our sense of hearing is through our ears. Sound waves travel through the air and are caught by our ears, then travel down the ear canal hitting our ear drum. The ear drum vibrates and the brain interprets what we are hearing. Sight is used with our eyes. Light reflects and travels until caught by our eyes. Then the brain tells us what we are seeing. We smell trough our nose. Particles travel through the air and end up in our nose captured by little hairs called cilia. The hairs send an electrical impulse to, you guessed it, the brain. The brain tells us what we are smelling. We taste with our tongue and the food particles come in contact with our taste buds. The the taste buds tell the brain if the taste is sour, sweet, salty, or bitter. I gave the students salt water, sugar water, lemon juice, and unsweetened baking chocolate. Take a look at the pictures below. Some students liked the sour and some didn’t. Why you may ask? Because everyone’s brain is different and interprets the taste differently from some someone else’s brain.

Wall of Disgust and Fun:


Did You Know?:

Identical twins don’t have the same fingerprints. You can’t blame your crimes on your twin, after all. This is because environmental factors in the womb such as (umbilical cord length, position in the womb, and the rate of finger growth) impact your fingerprint.

A Message From Mr. John (Baking branches to kill critters):

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 19 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Irish, Kiswahili).

Know Your Languages (Kiswahili):

Specials Spot (polymers love each other so much they hug to create a strong bond):

Peek In The Classroom:

A new found science box was put on the shelf which curious students explored.
Look at that concentration pouring from a small pitcher in a funnel.
This was not his mess and without being asked he recognized the need to sweep the crumbs.
Someone really likes Geography!

Peek Into Our Week:
Line Time- 5 Senses

Letter Of The Week- S s

Rhyming Word Of The Week- bup

Language Kiswahili

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
Weekly Themes:
Cultural. Telling Time (to the half hour)
Math.. Using a Ruler
Language.. Conjunctions
Geometry.. Geometric Shapes II, Geo Cards

Next Week:
Weekly Themes:

Cultural. Telling Time (quarter past)
Math.. Addition Math Facts
Language.. Conjunctions
Geometry.. Geometric Solids

Synonym Of The Week: FAT, overweight, big, bulky, heavy, plump
Sight Words Of The Week: more these

Kinders are tracking this plant’s growth. On 1/17 6in 15cm, 1/23 15in 38cm, 1/29 22in 58 cm. And it may be ready to bloom soon. We have guesses if it’s going to bloom green, red, or yellow.

Future Happenings:
Bring Your Parent To School: Mondays and Wednesdays starting November 20, 2023… follow the link to sign up, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-45382628-buckeye#/

Thursday 2/15: Valentines get together

Friday 2/16 : NO SCHOOL Teacher training/In-Service Day

Monday 2/19: NO SCHOOL President’s Day

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Some one shouted “Milky Way is moving!” of course a bum rush to the nature center ensued.
Another sighting in the classroom of the elusive boy.
Just a goofy expression.
They kind of look scared?????

Your Children Say The Darndest Things (Pokemon is my fave):


Peek Into Our Week !!! Thee Buckeye Room !!! Week Of January 22, 2024

The Buckeye Bulletin

Line Time:
Skeletal System- 
(Last Week)This week we looked at the skeletal system and if we didn’t have a skeleton we would be one messy blob on the ground (insert a flagellant sound).  We learned the skull protects our brain, the rib cage protects our lungs, and the spine keeps us sitting and standing straight.  We learned technical terms for our arms, leg and our digits which is a funny name called phalanges. We brought our life sized foam puzzle into our room.  His name is Elvis because we learned about the pelvis and it was a cool rhyming name.

Elvis sitting up and hanging out.

This week we learned a bit about the internal organs.  We started with the brain which is like the computer of the body.  It tells our body how fast to breathe and how fast our heart should beat.  We discovered the lungs help us breathe and puts oxygen in our blood. Our stomach digests food, the small intestine take nutrients out of our food and large intestine gets the remaining water from indigestible food and creates waste (poop)(that word produced laughter) or as I referred to a bowel movement.  The kidneys process excess water and creates pee (more laughter) or urine.  The liver removes toxins from the body. We found out that the largest organ of the human body is the epidermis.  The liver is my fave internal organ.  What is yours?

They are working on the internal organ wok.

Did You Know?:
One in 18 people have a third nipple. Known as polythelia, the third nipple is caused by a mutation in inactive genes. Didn’t Chandler Bing on friends have a third nipple. I dare not post a picture of this.

A Message From Mr. John (I “heart” Grandparents Day):

Cultural Subjects:
Your children can now count to ten in 18 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic in the Lebanese Dialect, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagolog, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Irish).

Know Your Languages (Irish):

The Nature Center:

Feeding time for the roaches. Madagascar Hissing Roaches are herbivores and dine on fruits and vegetables.

Grandparents Day:

Scenes from science class on grandparents day.
Proud grandparents

Peek In The Classroom:

The cards and counters reinforces the knowledge that each number is made up of separate quantities. The child will see the sequence of numbers and how many separate units go to form each number. Great practice to show the odd and even numbers as well.
They traced Elvis and are labeling his bones.
We are giving students going in kindergarten and first grade the Albanesi Assessment. This assessment is a link between Montessori and traditional assessments.
Animal puzzles are wonderful for hand-eye coordination and for developing the fine motor muscles of the hand. These puzzles provide a hands-on opportunity for a child to learn the anatomical parts of an animal. Tracing and labeling the parts are a popular activity.

Peek Into Our Week:
Line Time- Internal Organs

Letter Of The Week- R r

Rhyming Word Of The Week- but

Language Irish

Academic Enrichment aka Kindergarten:
Weekly Themes:
Cultural. Telling Time (to the hour)
Math.. Using a Ruler
Language.. Adverbs
Geometry.. Geometric Shapes II, Geo Cards

Next Week:
Weekly Themes:

Cultural. Telling Time (half hour)
Math.. Using a Ruler
Language.. Conjunctions
Geometry.. Geometric Shapes II, More Geo Cards

Synonym Of The Week: NICE, kind, pleasant, delightful, good, helpful
Sight Words Of The Week: first than

The kindergarteners are tracking the growth of this plant. On 1/17 it was 6 inches and 15 centimeters. On 1/23 it was 15 inches and 38 centimeters.

Future Happenings:
Bring Your Parent To School: Mondays and Wednesdays starting November 20, 2023… follow the link to sign up, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-45382628-buckeye#/

Thursday 2/15: Valentines get together

Friday 2/16 : NO SCHOOL Teacher training/In-Service Day

Monday 2/19: NO SCHOOL President’s Day

Friends, Frolic, and Fun:

Pigtails.
A strong interest in watching roaches eat.
Contemplating!
As he was doing this he was saying “I’m upside down, I’m upside down!”

Your Children Say The Darndest Things (Gunna buy a plant):


Peek into our Week – Cherry Blossoms – week of 1/22/24

Our Focus Lesson: DINOSAURS!

This was everyone’s favorite week! We learned all about Dinosaurs! Ask your child what type of teeth meat eaters and plant eaters have, see if they can tell you the special words we call each of those dinosaurs. (Hint – carnivores and herbivores.) We learned that dinosaurs lived millions of year ago and that they are now extinct. We talked about the theories scientists have about what happened to the dinosaurs, and the class decided the best theory is that there was an asteroid that hit our planet. We ended the week learning about paleontologists, and now that is the current career plan for many of our littles!

Grandparent’s Day!

A huge thank you to all of our grandparents for visiting us on Thursday! It was such a pleasure for us teachers to meet you, we always hear so much about you from the children! We hope you enjoyed your science lesson, being introduced to our classroom space, and learning all types of concepts with your wonderful grandchildren!

The 100th Day of School is Coming!

We are so close to the 100th Day of School! We will be having a 100th Day of School Party on Monday, February 5th. Your child is invited to dress up like they are 100 years old on this day. (It’s my favorite day of the school year!) We will play games, sing songs, complete a special craft, and enjoy a special picnic lunch with our friends! AMMS will be providing the pizza, but if you would like to contribute to our lunch, you can sign up here. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CA5A628A3F4CF8-47513235-100th

Fun in the Gym!

We added a new gym game to our repertoire – the parachute! We learned how to handle the parachute with care, how to keep our listening ears open while having fun, and played the best game ever – popcorn! We can’t wait to play more games with the parachute!

Art with Ms. Lindsey!

We had a special guest art teacher this week – Ms. Lindsey! Ms. Lindsey introduced us to the wonderful Piet Mondrian, an artist who worked with lines, shapes, and colors. We practiced creating our own Mondrian inspired artworks by pasting black lines onto paper and filling in the shapes with red, yellow, and blue crayons.

We’re Learning Big Things!

At this point in the school year, our Blossoms begin working on more challenging concepts in small groups or with partners, and they also begin to work on projects that can take a few days to complete. This is such an exciting time in the classroom, because these children just glow with pride when they accomplish new things! We are so proud of them!

Peek into Next Week!

Next week, we begin our study of the Human Body. We will spend several weeks learning all about our bodies – what they look like inside, how to keep them healthy, and the function of all of the different systems. It’s a popular unit of study!

Focus Lesson: The Skeletal System

Important Dates:

Monday, February 5 – 100th Day of School

Thursday, February 15 – Valentine’s Day Treat

Friday, February 16 – No School – Teacher Inservice Day

Monday, February 19 – No School – President’s Day


Peek into our Week – Cherry Blossoms – week of 1/15/24

Our Focus Lesson: Hibernation, Migration, and Adaptation

Brrrr this was the perfect week for our focus lesson! We spent the week learning about what animals do during the winter months. Some animals hibernate, some migrate, and some adapt. We learned what each of these terms mean, and then read about the animals that fall into each category. Ask your children what it means if an animal hibernates, migrates, or adapts. And then see if they can give you an example of an animal for each category.

Our class science experiment helped us understand blubber a little more. Blubber is just one of the ways animals can adapt to the colder temperatures of winter. We learned that some whales and seals have blubber and that it keeps the animal warm while they are in the cold waters. So what it blubber? A layer of fat underneath the animals skin that keeps them warm. We used Crisco, baggies, and ice to determine if blubber actually keeps the animal warm. When our hands were in an empty baggie, then we could feel how cold the ice was. But the baggie that had Crisco created a barrier between our hands and the ice, keeping our hands warm!

Using our senses to explore what Crisco feels like inside of the baggie.
The baggie with Crisco is keeping our hands from feeling how cold the ice is!
What a fun experiment!

Preschool Corner

Our older preschool students revisited the World Map Puzzle, reviewing the names of the continents. They also started creating their own world maps by tracing and labeling the continents. After this map, we’ll move onto the map of North America!

Kindergarten Corner

Our Kindergarteners were introduced to the concept of measuring this week. They learned what a ruler does, were introduced to inches and centimeters, and practiced measuring how tall some polar animals are. We’ll continue practicing our measuring skills over the next couple weeks.

Our Kindergarteners are also working so hard on their reading skills. They read books daily to either a teacher or a friend, but also still visit the language shelf to practice reading skills in a more hands on way. They’re practicing blends, digraphs, rhyming, and compound words!

Peek into Work Time

Practical Life continues to be an important learning area within our classroom. This area of the room grows with the child, from our youngest student to our oldest. From spooning beads to sewing snowflakes!

Peek into Next Week

Our Focus Lesson: Dinosaurs

Important Dates:

Thursday, January 25 – Grandparent’s Day

Monday, February 5 – 100th Day of School

Friday, February 16 – No School/Teacher Inservice Day


Peek into our Week – Cherry Blossoms – week of 1/8/24

Our Focus Lesson – The Mitten and Snowflakes

Welcome back to school! We have settled right back into our expectations and routines. This week we had our first Book Study of the school year. During a Book Study, we will read the same book every day of the week. This allows us to practice a learning topic more in depth, as well as learn different things about the story. We read The Mitten by Jan Brett this week! We focused on the sequence of the story and retelling the story in order. We noticed that Jan Brett will give the reader hints about what comes next in the illustrations. We also read other books by Jan Brett and were able to compare and contrast.

Cherry Blossoms also learned all about snowflakes this week! We learned that every snowflake begins as a speck of dirt or dust up in the cloud. Water droplets then surround the speck and freeze into a ball of ice. More water droplets join creating a hexagon shape, and from the hexagon shape will come 6 branches. The snowflake will collect more water droplets as it becomes to heavy for the cloud and begins the fall to the ground. The children know that if they hold their mitten out while it is snowing, that they can catch a snowflake and observe it before it melts!

Preschool Corner

This preschooler is working with the Moveable Alphabet. She is using her knowledge of letters and letter sounds to write the sounds she hears when she stretches the word out.
This preschooler is Making Tens with our Colored Bead Bars. This is a beginning addition work and she works to find what two bead bars equal 10 when added together.
The 100 Board is always a classroom favorite! This child mixed up all of the tiles from 1-40 at the bottom of the board and then worked to put the numbers in order. He chose to make this work more challenging for his brain on his own!

Kindergarten Corner

This Kindergartener read a total of 45 sentences including vowel teams and phonograms and matched them to the appropriate pictures. Talk about a challenging work!
This Kindergartener has learned some individual cursive letters and is ready to put those letters together to write cursive words. He’s doing great!

Enrichment Corner

An exciting day in Music Class – we started the story of Peter and the Wolf where we will learn all about the sounds different instruments make!
An exciting day in Science Class as well – one of our favorite experiments about absorption!

Fun with Friends!

Half of the fun as a teacher is observing what ideas the children will come up with on their own when given the space and the time to do so. This was not a lesson from the teacher, but an organized game that the children designed and implemented on their own through communication!

Peek into Next Week:

Focus Lesson: Adaptation, Migration, Hibernation

Important Dates:

January 25 – Grandparent’s Day – Register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48A8A92DA6F94-45787247-cherry#/

February 2 – 100th Day of School – more info coming home soon!


A Peek At Our Week – 01/08/24 – 01/12/24 – Solids, Liquids, and Gases!

Welcome back Aspen families!! We hope that your winter break was full of fun, relaxation, and tons of family time! This week we got back into our classroom routine with lots of challenging work, winter fun, socialization with our friends, and became scientists! This week we finally received some snowy weather and the Aspen class was extremely excited! Future group lessons will involve learning about snow and why it snows! But, in order to discuss snow, we had to learn all about Matter first! Aspen learned that Matter is all around us. Matter has mass, volume, and takes up space. There are three states of matter; solids, liquids, and gases. The Aspen student learned that Solids- have a definite shape because the Molecules or atoms are packed tightly together. Solids also have a definite size. Solids will also keep their shape unless they are changed by an outside force. We learned that liquids contain Molecules or atoms that are spaced apart free to move over each other. As a result, liquids do not have a definite shape and take the shape of the container they occupy. Therefore, liquids can be poured, spilled, and move freely. Aspen then experimented with liquids by pouring water into different containers. Ask your child what they learned about liquids this week! We then took a look at gases and learned that the molecules (atoms) in a gas have no shape, size, or color! They can be held in a container or can escape into the air. Atoms in a gas are constantly moving around all over the place. Aspen had so much fun exploring Matter this week! We engaged in fun experiments, played games where we turned ourselves into the three states of matter, danced and sang to songs about matter, and colored books all about Matter! What a great start to the New Year!!!

Next week we will be learning all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Rosa Parks, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott! There will be NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2024 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day! See you on Tuesday!!!

Experimenting with a liquid! Pouring water into different containers!

Challenge accomplished!!! Mastering the Bow Tying Frame!!!

Working together on Sensorial Extensions with the Knobbed Cylinder Blocks!!!

Gluing “molecules” with our solid, Liquid, gas Cultural activity!