Last week, students had the opportunity to visit Bend Science Station and learn about magnetism-electromagnetism. They each constructed an electric motor involving a wood block, battery, copper wire, magnet and coiled copper wire. Through the hands-on building, students discovered that the coiled copper wire becomes magnetic due to the electricity in the battery. The magnetic forces between the magnet (permanent magnet) and copper coil (electromagnet) are attracted and when close enough together, cause the copper coil to spin. The lab was filled with excitement and curiosity as students worked in pairs to create their motor. This visit was the perfect introduction into magnetism, which we will study at the end of this month.
With the beginning of the last term of school, 2nd Graders have been learning about printmaking using the relief printing method. After creating an image, the students embedded that image into the foam material provided, and then rolled ink over it using a brayer. This is a messy, exciting process as they figure out how much paint to use, and create many different prints to get that perfect one. From printmaking, these artist will move into their ceramics unit. At this level, students already have a basic understanding of how clay is handled so they can begin to make more complicated creatures. This favorite medium can be both frustrating and so very satisfying as the students watch their creations come to life.
Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.
I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.