This week the first grade class visited the Bend Science Station. The kids had a blast and were able to add to their knowledge about electricity. The kids experienced the Van der Graaf Generator which creates static electricity. We discussed why and how certain objects with the same charge repel away from each other (including their own hair, paper, foam and mylar). I think the class will always remember Mrs. Leo’s rocker hair! We also created a human electron chain where each person passed along their electrons from the generator through a small shock when their hands met. The kids LOVED this as you can see on their faces below!
In class we have been working for the last few days on learning all about the workings of an electrical circuit. Today we finished our paper circuits which included, copper tape, a battery and a paper mounted LED light the students were charged with getting to light up! The class worked hard to make sure they had all the elements of a circuit and tried and tried again till they got their circuit to work. This kind of hands on learning makes the subject matter come alive and keeps the students very engaged. We will continue our learning about electricity this week and this learning will help propel the students to want to gain further knowledge and come up with theories to test and try in class about the power of electricity!
After finishing a large space mural, which will eventually be placed in our commons, the 1st Graders enjoyed creating circus themed line drawings, then finishing them off beautifully with watercolor paint. Moving on to Still Life paintings, these young artists will learn about famous artists such as Paul Cezanne, We will talk about observing the objects before them to create more realistic drawings which they will then paint.
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.