Monday, January 28, 2008

ni hao (hello? in Chinese?)

Someone help, please. Tomorrow we begin learning about China. I've enlisted the help of three young scholars. Their expertise will be much appreciated. It will be an adventure!

Here are some pictures of friends.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fire Drill !

One day last week a young child pulled the fire alarm. The entire school hurried outside. The fire trucks arrived and several firemen in full gear came into each classroom to ascertain our safety. Everyone was thrilled with the response to this unusual "fire drill". A large group of our boys huddled together watching the activity. One wide-eyed fellow looked toward the teachers and announced,"This is the most exciting day of my life!".

Above is a child working with the moveable alphabet and, on another day, making a large equilateral triangle with several smaller equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles. Next is a child grading the tones of the bells.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy New Year !

Before the holiday the excitement of counting the chains of the squares and cubes of the numbers one through ten began spreading through the class. Upon the childrens' return to school this past week, the thrill of completing one chain then moving on to the next has continued. It's as much a joy for us as it is for the children to see their concentration and work pay off with happy exultations at the completion of each chain.

As always, our easel remains another popular spot in the room.