Sunday, September 16, 2018

Meet 1/2 Multiage!




It is hard to believe we are into our first few weeks! We have spent our first few weeks getting to know each other and create a comfortable, engaging learning environment. Taking the time to create our routines and expectations together is critical in setting a foundation for a productive year of growth. Encouraging children to take an active role in this process creates leadership, independence and "buy in." We read many stories about respect and kindness. One being What if Everybody Did That, which reminded us that our actions can affect others in positive or negative ways. We worked together to create expectations for our classroom and break down "rules" so we understand what behavior is expected. For example, one friend said we should listen to each other. We decided that that would be part of the respectful category. This week we will learn this classroom promise, which sums up our values and expectations. 

When we care about each other and our classroom we share what we have, listen carefully, help each other learn, work hardand have fun together. We understand that everyone makes mistakes, that we stand upfor ourselves and each other, and when someone asks us to stop we stop. This is who we are even when no one is watching. 

Looking forward to another great week together! 

We also discussed the 3 B's....well actually they became the 5 B's 
Ask us what it means to be safe, respectful, responsible, peaceful & creative! 
Be Safe  (Safe bodies, Kind words, Good choices) 
Be Respectful  (Eye contact, Listen, Follow directions)
Be Responsible  (Be honest. Take care of ourselves. Take care of each other. Take care of materials. Do quality work.)
Be Creative- Use your imagination & try new things. 
Be Peaceful- Include others-Treat others the way you want to be treated.


Meet your future graduates! 



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Welcome!

Hello Multiage Families! I hope you're enjoying the last bits of summer! I can't believe it is back to school time. I am looking forward to seeing some of my former friends and meeting our new friends as well! 

Here is a sneak peek at some of the themes we will be exploring this year. These themes woven into our daily curriculum. 

Looking forward to a great year in multiage!

Pets
Bats
China
Rocks-Minerals-Dinosaurs
Fairytales/Folktales
Author Studies
Project Based Units: Forces and motion & classroom design
Oceanography/Life Cycles
Self-guided research/Passion Based Project


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Last Day Goodbye!

Happy last day! It is hard to believe that a whole school year has come and gone. It has been so much fun to be a part of these kiddos lives and watch them learn and grow. We have had an awesome year together. Although I think we are all ready for a break, it is sad to say goodbye for now... Thank you all for your support throughout the year. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let's Learn About Weather!




We are famous! We had the pleasure of Face Timing with WMUR Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa to kick off our unit on weather! Check out this clip to see a shoutout to EKES. Mr. Skarupa, thank you so much for taking the time to chat and answer our questions. You were awesome and we especially loved the jokes! Weather Clip


There is a lot to discover about weather! During our project based unit we will be learning about different types of clouds (we learned during our chat that there are 50 different types-wow!) and how they help predict the type of weather to come. We will also touch on the  Water Cycle and States of Matter! We have been especially intrigued by wild weather during our informational book clubs and will be creating projects to share inform our EK community about the safety aspects of blizzards, hurricanes and extreme types of weather that we sometimes encounter in our area!

Next week we will begin to incorporate some writing & art by focusing on different poetic styles based around weather. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Learning about Sound!

What better way to kick off our unit on sound than through the school wide West African drumming experience we had! We had the opportunity to hear the sounds of world famous drummers, Carla Pomprowicz and Bolokada Conde. We could NOT stop talking about it-- so awesome! After the drumming we jumped right into our investigations! Through collaborative experiences we have engaged in hands-on observations to help us develop conclusions based on evidence from our findings! We have engaged in accountable talk to help us share our discoveries with each other and build our knowledge base in this area. Ask us about some of these new vocabulary words and how they relate to sound: High pitch, low pitch, soft, loud, vibration, waves echo. 


We are excited to apply this knowledge into creating our own instruments out of recycled materials. If you have any items you think could be helpful, please send them in! 
-Cans
-Glass/Plastic Bottles
-Rubber bands
-Beads/beans, seeds
-Paper towel rolls
-Tissue boxes.... anything your imagination can dream of! 

Looking forward to sharing more of our learning with you! 







Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sneak Peek...

Hello! Hope everyone enjoyed vacation. We had quite the variety of weather in a short time! Here is a quick peek at some of the next few weeks!


Literacy


Reading: Comparing fiction vs. non-fiction. Learning about features of both types of texts. Weather book clubs that focus on different types of weather, book talk and features of text to help us when we write our own pieces.


Writing: Informational Writing: Writing about what we know about! Independent research and exploration to create informational texts.



Math

Along with ongoing practice of previously taught strands and individualized learning we will expand on the Measurement and Data next. This is just an outline. Students will be introduced to concepts as they demonstrate proficiency and are ready.
Before break we worked on Time & Money within measurement.

Measurement & Data 

Data
-Creating and understanding different types of graphs (picture, line plot, bar graph) : Organize, collect & interpret data points.
-Solve put together, take apart, and compare problems using data.
Measurement
-Exploring different types of standard and non-standard measurement.
-Ordering & comparing lengths.
-Selecting appropriate tools to measure, estimating & measure lengths using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.

Numbers & Operations in Base 10

-Developing a deeper understanding of place value: ones, tens, hundreds, thousands.
-Understanding different strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems: Expanded form, open number lines, base 10, decomposing numbers. 
-Mental Math strategies for adding numbers quickly and flexibly. 100 more, 100 less, Ten more, less, one more, less

Science: 

Project Based Unit on Light & Sound
Conducting investigations through inquiry & questioning. 

Genius Hour Project




We have been eagerly working on our "passion projects" over the past few months. We each have our own individual or collaborative project we are focused on: Some of us are interested in helping others through a variety of different charities, spreading awareness on a variety of topics or finding ways to spread kindness. Ask us what we are working on! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Family Math Games

Want to have some fun family time and see some of the math games we have been learning this year? They are excellent practice for developing a deeper number sense and understanding of how numbers work. There are many game options to fit a wide range of learners! Sign up here if you would like a turn! Families are welcome to sign up more than once. I will add to our collection as we go!