1st graders have been learning gymnastics in PE class. They are practicing various moves and each student is using a combination of those moves to create their own routine.
Jr. kindergarten celebrated Nowruz (Iranian New Year) with Mrs. Razi this week. Iranians grow sabzeh (lentils) to symbolize birth and growth, and on the 13th day they return the sabzeh to nature through running water. And then they have a picnic!
If you've seen our Big School gardens recently, you probably noticed how green they are looking! Kindergarten and 1st grade science classes began growing seeds back in February and this week they planted them into the garden beds.
Happy BFG Day! 2nd grade just finished reading their "Big Friendly Giant" novel and spent an afternoon celebrating. They watched the cartoon movie, made dream jars, and tried some frobscottle, snozzcumbers, and toast!
Spring After School Activities have kicked off, and students are loving all the options! From chess to virtual reality to books to dance to Iranian culture, there is something for everyone after school!
Thank you to our student council for organizing our annual student talent show! We had a wonderful mixture of musical performances, comedy, acts, magic tricks, and more. We're proud of all the brave students who went on stage and performed for their peers!
Today we wrapped up a week-long celebration of the young child! The week is promoted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in celebration of early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. Our celebration was focused on our youngest learners—infants through kindergarten.
Each day featured a special activity. We had "Mix it up Monday" (wacky dress and trail mix making), "Try it out Tuesday" (Zumba), "Work Together Wednesday" (cleaning up campus), "Tip Tap Tapping Thursday (Little Kids Gala), and "Family Fun Friday" (pancake breakfast).
Our Extended Hours Program hosted an Italian-themed dinner for EHP students and their families. Our auxiliary staff and counselors attended, and everyone had a great time!
Most parents understand the importance of reading to their children, but many parents might not realize the extent of the power that reading aloud brings to their child’s cognitive and literary development. Mrs. Hjalmervik, Learning Specialist, wrote about reasons to read aloud and how to read aloud even with a busy schedule.
Kindergarten is wrapping up March Madness... book style! Through persuasive "essays," persuasive argument speeches, and voting on story elements, the class has been narrowing 16 series books down to the final four!
How many items did the bird eat? To find the answer, preschoolers rolled a giant rubber dice and whatever number it landed on was the number of items the bird ate. Each student was assigned an item—fishes, worms, berries, etc.—and took turns rolling a number. Each student then collected that number of items from a special tray. After verifying they had the right amount, they added that number to a chart to graph the results. At the end of the activity, the class reviewed the chart to see which item the bird ate the most.
Stations around the classroom help students learn in a variety of ways. As 1st grade begins their money unit in math, students spread out to explore coins. They rotated through buying things at a "store," sorting coins, a coin identifying worksheet, and coin BINGO.
The latest engineering challenge: robo-wheels! 1st grade has been experimenting with various size materials to see which can store the most energy and perform the best in races and bowling! #PotentialEnergy #KineticEnergy
Using mats that incorporated sight words and math problems, both kindergarten classes worked on coding their bots to reach an end point. #InterdisciplinaryLearning #Robotics #Math #LanguageArts
Innovation Evening was a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to spend time together while creating, designing, and engineering. Plus, parents got a peek into what innovation looks like around school. Catapults were launching, parachutes were floating, towers were growing, and robots were roaming!
Love was in the air at the preschool Love Shack Cafe this week. Parents transformed the Little School cafeteria into a bustling restaurant, complete with menus and fabulous decorations—the room was bursting with color! After their lunch, which was served by parents, preschool students used play money to pay for their meal at the cash register.
1st and 2nd grades were looking for inspiration in famous artists—painting the world like Clementine Hunter and constructing pieces to decorate like Tyree Guyton and his Heidelberg Project. We all need a little inspiration sometimes!
On the students' days off this week, our auxiliary program offered optional child care. Preschool through kindergarten spent a fun day of activities, games and craft projects on campus while 1st - 8th grades ventured out to the new St. James Athletic Center and Disney on Ice!
Congratulations to not one but TWO of our expert teachers for being published in The Virginia Association of Independent School's Winter Magazine! Maura Rice, Jr. Kindergarten, and Evie Hinrichs, Grade 2, both wrote articles about active learning in their classrooms.
On Music Share Days in kindergarten, students are invited to share something musical with the class…a song, play an instrument, a dance, written music, and more. We want them to find & share the ways they personally love & connect to the arts!
Small group activities are a great structure for learning, especially for the younger grades. In jr. kindergarten, students rotated through 4 learning centers, working on number and literacy skills. This small group work allows for individual teacher and student interaction. The teacher can then offer extra support to students who need it, and advanced challenges for students that are ready for more.
Preschool students in Mrs. Welty and Mrs. Collins' class enjoyed a physics lesson this week. They created a pyramid of plastic cups and used a home-made catapult to lob different materials toward the cups to see which materials traveled the farthest. They used cotton balls, Styrofoam balls, and golf balls and examined how far each traveled based on its density and weight.
1st grade took a trip to the Children's Science Center Lab and rotated through 4 different stations exploring STEM activities. We love using the resources not only on our campus, but in our community as well!
If you were in the Big School on Thursday morning, you would have seen 2nd graders on all 3 floors in search of arrays—arrangements of objects, pictures, or numbers in columns and rows. They discovered all kinds of examples and then came together to share their findings!
Happy Lunar New Year! Coach Kim held a special celebration where she explained the Lunar New Year, showed her kindergarten - 2nd grade students traditional Korean dress, and even taught them the traditional Korean New Year greeting.
This week during flex period, kindergarten - 2nd grade came together to learn about Ashley Bryan and his career as an author and illustrator, read his book "Beautiful Blackbird," and became authors and illustrators for themselves!
During morning meeting in jr. kindergarten, students become the teachers. Taking turns, the students go to the front of the class and ask their classmates questions to get their day started. What day is it? What month is it? It's a leadership role that all the students love.