• Second Grade Writers

    The second grade classes are working on strengthening our skills as writers! Our main focus has been on creating a cohesive paragraph. We have discussed starting off with a topic or main idea sentence, providing three key details, and then wrapping up our writing with a strong closing sentence. One activity that we did involved creating our own monsters. The children used playdoh, as well as other crafting materials, to design unique creatures. Once the sculpting was done, students wrote descriptive paragraphs telling all about their creations.      Each week, we have essential questions that guide our language arts activities. Two [...]

  • Who Doesn’t Like Games?

    Every year, without fail, I always think I know exactly what to do now. I have learned from my mistakes, and now I must be ready for whatever the students throw at me. And of course, every year, each student seems to surprise me, always keeping me on my toes. I think that is why I enjoy teaching so much. Nothing is ever boring, things change so quickly, and honestly, I get to be who I truly am with every student which is a loud, very enthusiastic, sometimes annoying, but I promise, good hearted P.E. teacher.   Physical Education has [...]

  • Ancient Civilizations

    The 6thgraders have learned about many civilizations that occupied Ancient Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. Located in the modern day Middle East, “the fertile crescent” was host to many kingdoms and empires that took turns ruling the coveted land. The Sumerians, Chaldeans, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians, were some of the many civilizations that contributed to the advancement of technology for future generations of humans. One such contribution was a wedge-shaped writing system called cuneiform. This form of writing originated first from pictographs, which showed actual objects, ideas, and sounds. Ancient Mesopotamians used a sharpened reed called a stylus to press [...]

  • Hola Amigos!

    As I begin my second year here at Hollywood Schoolhouse, I can’t help but feel so much gratitude. I have found a place where I feel very much at home and where my culture is embraced. Español is much more than another language to learn. It is learning about the culture of 20 different countries. Español is the second most spoken language in the world, and I am thankful that here at Hollywood Schoolhouse, we understand this and have the willingness, curiosity,  and open mind to learn and accept everything we can about different cultures. My students are eager and excited [...]

  • A Letter From Our Librarian!

    Dear HSH Families,   My 3rd year as Librarian at Hollywood Schoolhouse has quickly proven to be exceptional! We've hit a stride in the library where programs, curriculum, volunteers, and classes flow seamlessly. My goal since day one, has been to instill a foundation of curiosity, creativity, wonder, and courage in each child. Now, we are beginning to build on that foundation with lessons in connection, teamwork, and autonomy.   Our students, ranging from preschool through sixth grade, are successfully navigating everything that the library has to offer, all while exploring the most inclusive and diverse collection our shelves have [...]

  • Technology, Photography, and Intention, Oh My!

    By Lisa Smith   I remember the days of busy signals, encyclopedia salesmen, and rushing to cash your check before the bank closed. So, I am just elated every day as the K-6th technology teacher! I possess a wonder and gratitude for all that we have, including our brand new MacBook Pros!   I start each class with a live feed of some sort: The International Space Station, Honey Bees in their hive, a Tokyo crosswalk. I mean to inspire fearless curiosity about our world, and to remind the students of the luxuries we enjoy as we watch gorillas in [...]

  • It’s Octo’bear’!

    It's Octo'bear', and we're thrilled to have started a new school year in the preschool! As we journey our way through our daily routine, we are appreciating the time to get to know each other. Every year, I enjoy starting the school year with our "All About Me" theme. It gives us the time to learn about our friends and appreciate what makes us unique and beautiful!   Before getting started on what makes us who we are individually, we focused our attention on the name of our class, The Bears, to establish what makes us special as a group. In [...]

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