21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 19th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Week 36 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

This week, the younger groups started off working with their reaction and group skills, playing Traffic Lights and also working through obstacle courses. They also played What’s The Time Mr Wolf, where they worked on their reaction skills to evade the wolf.
The older groups played similar games, on Monday playing multi-skill games, playing Traffic Lights as well as Sharks and Minnows, where the kids used their agility, balance and coordination to evade the shark. On Wednesday, they focused on their soccer skills, specifically using their passing skills to Pacman and other fun games like Ghostbusters. On Friday, they worked on team games, working on their speed and agility skills to perform different movements at speed in a race in their teams.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A  finished the unit on I-Care Rule 4 (We care about each other’s feelings) by doing a crossword puzzle using vocabulary learned in this unit.  Students who finished were asked to write a story about a time when they showed they cared about someone’s feelings.
In Group B, we discussed food and nutrition.  We reviewed the USDA plate (the replacement for the food pyramid) and talked about how proteins, carbohydrates and fats are used in the body.  The kids were asked to sort foods into categories according to the USDA groupings (Meat, Cereal, Fruit/Vegetable, Dairy, or Junk Food).
Groups C began a two-part lesson on Anger Management.  Today, the kids reflected on what makes them angry and what they typically do in response to those things.  They broke into their groups so that their group members could help them remember the things that make them angry and their usual responses.  For each of the things they do when they are angry, they were asked to reflect on whether or not that response is helpful to the situation.
Group D worked on taking responsibility.  First they discussed what “taking responsibility” means and why it’s important.  Next they reviewed steps in their activity book on how to do it.  Finally, they practiced apologizing in scenarios given in their activity book.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 

Language Arts:  Well, after finally finishing our plays we are on to reading from our magazines.  Group A read an article from Scholastic News about animal homes and worked on their key details reading skills.  Group B and C read a story entitled Evil Swirling Darkness about tornadoes in Missouri.  Group B used this story to work on their sequencing skills while group C focused on text features.  Both groups agreed that tornadoes are very dangerous storms.  Group D read the story Disaster in Space about the dangers astronauts face.  They identified the text features in this reading in addition to learning how much astronauts risk by going up in space.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:   It was a human body kind of week.  Group A started it out by learning about heart rate and pulse.  It was fun to take our own pulse and what happens when we move a lot.  Group B used balloons and paper tubes to simulate an elbow.  We examined how it moves and the hinge joint.  Group C examined fingerprints and how they are all different.  We even got to make an imprint of our own fingerprints to examine.  Come to find out, all the patterns have specific names…WOW!  Group D simulated a hand using paper, string and straws.  They could even move the fingers.  We will continue with the human body next week.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:   Group A continued on with their two and three digit addition with regrouping by solving problems using alphabet cards with numeric designations.  Group B ventured into the world of pictographs.  A picture is not worth a thousand words here but it may be worth 5 votes.  Group C learned about metric and standard measurement units.  They went on an exciting scavenger hunt in Purple Door looking for things of specific sizes.  Group D focused on changing decimals into percent how percent is important in our everyday lives, especially shopping.  Group D learned how to calculate the sale price of items.
 
Spanish: This week in Spanish we had a blast making paper airplanes. We practiced saying direction words. The students took tally marks to keep track of their planes. We practiced aqui, alla, a la direcha, and a la izquierda. The students enjoyed flying and creating their planes.
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 12th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Thank you to all the parents who completed the surveys! We appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback as it will not only allow us to improve our program, but will provide the Department of Education with information regarding the benefits of the program to our community.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day with your child.
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Week 35 Activities
Soccer Highlights:

This week, the younger groups started off working with their coordination skills, playing Traffic Lights and also learning how to change direction, start, stop and find space. They worked on getting into groups of 2 and 3. They also played What’s the Time Mr. Wolf, where they worked on their reaction skills to evade the wolf.
The older groups played similar games, on Monday playing multi skill games, playing Traffic Lights as well as Sharks and Minnows, where the kids used their agility, balance and coordination to evade the shark. On Wednesday, they focused on their soccer skills, specifically dribbling towards a goal and shooting into the mini goals. They also worked on changing direction and passing skills.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A broadened their understanding of feelings to include body language. Group members pantomimed various feelings and the group guessed the feeling. Then they completed a page in their activity book where they were asked how they would feel in a given situation and tell why. Their responses were discussed as a group.
In Group B, we drew a link between emotional and physical health. The students began by identifying parts of the body (internal and external) and then were asked to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy choices from examples given.
Groups C followed up on last week’s lesson on body language by discussing how word choice can be a reflection of the intensity of someone’s feelings. They were given a list of feeling words and told to, first, decide if the word is more of a “blow-up” word or a “Calm-down” word and, then, to place the feeling words in order of intensity within each group. When we compiled the individual ratings, we discussed why different students gave the same words different ratings and the significance of this fact.
Group D read a poem and identified feeling words. Then we had a group discussion about the distinguishing characteristics of facial expressions associated with the feelings listed. We concluded by having the students write down how each of 6 situations would make them feel, then practiced identifying feelings from body language by having our partner pantomime the feeling they wrote down for each situation while we tried to guess it.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: After finally finishing our plays we are on to reading from our magazines. Group A read an article from Scholastic News about animal homes and worked on their key details reading skills. Group B and C read a story entitled Evil Swirling Darkness about tornados in Missouri. Group B used this story to work on their sequencing skills while group C focused on text features. Both groups agreed that tornados are very dangerous storms. Group D read the story Disaster in Space about the dangers astronauts face. They identified the text features in this reading in addition to learning how much astronauts risk by going up in space.

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: It was a human body kind of week. Group A started it out by learning about heart rate and pulse. It was fun to take our own pulse and what happens when we move a lot. Group B used balloons and paper tubes to simulate an elbow. We examined how it moves and the hinge joint. Group C examined fingerprints and how they are all different. We even got to make an imprint of our own fingerprints to examine. Come to find out, all the patterns have specific names…WOW! Group D simulated a hand using paper, string and straws. They could even move the fingers. We will continue with the human body next week.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: Group A continued on with their two and three digit addition with regrouping by solving problems using alphabet cards with numeric designations. Group B ventured into the world of pictographs. A picture is not worth a thousand words here but it may be worth 5 votes. Group C learned about metric and standard measurement units. They went on an exciting scavenger hunt in Purple Door looking for things of specific sizes. Group D focused on changing decimals into percent how percent is important in our everyday lives, especially shopping. Group D learned how to calculate the sale price of items.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 5th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Hard to believe that there are just five weeks of school left! With summer programming just around the corner, we are finalizing schedules and field trips. Ms. Amanda will be providing you with the field trip permission forms in the next couple of weeks. Please be sure to sign it so that your child can participate as we’ll have our first field trip the first Friday of the summer program.

Thank you to all the parents who have completed the Parent Surveys and had their children complete the Student Surveys required by the Department of Education.  If you and your child have not yet completed yours, please do so at your earliest convenience as the data has to be collected by next week. The links are indicated below. If you are unable to complete the online surveys at home, please let us know as we will have a few computers available during pick-up time. It will just take a few moments. We appreciate your cooperation with this requirement.


Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Week 34 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

The younger groups did a group warm up where they continued to explore their agility, balance and coordination. They also played ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’, where they needed to use their math skills to play a fun game. They also worked on their ball skills and dribbling while playing the game traffic lights.
On Monday, the older groups worked on their coordination and reaction skills in a number of games including traffic lights and ‘On the River’. They also worked on their passing and footwork skills while playing Pacman and Ghostbusters on Wednesday. On Friday, they worked in teams while doing different obstacle courses.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A and B reviewed the rules of Checkmate and Stalemate. They were given specific cases and were asked to identify what move was necessary to achieve checkmate. They were then allowed to pair off and play a practice game.

In Group B, we discussed the ways that children change, physically and cognitively, as they grow older. After a general discussion of the nature and extent of changes that occur from birth to age 8, the children did an activity to guide reflection on specific ways they have each changed as they grew older.

Groups C learned about body language. We worked through a popular children’s book and the kids attempted to tell the story just by looking at the pictures (especially the expressions and postures of the characters). We then read the book together and compared their story to what was actually written.

Group D learned to identify cruel humor (e.g., put-downs, practical jokes, etc.) and distinguish it from good humor. We focused specifically on why this kind of humor is so seductive. They were presented with a self-talk strategy for addressing it when they find themselves involved.

 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 

Well Groups B and C started their informational text. Group B read about how living things grow and change. We learned that some types of animals are excellent parents and others just leave the eggs and the babies fend for themselves quite well. That was interesting. Group C read about the interaction of plants and animals. We read about how living things get energy from their ever changing environment. Groups A and D continued with their readings from last week. Group A enjoyed reading about nocturnal animals. They thought about staying up all night to see them but we learned that our eyesight is not quite as good at night. Group D continued learning about the immune and digestive system. Wow the human digestive system is very acidic. No wonder we can digest things like steak and hamburgers with no problem. A very productive week I can say.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: This week was a very hands-on week for us in science. Group A used Crisco to simulate animal blubber in order to figure out if it really does keep the animal warm. After putting our hands in ice, we realized blubber is amazing! No wonder polar bears, whales and seals are so happy living in cold weather! Group B tried different materials to clean up an oil spill. We found that it’s easier said than done. Nothing works well or quick! The dish soap did the best but there were problems with that one too. We agreed that the only solution was NOT to have an oil spill. Groups C and D made individual microscope slides. Group C used an onion while group D used their cheek cells from inside their mouths. The onion was great but the cheek cells were kind of a hit or miss thing. We definitely agreed that buying prepared slides was a far better option.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: Group A continued with their addition regrouping only this time we used colored dice and made it a game. Students rolled the dice to simulate the tens and ones, and then created a problem which they used the magnetic board and numbers to solve. The students compared their answers to reinforce larger and smaller numbers. Since this is a non-competitive environment, we didn’t keep score, we just had fun!! Group B analyzed their tally from last week and turned it into a graph. We also discussed what this graph told us about our class and their favorite color. Next week we will continue our graphing adventure! Group C ventured forward into their review of fractions with another design art activity. This time they had to correlate answers to questions with the coloring of squares. When the students finished, the coloring revealed a design….or at least it was supposed to. Some of us realized we need to be a little more careful with our reading of the problems; but it was still good fun! Group D went into reinforcing how to write and say decimal names. They practiced drawing decimals on graph paper and then writing it in two other ways. It’s like synonyms for math!
 
Spanish: This week groups A, B, C, and D all were introduced to new vocabulary. The vocabulary entailed direction – we discussed a compass, north, south, east, and west. We then created our own compasses. We used plates, construction paper, and crayons. All the compasses look different and unique. The kids enjoyed this project and will  use their compasses that they made next week.  
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – April 28th, 2017

Dear Parents,
It was great to see so many families at our Literacy and Science event last Saturday. I hope you enjoyed the morning and liked taking home the new book to share with your child. I was so excited to see the report card grades and the progress our students are making in all areas. I really think that our program is making an impact on our students. Remember, we are gearing up for summer camp which will take place the first seven weeks of the summer, right when school lets out. Please plan all family vacations during the last 3 weeks of summer (in the month of August).
IMPORTANT: We are required to have parents and students complete an end of school year survey. These must be completed by May 8th. Please take a moment to click on the link below to take the family member survey. Please also assist your child in completing the student survey. For both surveys, please select program number 206.  We must have a response from every family. If you prefer to complete a paper survey, let us know and we will give you one. Thanks for your help with this requirement. Your honesty is very important as it will help us to improve our program.


Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Week 33 Activities
Soccer highlights:

The younger kids worked on their listening and reaction skills with a few individual games and in groups, as well as working on running and jumping. They also played ‘Traffic lights”, where they had to follow commands. The older groups worked to improve their passing skills in a team, as well as team games to improve their communication, including listening, reaction and gesturing to classmates. They also played Pokémon Go, where they worked on using their passing skills to kick their ball on players running away. 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A practiced making facial expressions corresponding to different feelings. Then we made a feelings doll.
In Group B, we discussed the ways that children change, physically and cognitively, as they grow older. After a general discussion of the nature and extent of changes that occur from birth to age 8, the children did an activity to guide reflection on specific ways they have each changed as they grew older.
Groups C and D reviewed the rules of Checkmate and Stalemate. They were given specific cases and were asked to identify what move was necessary to achieve checkmate. They were then allowed to pair off and play a practice game.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 

Just when I thought we were done with plays I forgot there were two groups that still needed to present. Group C and Group B enjoyed the performance of a Silly Fairy Tale and a Funny Folk Tale. Groups A and D went on to read an informational book. Group D read about body systems this week. They learned about the skeletal, muscular and circulatory systems. Group A read about Fur, Feathers and Scales in their National Geographic Young Explorers edition. All in all it was a very relaxing week, which is exactly what we needed after all the drama productions for the last month. I look forward to continuing our reading next week.
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: This week groups A and B dealt with concepts centered on animals while groups C and D worked with their microscopes. Group A used crayons to simulate how bird feathers are waterproof. The wax that makes crayons repels water the same way penguin feathers do. Group B learned about different coverings and their ability to insulate. We compared fabrics to see which one would retain heat the most. Aluminum foil and felt worked quite well. Group C and D looked at various slides using their microscopes. The students are really enjoying working with microscopes; they feel like real scientists. Group C looked at plant fungi, mushrooms in particular. They compared fresh mushrooms to looking at the pieces under a microscope. The results were fascinating however; some may not eat mushrooms again. Group D looked at animal coverings such as snake skin, feathers and fish scales. Luckily the snake at the school sheds because we got to see a real snake skin! Next week groups C and D will be making their own slides…WOW we can’t wait!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: A week of firsts in math! Group A started their unit on addition with regrouping. This is new for them but they did amazing. We used magnetic numbers to show regrouping. This helped the students actually see how the tens and ones are broken up in columns when we regroup. We will continue to practice next week so we can only get better. Group B started in on data collecting. We came up with a question and learned how to collect data and tally the results. We will move on to graphing these results next week. Group C played a game of fractions on the number line match up. This was a fun way to reinforce our identification of fractions before the FSA next week for the third graders. Finally Group D entered into the world of decimals with a fun decimal art activity. They colored a graph with three colors and then calculated the decimal equivalent of the squares colored. Coloring is a very relaxing activity and it’s nice we could learn some math too!
Spanish: Groups A,B,C and D continued working on their restaurant menus in Spanish. They had fun using all the vocabulary they have learned so far. The kids also exchanged menus and practiced ordering off the menu. They really enjoyed this assignment. They were allowed to be creative and have fun with Spanish. 
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – April 21st, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
      It was great to welcome everyone back from Spring Break.  We looked over the report cards and the kids really did well this grading period.  We have seen much improvement with regard to the subject areas that we are enriching in our program.  We know that the summer will be a great help to keep the kids with a bit of academic focus.  We also have gotten feedback for our advisory committee.  I will share the full report with you as well as the formative evaluation from our external evalulator in my next correspondence.  One thing that was suggested was that the family engagement activities take place 6 times a year immediately following the pick up time so that families won’t have to come out on Saturdays.  We look forward to seeing all of our families tomorrow morning.  The last 2 sessions for the year will take place at the pick up times.  We hope that that will make it more convenient for families.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Week 32 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

The younger groups did a group warm up where they continued to explore their agility, balance and coordination. They also played ‘What’s The Time Mr. Wolf”, where they needed to use their math skills to play a fun game.  The older groups worked on their coordination and reaction skills in a number of games, including Traffic Lights and ‘On the River’. They also worked on their soccer skills playing Pacman, where they needed to dribble their ball to get other players on their team.

Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A looked at pictures of kids in different situations and they were asked 1) how does the person in the picture feel and 2) what would you do or say if you came upon one of your friends in that situation.  The activity was designed to show kids how we demonstrate caring for one another.
In Group B, we discussed different family structures and ways in which families can be different.  We also discussed the important ways that all families are the same despite all differences.
Group C read a book called It Could Always Be Worse, which is based on an old Yiddish folktale.  The purpose of this was to open the kids up to the role of perspective and perception on our feelings and our choices.
Group D reviewed the Peace Scholar rules and discussed Fouls.  We reviewed a list of fouls in our activity books and began discussing how we might address those fouls in our small groups.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 

Well it’s been weeks in the works but we finally raised the curtain on our productions.  They were FABULOUS!  The students really did a great job and most importantly they had fun!  It’s testing time for many of the students and this was a welcome break from the stress of day school.  The costumes were so amazing; the kids really put their hearts into this project.  There are definitely some future theatrical starts in our midst!
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:

We jumped right back into science this week with a look at bird beaks and items under the microscopes.  Groups A and B used various items to simulate different types of bird beaks in an attempt to pick up different types of bird “food”.  This was a fun and enlightening activity.  The students in group A used a net, a spoon and a dropper to try and “eat” seeds, worms, fish, nuts and nectar.  It was interesting to say the least.  The students figured out that certain beak types were meant for certain types of foods. Once they were finished, students looked at birds and were able to correlate the beak types to their simulated tools.  Group B did the same as group A.  However, group B used tweezers, clothes pins, skewers and chop sticks.  Group B definitely had the bigger challenge but in typical Kids For Kids fashion they rose to the occasion.  I was so proud.  Groups C and D had their debut with microscopes.  The students in both groups learned and practiced using the parts of the microscope.  The lesson was topped off with the viewing of animal fur, feathers and scales by group D and plant materials by group C.  This starts their journey of microscope lessons for the next few weeks; all of us are quite excited about it.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:  I can’t say all the students are happy to be back from spring break but this week’s math lessons gave them the opportunity to ease back into the routine.  Groups A and B worked with Tangrams.  The students had various animals’ outlines to choose from and their mission was to use all 7 tangram pieces to fill the shape.  There were definitely some patterns easier to complete than others.  Overall the students enhanced their special skills and many of them learned to work through their frustrations to feel the thrill of victory when they accomplished their task.  Group C has the interesting lesson of solving area and perimeter problems on the sides of shapes and match them to construct a different shape.  The computation of area and perimeter turned out to be the easy part; matching them up was a little more difficult.  That’s ok; it was a good intellectual challenge to welcome them back from the break.  Group D eased their way into decimals with a simple activity involving breaking down a whole into hundredths.  Group D will be exploring decimals in great details in weeks to come.
Spanish: This week group A, B, C and D created menus for a restaurant they created with their partner. The menu contains a restaurant name, logo, drinks, entrée and dessert. Everything is in Spanish and each item has a price. The kids had a lot of fun creating their own restaurants and menus. They were creative and unique.
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – April 7th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Just a follow up to last week’s information about summer. After speaking to parents we have found that it is a hardship for some to pick up students from camp by 5:30pm. We have looked for another option for parents. Since we cannot accept money for care as we are a fiscal agent for the grant, we reached out to a completely separate entity. The folks at the Hero Gym at the end of the shopping center will be offering a summer program daily from 5:30pm-6:30pm for only $15 per week. As our program is completely free all day, this seems like a great option. I also discussed with them that we have some siblings who pay $10 per week for that extra hour in our school. In this case, if you wish to pay Hero Gym the $10 for your non grant child, they will pick up both children for $25 per week. We will hand out a flyer with all of the information after spring break so that those who wish to sign up for this program can do so.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy your Spring Break!
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Week 31 Activities
Soccer highlights:

This week, the younger groups worked on different warm up movements including stretching and jumping, crouching and marching. The also worked on their coordination when stepping over and crawling under a hurdle.
The older groups worked on listening games and their decision making skills. They also worked on their balance and soccer skills when participating in obstacle course races with and without the ball.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
All groups made cards and pictures designed to lift the spirits of homeless children and families. The kids’ work will be distributed in the next few weeks along with bagged meals and basic personal care items by a local agency. To put the kids in the right frame of mind, I read Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting to them; it is a book about a homeless boy and his father who live in an airport. After reading the story, we discussed what it is like to be homeless and then made our cards and pictures.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 

We had another delay in our production schedule. It’s just like the real Hollywood! The students want to perfect their costumes so it’s taking a bit longer than anticipated. They are quite adorable. We are hoping for an opening date after the break but we’ll wait and see. The good news is the students are enjoying this so much and learning a great deal about what goes into a dramatic production.
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: Groups A and B ended their unit on water play with a bang! Group A compared a triangle sail to a rectangular sail to determine which would make the boat travel faster. While Group B worked at creating a water spout. Both groups got a little wet but had a ton of fun in the process! Groups C and D channeled their inner architect and used craft sticks and small paper cups to build various structures. The students were given a certain amount of cups and sticks and challenged to create the tallest and strongest free standing structure. After a great deal of trial and error, they accomplished interesting designs. This week was a welcome stress release before spring break. I hope everyone has a wonderful vacation!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:  Groups A and B worked with geoboards this week. They each created shapes on their boards using various colored rubber bands. They also created designs by following some Geoboard Task Cards. The students were able to identify various shapes and how to create other shapes with the least amount of redesigning. This was a great critical thinking activity for the young ones. It was also a fabulous hands-on activity to wrap up our final week before spring break: which everyone is looking forward to! Groups C and D played Human Geometry. This is where the students created various shapes by “acting them out”. The students had so much fun doing this! They loved being able to work together to create a trapezoid or pentagon by lying down on the floor. It was quite entertaining for the students and they even managed to learn a few things along the way! See you after the break!
Spanish:
This week in Spanish groups A and B discusses things we can see and how to properly say it in a sentence. The students also practiced with their partners and did an activity together. 
Groups C and D discussed things around the house. We introduced a lot of new vocabulary and they also worked with their partners to review the topic.