One of our highlights this week was learning all about plants and nature. On Tuesday, our science teacher, Ms. Brannon visited our classroom and to help us make some predictions about how plants grow in a greenhouse. We then “planted” bean sprouts in our own “greenhouses” and taped them to our classroom window to observe what will happen in the coming days.
Another highlight of our week was taking a nature walk and discovering different types of leaves. We discussed what makes leaves change color and what happens to leaves as they go through their life cycle. It was a truly a great week of fall in Pre-Kindergarten!
With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs from Quaver in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little pumpkin fun! http://bit.ly/2wRRLv8.
We LOVE our 2nd Grade Core Virtue Buddies! To get to know one another better, the Pre-K and 2nd graders got together and created a collaborative painting. On one half of the face you will see each student created a self portrait, demonstrating how they see themselves. Then on the other half of the face the child’s buddy painted them, showing how they “see their buddy”. At the end we shared something that was special about one another. It was truly a great way to learn about one another while expressing ourselves artistically at the same time!
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.
We are off to a great start of the school year in Pre-Kindergarten! Though there were many highlights of our learning last week, one of the biggest hits was a visit to our school garden! Upon arrival, we noticed that the garden was overflowing with ripe, ready to be picked carrots of all shapes, sizes and colors! After picking, we took the carrots back to our classroom, washed them and learned more about how carrots grow and how they help our bodies. We then enjoyed our carrot snack together and topped it all off by taking our leftovers down to 4th grade to feed to their pet rabbit. It was a great day of learning and curiosity! We are all very excited for our next trip to the garden when we will be able to pick tomatoes!
Welcome Pre-kindergarten Families! Miss Theresa and I have been busy getting our classroom community all ready for your arrival this Wednesday! We are very excited to get to know each one of you and create wonderful memories together as we get ready to launch what is sure to be a super fun school year!
Throughout our year together we will spend time getting to know one another, develop relationships, learn how to problem solve, make mistakes, develop empathy, take risks, and so much more. As educators, we strongly believe in creating a culture where each child is nurtured and loved for the unique person that they are. We look forward to growing your child’s natural love of learning and curiosity over this coming year! — Mrs. Brannan & Miss Theresa
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 the littlest members of our Seven Peaks community! 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 beautiful 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 Artists! My name is Mrs. Santucci and I am so looking forward to meeting you as you join our wonderful school. This year we will explore many different types of art, learn about famous artists and get messy, generally having great fun trying all sorts of different mediums including paint, pastels, watercolors, and clay. I am very excited to meet you!
As we reach the end of the year in PreK, we culminate our love of literacy by celebrating one of our beloved authors, Mo Willems! For the last couple of weeks the PreK students are learning how Willems uses movement lines, direction, talking bubbles, thinking bubbles and LOUD WORDS to make us, as his readers, connect and engage with his stories. We have had shared a lot of laughs and giggles while enjoy Mo’s Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie stories.
With summer fever in the air, we have needed to take some of our learning outside as well. One of the kids’ favorite team-building activities has been using our bodies to make letters out on the playground. We also had a blast using sidewalk chalk to review math and literacy concepts we have learned throughout our year together.
As I reflect on our year together in PreK, I am so proud of each and every one of our little ones and how much they have grown this year. Each of our kiddos came with a story and we have so enjoyed getting to know their stories and writing the next chapter alongside them.
As we near the end of the year in Pre-K we having been taking every opportunity to take our learning outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine! Today, we began our day with a morning walk and practiced our writing using sidewalk chalk. Last week, we had a chance to take the peas we have been growing down to our garden and plant them in our greenhouse. The kids like to visit our sprouts often to watch how they are growing! Another highlight from the past week is that we celebrated our grandparents by inviting them to come to school and tour through our incredible school-wide Art Show. After touring, we wanted our special guests to see our Pre-K artists in action. We invited our grandparents to come back to our classroom, enjoy some refreshments and draw self portraits together. It was truly a wonderful day filled with lots of love and memories!
In Prekindergarten this week, we celebrated our MOMS! We spent our week talking about why are moms are important, what they do for us and what we love most about them. On Friday, we culminated our learning by inviting our mother’s in for a very special performance and to enjoy some tea, lemonade and cookies! It was truly a wonderful celebration and filled with lots of LOVE!
The Prekindergarteners are officially Earth Experts! Last week we had a super fun time learning all about our planet and how to take care of it. Some of the highlights were making posters to put up around our school to teach others about recycling and composting, going on a scavenger hunt outside to create Nature Faces, visiting our 3rd grade buddies recycled robot projects to learn how their robot inventions would help solve the problems we have in our environment and hiking the River Trail to learn about how to take care of the special lakes and rivers in our backyard. The highlight of the week however, was a surprise visit from our special friend Smokey the Bear!