How can your child practice sorting at home? Can they help sort silverware? How many ways can you sort the laundry? Can they sort their toys in a different way when they put them away (by color, type, size, etc)? It's helpful when your child is sorting on his/her own to use the word sorting to explain what they're doing- and name how they're sorting them- "You're sorting the laundry by color. Now can we sort the laundry by who the clothes belong to?"
Today we started one of our favorite traditions in ECE: Buddy Readers. This year, Mrs. Friedman's 4th grade class will be our buddy reader class. Every Thursday, her students will come in and read to us before nap. This is a great opportunity for our students to get some one-on-one time, as well as time for 4th grade students to practice their reading and leadership skills. Here are some pictures from our day.
One of our favorite things about Denver Green School is that a visit to the farm doesn't require a bus, a van, or a car- just a quick walk to the old soccer field behind the swings. Sprout City Farms planted their fields during the first year Denver Green School opened- they've grown up with us!
Our trip today was a great chance for the students to see the farm- we saw carrots, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, squash, melon, baby fruit trees (with no fruit yet), and the chicken coop where the chickens will live one day. Farmer Meg also let everyone pick some mint to smell and taste- ask your child what the mint smelled like!
We will be back on the farm in two weeks to help harvest potatoes- Farmer Meg heard about our success in the ECE garden, and would love experts to help.
Want to see the farm for yourself? They have volunteer days every Saturday morning from 10-12 and would love help from the whole family! Want to try some of the yummy veggies? Check out the farm stand every Wednesday in the DGS parking lot.
Please enjoy a slideshow of images that hopefully give you a glimpse into what our recess looks like.
When we overheard students in the studio talking about being "mail-girls who sell the mail" to the students in dramatic play, we got excited. We had exactly what this new play needed: a real mailbox. All morning, students took turns creating new mail, delivering it and announcing "Mail's Here!" and checking the mailbox. We are excited to see if this play continues and where else it can take us... stay tuned! (And maybe invite your child to help you check the mail!)
Today, the other half of the class got a chance to get into the garden with Mr. Potter and dig the rest of our potatoes. We have so many potatoes! We look forward to counting, sorting, and of course, eating our potatoes in coming weeks!
Today we went on our first excursion- we walked around the outside of the whole school. This was an opportunity to meet our Excursion Coordinator, Mr. T, as well as talk about expectations during excursions. We reminded the students that they need to be extra good listeners and extra safe- since excursions take place outside of our classroom and our playground.
Be sure to ask your child what they saw and heard during our walk- we got to walk through the school garden and saw a lot of flowers, as well as a few neighbors walking dogs around the school.
Our next excursion will be to Sprout City Farms in two weeks- which is conveniently on the DGS playground!
Self-portraits are a great way to not only measure growth and mark how a person sees him or herself, but also provide a great baseline for our student drawings- we look to see how many details are added (eyes? ears? eyebrows?), if a student is using the mirror provided to look for familiar shapes, and also provide a great opportunity to practice writing to convey meaning (writing our names on the back of the picture). Today, the students all began their self-portraits. Throughout the rest of the week we will revisit these to add color.