Several times during our day we take "brain breaks." This may mean rolling our exercise dice, running on our indoor track (in the classroom), be-bopping to iTunes, and dancing with Go Noodle (pictured below).
Today's lesson: Reading partners don't just sit there and listen to their partners read. They have an important job to do! They look carefully at the page and follow along with each watch, watching out for mistakes so they can say, "Wait! Let's go back and fix that up!"
Mrs. Gallagher came today! Our lesson was all about problem-solving the new Buddy Bench on the playground. Ask your child to tell you about these videos:
1. Kids playing tag near the Buddy Bench while someone is waiting for a friend on the bench.
2. A child on the bench who says "no" over and over when people come to invite them to play.
3. Sitting on the bench and chatting with friends.
4. Two people sitting on the BB waiting for others to come along to ask them to play.
My name is Eteri Shvets, and I am your children’s French Teacher this year. We are off to a great start! The children are very motivated and eager to learn.
Here is what we do in French class every day: the children come in and say “Bonjour!” to our friend, Pim the Panda; we sing our “Bonjour, mes amis, bonjour!” song; then we practice saying “Comment ça va? “ -- how things are going”; and tell Pim what our name is -- “Je m’appelle”.
We learned a counting song -- ask your children to sing it for you!
We also learned the names of different colors in French. (Still working on those, but most children know their colors pretty well!) We play lots of games with numbers and colors.
We also learned the following expressions that you can practice at home:
Ça va bien -- I am doing great!
Ça va mal -- I am not doing well
Comme ci, comme ça -- I am doing so-so
Voici! -- Here!
Merci! -- Thank you!
Non, merci! -- No, thank you!
J’ai faim! -- I am hungry!
Et toi? -- And you?
Où est -- where is?
Au revoir! -- Good bye!
We will be learning French words and expressions that are meaningful and fun, and will soon begin telling and creating stories in French. Ask your children to tell you the story about Pim being hungry and refusing one food after another!
When it is time for an assessment or test, we try to keep the kids as stress-free as we can, instead calling them "check-ups" with Dr. Kieran. (If anyone has a spare lab coat or stethoscope, I would sure love to dress up for real!)
Today we headed to Down Home Farm, a Tammaro farm in Cape. The farm has beef cows and pigs, plus a pet goat and a few chickens. It is located waaaay behind Ocean House by the Farm child care. Special thanks to Kelly, Katie, Christine and Mary for chaperoning the trip!