• Our Remote Learning Journey

    Continuing our learning journey together with this new remote Schoolhouse, the children in our Junior Kindergarten program recently participated in our annual Dream Week! A pandemic was not going to stop the flow of our young learner's creative juices. Instead, it made it more of a challenge! The teachers prepared daily experiments, which allowed the children to collaborate with their classmates and teachers virtually. The results of their daily experiments were a hit! The children were implementing and working with different household items and went above and beyond to execute their daily experiment. Egg drop, marble run, and a penguin zip line [...]

  • The Joys of Reading

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss wrote those words in the book, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, which celebrates the joys of reading. Every year his birthday, March 2nd, is Read Across America Day, celebrating the joys of literacy! We also celebrate him, the author who inspired individuals of all ages and left behind a legacy of genius and imagination. In our ECE classes we celebrate his birthday every year, beginning our day with a reading of the Cat in the [...]

  • Siroos Kassarian

    We had the opportunity last trimester to have Siroos Kassarian, an artist from Switzerland, visit our classroom! He is a member of the European Academy of Arts and has won several awards for his excellence in different fields of Visual Arts. Pegah, his daughter, came along as his interpreter as Siroos speaks German. Siroos had the pleasure of doing a demonstration for one of the 4th Grade classes. Since we do a series of watercolor paintings in class, Mr. Robby and I suggested his demo be specifically on watercolors. The students were fascinated by the language barrier while their questions went through an interpreter, which made me think that it doesn’t matter what language you speak; Art, like Music, is a universal language that [...]

  • Playing the Recorder: An Important Step on the Path to Music Literacy

    Music is often referred to as a universal language. Though it may vary greatly from place to place, music is everywhere. Understanding this language allows you to sit down and make music with anyone, regardless of where in the world they come from. It also allows you to understand a piece of music, regardless of where or when it was written. As a music educator, it is my responsibility to ensure that our students not only build the skills needed to understand this important language, but also build the confidence to participate in music-making experiences long after they graduate from [...]

  • When Am I Going to Use This Stuff?

    My mom wasn’t good at math, so I probably won't be either! When am I ever going to use this in the real world? Math sucks! I don’t get it! Find X?? We’ve all heard, said, or even felt these sayings deep down in our soul at one point or another. I too myself have said these words multiple times in elementary, middle, high school and even college. The reason I became a teacher is so that students didn’t have to feel the same way about math that I did. Math is more than just numbers and words in a textbook. Math really is [...]

  • Second Grade Sale

    Do you like raising money to help others? Second graders do! Every year around this time, we focus our attention on helping others, writing persuasive paragraphs, and learning about what it means to produce and consume goods. When you mesh these ideas together, you have the ever popular, Second Grade Sale! We take our sale very seriously. Weeks prior to this event, students are meticulously creating projects out of recycled boxes, cans, toilet paper rolls, bottle caps, wood pieces, etc. This year, we collaborated with Ms. Nicole S., the Collaboratory Instructor, to help bring students imaginative ideas to life with [...]

  • Making Moments in 1st Grade

    When I reflect on my time here, I never see it in totality, but rather in the tiny moments that make up all the years. Tiny moments, after all, are what life is all about! And for the past eight years, 1st grade has been such a large part of my own life. First grade has so many of my favorite memories and highlights. Whether it’s learning to read, adding double-digit numbers, or becoming independent writers, these milestones are achieved through the culmination of many small moments. Since our first day together, every second has been of significance; we have [...]

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