Explorations of Elementary 2016 – November Newsletter
November has really flown by! We started the month with introducing the BC/BCE and AD/CE timeline to begin the study of the Fundamental Needs of Humans. First and second level students looked at the similarities and differences of Early Man and Modern Man. Third year students studied religion and food over the course of history. We will continue these studies into the month of December to cover all large ancient and modern civilizations, as well as, communication, weapons, shelter, and social acceptance of these groups.
In Geography this month we focused on South America. We learned the names and regions for each modern and native language spoken on the continent. Students were interested to learn that they speak Dutch in parts of South America! We looked at the flags of South America and the capitals of many of the countries. In December, students will practice this knowledge with friends using a fun card game.
Second level students were excited to test the hardness of rocks with different materials, like a penny and a nail. After testing the rocks, we compared our results with the three types of rocks – metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary. Students were excited to share what they learned about the formation of each type of rock from the testing.
Kernel is starting to get very large! We cannot wait until he sheds so we can measure his growth. He is now eating three mice a week instead of two! Vinny is happy to join us at our work now. We have to be sure to work quietly when he is around so he does not get frightened.
Many students were excited this month to “vote” for President. We talked about the “hats” the President wears. Students gave their opinions on which jobs they think would be easiest as President, and which would be hardest. After discussing the role of the President, we talked about the voting process and how to cast a vote. Each child received a voter registration card, cast their paper ballot, and decorated their “I Voted Today” sticker.
The most exciting part of this month had to be cooking together! We chopped vegetables and measured ingredients for our soup. The students enjoyed mixing ingredients and using the oven to prepare bread and pumpkin pie. We prepared skits using words the Pilgrims used and performed them for our families. Each student also collected sticks to make into a Thankful Tree. It was wonderful hearing all of the people and things our students are thankful for! We would like to thank all of the families that came to see our short skits and eat at the Harvest Party with us. The students were very proud of all of their hard work and appreciated your attendance.
We are excited to see what December brings!