Kindergarten is excited about Johnny Appleseed! We have used science and design thinking to test and solve problems that Johnny Appleseed may have encountered while he traveled out west. Some questions the students answered were, Which apples should he plant and why? Will his apples sink like a rock or float like wood if he drops his apples in a river? How can he carry his seeds in a tattered cloth bag safely through the wilderness, protected from hungry critters, rain? The kids are feeling like they are really helping Mr. Appleseed solve some very important problems!
With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little pumpkin fun! http://bit.ly/2wRRLv8
The Kindergarteners have been enjoying our final days of summer practicing their numbers outside. We spent the morning with a paintbrush, a can of water, and our number sense. Below you can see the kids writing numbers and having that aha moment when two numbers joined accidentally to make an even bigger number. Our number line to 10 turned into numbers in the 20’s, 30’s and beyond!
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
The first few weeks of school brought a lot of activity to the new design lab. As new teachers to Seven Peaks, we have been working hard to understand the school, its students, and collaborate with teachers in order to integrate design thinking with their current lesson plans. So far everything has gone extremely well, and the kids’ excitement and curiosity for the design lab has made the space even more rewarding. We are finally approaching 100% as we put the final touches on the design lab space. We worked long days all summer and built the lab from scratch with the help of other staff members, students, and volunteers. Recently we shut down the lab for two days to complete the installation of a dust collection system, but now that we have it in place, we can begin woodworking projects that require air filtration to keep our lab clean and safe.
One of the best aspects of the design lab is its accessibility to all grade levels. Our PK and K students came in to design sun shades to keep some of their stuffed animals cool. They were teeming with curiosity and used some of our kid friendly tools to construct their unique sun shade designs out of materials we have in the lab.
It is only the second week of school and the children are comfortable in the classroom, working together, and enjoying each other’s company. This week we launched our first science topic, weather. Kids used the first step of the Scientific Method, Observation, to discover the role the sun has on different surfaces of the earth. Kids became scientist and used their sense of touch to explore and compare different surfaces around the playground; grass, blacktop, metal bars, etc. We then used a globe to discuss and form questions about “how the sun affects land versus ocean”. We then set up an experiment to test our hypothesis! The kids are loving science!
Welcome Kindergarten families and a special welcome to our new students Olivia and Kyler W. Hope you are enjoying the last days of summer with your children. Mrs. Adams and I are excited to start building our classroom community with our most precious members, your kids! Our greatest gift for your children this year will be to keep their curiosity at the forefront of their learning. We will start this journey of curiosity on Wednesday, 9/6, at 8:00am. Please make sure to pack a lunch and snacks for your child. — Jeannie Wenger, Teacher & Andrea Adams, Associate Teacher
Bienvenidos! I am looking forward to seeing you all following a super busy and fun-filled summer. I’m excited to start off this year with you and look forward to sharing our new Spanish classroom, which I designed with each one of you in mind! We have a great year planned with a lot of new vocabulary to learn, conversations to share and cultures to experience! Hasta luego, amigos! See you next week. — Sra. Jylan Maloy
The Design Lab is welcoming all lower school students starting on day one. Your classroom teacher will join us on a lab tour and get-to-know me, Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen. We will model design thinking as we discuss ways to make sure that the design lab is a safe, comfortable and inspiring place for all students. A common question regarding design thinking is about curriculum: It is important to emphasize that design thinking is intentionally not a stand-alone curriculum. The goal is to integrate these concepts and skills into existing units of study. My role as lead design thinking teacher is to help classroom teachers find meaningful and relevant ways to incorporate design. Lower school classes will use the design lab on an as-needed basis, with the entire morning blocks reserved for lower school use.
Welcome to all our brand-new kindergartners! I am Mrs. Sara Miller and I am so thrilled to be your music teacher this year. In music, we focus on being tuneful, artful and beatful all while having tons of fun in our well-appointed music room. I teach Pre-K through 8th grade music at Seven Peaks as well as enjoy cooking, reading and walking in my spare time. I have a fun family of 7 that also keeps me hopping, with kids ages 16-14-10-8-5. I look forward to getting to know each one of your families – feel free to stop by the music room any time and introduce yourself!
Welcome Back Artists! Looking forward to a new adventure in art this year as we welcome new students and work in new spaces and create new things. We have one amazing art room now and we have worked hard to prepare it for all ages. I look forward to welcoming your young artist to the new space and am excited to start creating with them! Every year I am amazed at your students ability to problem solve, try new techniques and mediums and persevere through challenges to see their hard work pay off. See you soon! — Mrs. Santucci
We end our Opinion Writing with our “What We Want to Be When We Grow Up Parade”! I couldn’t be prouder of our kindergarten authors. They each came to school dressed in support of their dream. They wrote convincing letters to their parents about their dreams of being someone in the community! Our class was filled with pilots, doctors, a veterinarian, a chef, two astronauts, a teacher, a gymnastics coach, a professional baseball player, a farmer, a fireman, and an organic farmer. Their writings are displayed proudly on our bulletin boards because they wrote fantastic, kindergarten readable writing! This was an epic experience in Kindergarten.
Kindergarten continues to be full of life. In honor of our Mother’s Day Celebration we made paper bonnets. The students served their mom’s cookies and tea and presented to them their “My Favorite Recipe” Cook Books.
In Kindergarten, we completed our Painted Lady’s Butterfly Unit with the release of our hatched Painted Lady’s. The children have also helped bring in Spring by planting herbs in our school garden. The joys of new life have been so present, exciting and supported by our hands-on activities, class art, wonderful stories and writings. We have moved into our Opinion Writing learning to use writing in terms of persuading someone as to how to do something with logical reasoning. The children went on a field trip across the street to witness the new construction happening in our school neighborhood and have been working on individual letters to the construction crew as to what they think should be built and focusing on the many reasons why our ideas should be heard! Such joy in writing combined with real world application!
Kindergarten is awake with the winds of Spring. We have entered one of our lively times of learning! We are raising butterflies, learning about life cycles, and working on taking care of the earth. The children are doing a retelling of Eric Carle’s Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar through some art creations. Their afternoons are filled with making caterpillars, chrysalis’’s and then butterflies. We will also be working on the Life Cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We are completing our Information Writing Published pieces and moving into Opinion Writing.
With hope for the new buds of spring and the promise of flowers, Kindergarteners used flowers as the image for learning about and creating calligraphs for printmaking. There are all sorts of ways to create prints, and this one was a favorite! Coming up next, we will be working with clay. What is clay made of, where does it come from, how does it harden, how do we make the pieces hold together? These are all questions to be answered as the students dig their fingers into this medium.
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.