Today we introduced a new, but quickly favorite, game: Bingo. Alphabet Bingo is a great opportunity for children to connect spoken letter names to letters in print, to practice listening closely, and even to practice being excited for our friends when they win. We look forward to playing Alphabet Bingo again!
We are so lucky that for one week a year Mr. Parker has the Cheyenne Fencing Society come to DGS. Here are some wonderful pictures from today's visit!
For the past few weeks, the students in ECE have been trying to earn a pajama day by not playing (or yelling) during snack and lunch. We are so excited that we've earned our pajama day- and it is tomorrow! When we picked our day, the class asked if we could invite other teachers (and parents) to join us. So today, we wrote a letter as a class and a few students helped address them and deliver them.
Here is what the letters said:
You’re invited to Pajama Day. We were quiet at snack and lunch with no playing. We earned a Pajama Day! Pajama Day is tomorrow. Please wear your pajamas. Please show us your pajamas.
The ECE class would like to invite any parents who can to wear pajamas tomorrow as well!
As we begin learning to use our letter sounds to write, each student has been given a journal. We've introduced the Tools of the Mind writing style of using lines to indicate different words. As far as what to write, we've been talking about our super power- choosing what kind of day you are going have. We've talked about how this is called setting an intention.
Our intentions always begin with the words "I am going to be..."
When writing, we follow these steps:
1. Think of what you want to write
2. Draw one line for each word
3. Tap it out- say what you will write on each line
4. Start writing!
Curious what the writing looks like? Examples are below.
Today was the big fun run! We were so impressed by how many laps ECE could run! As a class we ran 236 laps!
You may have heard about Denver Green School's exciting news- we're having a FUN RUN next week!
What is the Apex Fun Run you ask?
Good Question. Read on to find out more and how you can help DGS achieve our goals. The Apex Fun Run is a dynamic interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness in schools.
Who can participate?
Every student from ECE to 8th grade will get a chance to participate. And all of our friends and family can participate too by supporting our students with pledges. You can pledge per lap or with a flat pledge. More info coming home in the packets on how to do that and support DGS.
Why have we chosen this as our signature event for the year?
The Apex Fun Run is a great fit for DGS because it aligns with our mission and vision and focuses leadership and movement and it’s a short and sweet fundraiser. We are simply asking for your dollars and not the heavy lift of an auction or lots of bake sales. So, enjoy all that extra.
Where will the money go?
The DGS Partners and the PTA have decided to take all the money we raise and put it toward Field Studies and Technology. Our goal is $12,000. With additional funding we can pay for more buses and entrance fees to our parks and museums thus increasing the number of excursions for our students. With increased technology funding, we are able to get more IPads and chromebooks for our students in Kinder through 3rd grade.
When is it?
The Apex Fun Run will last for 2 weeks and will kick off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, January 17th at 3:00pm. The pledging window will last all the way up to the big day on January 26th--the day of the actual FUN RUN! Every student will have a 45 minute block that day to participate.
Can families participate too?
We encourage you to come to the Pep Rally if you can make it; but we would REALLY love to see you at school for the day our students do their run on January 26th. Those times will be posted on our website, facebook page and sent home by your child’s teacher in the next two weeks.
How do I get pledges?
Ask anyone and everyone. Please look for your child’s Pledge Kit that they will receive on January 17th to see how it works. We will also have emails coming from your teachers. Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn more about this interactive program that will help DGS achieve it’s fundraising goals for the year. This year's character theme is ApexLegends, where students along the way these five friends discover what it truly means to be a Legendary leader:
What does the Fun Run Look like?
During the Apex Fun Run, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Thursday, January 26th to help their school. Students will run for 30 minutes and average 26-36 laps, with the maximum amount of laps being 36 (each lap is 1/16th of a mile). Sponsors can pledge $1, $2, $5 or any other amount for each lap students run. All participants will receive an access code that allows you to enter pledges online.The Apex Fun Run is for every student regardless of financial giving. All students will receive Apex bands, race-day lap counters, and team awards. We invite all parents to come to the Apex Fun Run and share in this great event!
The ECE fun run time is TBD- we will let you know as soon as we find out so you can join us if possible!
One important thing we're learning about in our brain study is how important it is to do challenging things- these things are what keep our brains growing and stretching. To help keep us challenged, we've introduced "Smart Toys." These are puzzles of varying challenge level. To make things more challenging (and to keep students vocabularies growing), we're also having the students explain to a friend how they're making each puzzle.
Our first puzzle is called Peek A Boo Bunny. (We'll introduce two others in coming weeks.) The challenge is to re-create a picture using 3 different blocks and a bunny. This requires flexibility in thinking, problem-solving, and spatial awareness. Explaining how they created the picture to a friend helps them hone their language and communication skills.
How do you challenge your brain?
You may have heard about all the new materials the class found in the room when we returned from winter break. One of the biggest changes is that dramatic play is now a grocery store! This provides a great opportunity to explore jobs in the community, recognize print (on groceries and signs), talk about money and how we buy things, to make lists, and so much more.
Does your child go to the grocery store with you? If they do, here are some ideas to engage your child:
-Have your child help you make a list of what you need- ask if they can help figure out any of the sounds in the words (focus on first and then last sounds)
-Have them make their own list and bring a pencil to cross things off
-Go on a letter or number search- how many times can you find that letter or number? This is a good way to introduce different fonts as well
-Have your child help count items you need (produce is a good place to start)
Please send in pictures of your child at the grocery store!