Wednesday, December 14, 2011

News From the Forest

This weeks Ranger is Triston. Triston is 10-years-old. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His family includes my mom, my dad, and my sister. For pets he has seven fish! The things he likes to do when he is at home are watch television and play on the computer. If he was stranded on island and could have only one thing with him he would have my house. His favorite food is chocolate cake with chocolate icing. The food he dislikes the most are brussel sprouts. His hobbies is fencing. When he goes on vacation he most likes to go to New Orleans. His dream vacation would be to go to Paris. When he grows up, right now, he wants to be a veterinarian.
This week's Ranger is Triston.


Notes from the teachers: 

Just a few more days until Winter Break. We wish everyone a safe and happy break. Here are some ideas to keep learning exciting over break. Feel free to add your ideas in the comment section. 
  • Set aside special times throughout the week where everyone in the family drops everything and reads together. It is so powerful for your child to see the adults in his or her life taking the time to enjoy reading. 
  • Continue to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. The students have been taught several math games which allow them to practice and build automaticity of their basic math facts. The goal is for all 3rd year students to memorize multiplication facts from 0 to 5 and then 10s and 11s. All 4th year students should memorize multiplication facts from 0 to 12. 
  • Writing letters, cards or thank you notes is an authentic way to practice handwriting and sentence formation. 
  • Assisting in the kitchen with cooking and measuring ingredients is a great hands-on math experience for kids.
Just a few things to note: 
  • Noon dismissal on Friday
  • 4th years will be ready to take their gingerbread houses home tomorrow (Thursday, December 15th)
  • Remember school pictures have arrived and can be picked up in the front hall of the Lower School. Directions for paying for school pictures are available in the front hall. 
  • School resumes on Tuesday, January 3rd 

Holiday Happenings

We have been enjoying this holiday season!  Here are some pictures from this week.
The Lower School enjoying fruit and nuts during our Kwanzaa Celebration today. 

The Lower School enjoying fruit and nuts during our Kwanzaa Celebration today. 


Children performing a dance our Kwanzaa Celebration.



Triston and Chloe performing a song on the drums for our Kwanzaa Celebration. 


Playing with dreidels after a wonderful presentation about Hanukkah from two of our parents. 


Forest Class' awesome holiday decor. 


Lower School continues the tradition of our morning Holiday Sing each day this week at 8:20am.

Tuesday's mornings gathering of folks to sing holiday tunes. What a crowd!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This week's Ranger is Carter.  He is 8 years old.  He was born in Plano, Texas.  His family includes his mom, his dad and his little sister Callie.  For pets he has a cat named Maggie.  The things he likes to do  when he is at home are play on his I-Touch and play outside.  If he was stranded on an island and could have only one thing with him he would want to have his sister.  His favorite food is breaded cod.  The food he dislikes the most is Mac and cheese.  His hobbies are reading comics and funny books and making things out of wood.  When he goes on vacation he most likes to go to the Great Smoky Mountains.  His dream vacation would be to go to Hawaii.  He is really good at playing "Minecraft".  When he grows up, right now, he wants to be a Cub Scout Master and work for U.P.S..

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our Felt Making Results

The kids did a marvelous job on their felt pictures. Tuesday we use a wet-felting technique and today we did needle felting. Enjoy!


With the extra wool left over a group of boys decided to make mustaches. They made Michael feel right at home!

More crazy wool mustaches!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

News From the Forest

Chloe is this week's Ranger!
This week's Ranger is Chloe. She was born in North Carolina. Her family includes my mom and my dad. Chloe has one dog, two hermit crabs, and two fish. The things she most likes to do when she is at home is play on the computer. If she were stranded on a desert island and could have one thing with her she would choose to have her house. Her favorite food is hamburgers. Her least favorite food is most fish. Her hobbies are playing soccer and playing the drums. When she goes on vacation with her family she most likes to go to Costa Rica. When she grows up she would like to be a doll designer at her own toy company. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

 Yesterday we rolled out the Sioux Tipi cover and took measurements.
 Today Jenni taught felting, an ancient craft that continues today to be an essential skill for the nomadic Mongolians.
 Time to set up the Tipi!

 Some examples of the wet felting technique our students learned today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we had a Shared Snack in Lower School to celebrate Thanksgiving. Each class is responsible for preparing a snack to share with the school. Forest Class has been hard at work this morning preparing apple cider! Enjoy these wonderful pics!

The Forest Class teachers are so grateful to work with such wonderful children each day. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our families and friends!














Monday, November 21, 2011

Designing Shelters

Students worked in partners to construct a shelter for their little people from our classroom entrance display. Each pair of students was given a set amount of supplies to build their structure. After constructing their shelter each structure underwent the ultimate test. A major windstorm (leaf blower) and a torrential downpour (an awesome squirt bottle).  Many students discovered the power of the triangle when striving to build a sturdy structure. Here are a few photos from today's shelter tests!





Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homes of Nomadic People

Michael dressed in traditional Mongolian clothing and
playing the a traditional Mongolian instrument, a morin khuur.
Following our theme this year, "Homes, Spaces, and Imaginary  Places," we began a new unit where we will be studying the homes of Nomadic people. This study will involve examining some of the 30 to 40 million nomads in the world. Nomads are people with no permanent home who move for a variety of reasons, several times a year.

In our study the students will learn about the people and particularly the structures they live in.

Today we talked about the people of Mongolia and Michael shared artifacts from his trip to Mongolia.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ranger of the Week
This week's Ranger is Sawyer.  He is 8 years old.  He was born in Chapel Hill NC. His family includes his mom, his dad and his sister. For pets he has a goldfish named Ferris, a cat named Truman and another cat named Mazy.  The things he likes to do best when he is at home are bouncing on the trampoline and playing in his room.  If he were stranded on an an island and could only have one thing with him he would have his fish, Ferris.  His favorite food is bratwurst.  The food his dislikes the most is cheese.  His hobbies are making things out of Legos and making cool potions.  When he goes on vacation he most likes to go to San Antonio, Texas.  His dream vacation would be to go to Mongolia. He is really good at building things.  When he grows up, right now, he wants to be a video game creator.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tundra Connection

We had a videoconference with scientists studying polar bears in the Arctic today. Students watched a presentation by the scientists and were then able to ask questions. A special thanks to John a Forest Class dad and one of the scientists on this expedition for inviting our class to be a part of this.

If you want to take a closer look at Buggy One, the place where these scientists are staying check out the following link. This site also includes a live polar bear cam, which I warn you, is addictive!

 http://www.polarbearcam.com/






This was clever...the kids decided to sit in the order of the rainbow - ROYGBIV!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

News From the Forest

This week's Ranger is Siena. She was born in North Carolina.  Her family includes my mom, my dad, and my brother. Siena has three pets, all of them are dogs. Their names are Coco, Oobie, and Toby. The things she likes to do most at home are play with her puppy Coco.  If she were stranded on a desert island and could have one thing it would be avocado with salt.  Her favorite foods are avocado.   Her least favorite food is fried chicken. Her hobbies are playing the music and exploring the outdoors. When I go on vacation I most like to go to the mountains. Her dream vacation would be to go to Italy.  When she grows up, she would like to be a vet.

Notes from the Teachers: 
  • Don't forget the book fair is this weekend at The Regulator on Ninth Street in Durham. Various children will be reading from their favorite books and poems on Saturday from 11:00am to noon. We hope you can join us!
  • Next Tuesday at 11:00am our class will be videoconferencing with scientists in the Arctic. We can't wait!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More Crayfish Projects

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Today the students presented their crayfish projects to the class. Here are few more photos and a dance video. All of the published student websites are now available for you to view. Check out the links at the right hand side of our blog. 

Mario's book about crayfish, called The Cray Book.

Jack and Leo's model of a crayfish. 

Carter and Sawyer's crayfish model and book.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Cool Crayfish (an iMovie by Jada, Siena and Yana)


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The Real Crayfish Movie (an iMovie by Ryan and Mateo)

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Crayfish 101 (an iMovie by Chloe and Triston)

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How to Take Care of Crayfish (an iMovie by Lena)

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The students are putting the final touches are there crayfish projects and now is the fun part...we get to share them with you. Today I will be posting the iMovies that were made. Look for all of the crayfish websites and photos of the other crayfish projects to be posted on our blog next week.
Enjoy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ranger of the Week
This week's Ranger is Jack. He is 8 years old.  He was born in Atlanta Georgia.  His family includes his mom Amy, his dad Eli and his little sister Amelia. For pets he has two cats, one dog and two hermit crabs.  The things he likes to do best when he is at home is play outside and jump on his trampoline. If he was stranded on an island and could have only one thing with him, (other than his parents) he would have his hermit crabs. His favorite food is Slim Jims.  The food he dislikes the most is boiled eggs.  His hobbies are building things and playing on the computer.  When he goes on vacation he most likes to go to Topsail Island.  His dream vacation would be to go to Disney World. He's really good at stealing his dad's passwords to his computers.  When he grows up, right now at least, he wants to be an engineer.
I know it is a few days late, but I thought you would still enjoy seeing all the fun we had during our Halloween celebration last Friday. A special thanks to all of the parents who volunteered and sent in food that day. Also, a special thanks to Tammie and Amy for sharing their photos with us.


Halloween In the Forest 2011