jan-2020blog

January 2020

This month we continue our journey around the world.

First stop the Arctic then on to the Antarctica. Are they both continents? On our science shelves we will be learning all about penguins and polar bears. It is getting so cold outside. Do animals hibernate, migrate or adapt? What do we do?

In the kitchen, hot chocolate and snowman snacks are on the menu.

Dec-2019-blog

December 2019

This month we will begin our travels around the world. Starting in South America we will learn all about the animals, biomes and the smells. Can you identify the twelve “smells” in our test tubes.

We will also learn about Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah.

Join us for our giving project.

This year we will be working with two non profits in our area PACK (people animal care kindness) and Seattle Homeless. Donations of sleeping bags, dog and cat food of any kind, warm mittens, hats, socks and sleeping mats too can be dropped off at the school.

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November 2019

What does it mean to be thankful?

What are you thankful for?
Our areas of study will be turkeys, being thankful, leaves and all kinds of weather.
In the kitchen….we are making pumpkin pie.
october-blog

October 2019

Welcome Mr. Bones!

This month we will learn about our skeletal system, pumpkins and what to do in a fire emergency.

We will visit a pumpkin patch too.

Gig Harbor Fire and Rescue will be at school for a fire drill and to learn what to do in a fire emergency.

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September 2019

As the school year begins we will make new friends, practice walking in the classroom, learn all about our inside voice and have lots of fun!

This month we will learn all about apples, the seasons, land and water masses.

What does it mean to be “living?” What is non-living?” That work is on our science shelf. We will continue to harvest tomatoes, zucchini and strawberries from our garden. This month we will make applesauce.

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April 2019

This month we will leave Asia and travel to the continent of Africa.

Our study of insects will begin. Ladybug and butterfly work is on the science shelf. We will observe the magic of metamorphosis in our butterfly house.

What is a primary color? Rainbows and color mixing will help us find out.

We will assemble our brand new garden beds, fill them with soil and begin the planting process. Does that little seed really have a plant in it?

November 2018

Welcome November.

This month we will begin our journey around the world in South America. What does a rain forest smell like? Using our sense of smell we will discover 12 “smells” from the rain forest in test tubes. Close your eyes can you identify them? What are our senses? We have 5.

On our science shelf we will learn all about turkeys. What is my plate? Half your plate should be certain food groups. Do you know what they are? As we enter the holiday season we will begin learning about what it means to be thankful. How can we help others?

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October 2018

Mr Bones has arrived!

This month we will begin to study and learn about our skeletal system. Why do we need bones? What would we be without them? What do our bones protect? These and so many more questions will be answered. We have added pumpkin work to the science practical life and math shelves.

We will also begin our Fire Safety unit. What is an emergency? We will learn all about our 911 system and how to use it if needed. At the end of the month Gig Harbor Fire and Rescue will spend a morning with us. We will finish the unit with time to explore the fire truck with the firefighters.

This month we will also make applesauce and visit a pumpkin patch for fun and games with friends.

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May 2018

It’s May!

This month we will leave Africa and head home to the continent of North America. We will eventually focus on Washington State in June. The shark work remains on the shelves and we have added Coral Reef work. Dolphin and whales will follow shortly. Also new to the science shelves rainbows and color mixing. Seeds will also be studied this month.

In about a week we will plant seeds and send them home. Once the seeds are planted and on the way to you we will introduce our sewing projects. Our focus this week is Mother’s Day gift making. In a couple of weeks insect work will be added to the shelves. Our focus will be ladybugs and butterflies. Weather dependent the caterpillars will arrive at the end of the month. Once a chrysalis has formed they will then be carefully moved to the butterfly house. Metamorphosis is such a wonder to witness.

This is a unit the children really look forward to with anticipation. Much like the arrival of Mr. Bones.

April 2018

It’s April and we’re ready to explore Africa! 
Our study of Asia has come to an end and we are on our way to Africa. We will study the many different cultures, the Masai tribe, elephants and lions. Our study of sharks has begun. Our exploration station has a real shark jaw. How many rows of teeth did this shark have? Check out our ocean in a box. It feels so cool. We are counting to 9999 and using our brand new addition strip board.
Thank you to Chef Roby of Domo Sushi for providing the sushi to celebrate our study of Asia.
Join us for an Usborn book fair on Tuesday, April 10th.