It has been quite the busy month for us. Here is a quick look.
Field Museum Trip
It was an amazing trip! The children were so excited to see Sue- the 42 feet long, 12 feet high at the hip Tyrannosaur Rex. After we visited with Sue, we went up the second floor to explore the Evolving Planet exhibit. Once there, the children journeyed back in time to see how life evolved and shaped our planet. They were fascinated by the organisms, large and small, that once roamed our Earth. During this journey, the children had to find and record the six mass extinction periods that the Earth experienced since the dawn of life. The children were shocked to discover that we are currently experiencing a mass extinction period, with one species going extinct every 15 minutes! Many of the children mentioned that they want to visit the museum with their families. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Hetal Patel (Ishaan’s dad) and Mark Feigl (Logan’s dad) for taking time away from their busy schedules to be our chaperones.
The children outdid themselves at our Annual Walk-a-Thon. Many of them walked over 3.5 miles! Raising enough funds to purchase four mini I-pad cases with keyboards, science materials, and Montessori materials for our classroom. Our parent volunteers did an awesome job motivating the children by walking alongside them and providing encouraging words. A very special thank you to all our families who helped at our annual walk-a-ton, especially Samuel Melton, Celeste Pinnello, and Hetal Patel and to all our sponsors. To date, our classroom’s total is over $1100! If you would like to contribute please stop by our class.
This month the children worked with measurements. First, they were introduced to non-standard measuring units. They quickly realized that while they were able to measure their height with a paperclip, an eraser, or even a ten rod, they were not getting an accurate measurement. They were then introduced to standard measuring units, which they realized allowed them to make quantifiable measurements. The children worked with rulers (metric) to measure their appendages and graduated cylinders (milliliters) to measure liquids.
The children did a wonderful job presenting their first research reports. We all learned so much about the different biomes of North America. The first years spoke confidently about their chosen dinosaurs. All of the children did a fantastic job with their visual aids. They were so creative! One child recreated the hot desert sand of Death Valley, another brought in tall marsh grass. I encourage you to visit our end of the corridor and look at their visual aids. Their next research theme is The United States. They will be presenting their findings on Friday, November 3rd.
Parent- Teacher Conference week is scheduled for the week of November 6th. I look forward to meeting with you and sharing your child’s progress. Please check your email for dates and times.
We would like to thank Marcia Cromer (Hayden Cromer’s grandmother) for visiting our classroom and reading a delightful story to our children. A special thank you to Stacy Hillenburg and Laurel Wall for volunteering to be our Reading Moms this year. Thank you, ladies!
We would also like to express our gratitude to the Wisniewski family for donating our beautiful kitchen cabinets and counter. This addition to our classroom will benefit our current students and future ones.
Until next time,
Ms. Kathie, Ms. Ramull,
and the Lower Elementary Children