Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

Sharing our favorite parts of Winter Break!
Welcome back, everyone! We had a wonderful first week back, complete with a snow day (woohoo!), and ski teams starting up for about half the class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Most of the students remembered our expectations and rules in the classroom, which made the transition back to school more productive and fun. The theme for this week was COOPERATION--a fancy way to say "working together". This theme was sprinkled throughout our week, as we learned new math games, new routines for our daily schedule, and experienced cooperation through play during indoor recess on Wednesday (the kids took it like champs!).

We also practiced cooperation in learning how to play "Bump" in math, how to clean up our classroom between transitions from art/activities to learning time on the rug, and the kids gave feedback on how they did with cleanup from a range of 1-5, 1 being "it looks like a guinea pig's cage", and 5 being "it looks like a clean kindergarten classroom." They love that analogy--feel free to use it at home!

Finally, for those who were not skiing on Thursday afternoon, we hiked up through a bit of Shirley Canyon, which proved to be more difficult than normal. The rains on Wednesday had created a layer of ice over the snow, which some of the students could traverse without breaking through to the powdery snow underneath, but it definitely proved to be a challenge for the adults. They learned a bit about the differences in how weight affects snow hiking, and practiced cooperation by building tunnels in the snow. Though some of us got stuck and it took their teacher much longer than them to get through the snow, we all had a fun time! Have a great weekend, and I'm looking forward to next week!

Cooperation through building a race track

Playing "Bump" in math

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