This week we began discussing a variety of simple machines: screw, pulley, wedge, and wheel and axle. The students had the opportunity to explore various types of screws and try to match screw drivers to the screws, use a pulley to lift a small weight, use knives (wedge) to cut play-dough, and explore a skate. Mrs Bassett (morning teacher) came in and demonstrated how to use a complex machine (blender) to make banana smoothies. They were a hit!
In small groups this week we made play-dough, practiced our throwing and catching skills with balls and beanbags, and matched lids to different types of containers. Cooking with your child is a great opportunity to practice math and reading skills and practice following directions. Start with something simple, such as a trail mix, and then slowly make the recipes more complex with more steps!
Our social emotional curriculum talked about how to manage waiting. Sometimes it is hard for children to wait for their turn or for someones attention. One strategy we talked about was counting silently while you’re waiting.
We have enough volunteers for our Spring Party on the 14th, thank you!! Just a reminder that we will be passing out Valentine’s Day cards during this time and your child is welcome to bring one for each child (18 students), keeping in mind that we DO NOT allow candy/food items and prefer that no names are written on them. Your child is welcome to write their name so we know who they are from.
February 14 — Spring Party
February 18 — No School (Plan Day)
February 26 — No School (PLC)