Seventh-graders visited the second-graders for some reading time on Thursday, March 22, 2012. The two grades paired up at the beginning of the year to do activities together from pumpkin carving to reading together. The second-graders have someone to look up to, and the seventh-graders get to be mentors. This is the second time they have met to read, with more meetings planned in the future.
Second-grade teacher Aria Nevin worked with students on their math block during main lesson on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Using different approaches from hand games and circle exercises to counting gems and drawing pictures, students learn to solve math equations creatively. Students focus intensely on not just memorizing answers but experiencing math with their bodies through movement exercises. Students worked with number patterns, multiplication and division tables, as well as addition and subtraction. They also practiced learning how to borrow and carry over numbers while adding and subtracting three digit numbers.
Counting gems help out with larger numbers
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The sixth grade gave their second of two performances of “Her Three Kings”, a play about Eleanor of Aquitaine, on Thursday, March 8, 2012 . The students gave a great performance for parents, teachers, and friends alike. Sixth-grade teacher Anna Scalera told the audience that in Waldorf schools, history is often taught through the study of biographies. Classes study the lives of individuals who have helped advance civilization and culture and Eleanor of Aquitaine was certainly such a person.
The eighth grade class went cross-country skiing on Moraine Farm, making the most of fresh snow on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Being one of the few snowfalls during this unusually warm winter, the students enjoyed the opportunity to make use of the skis. The school has forty sets of skis, poles and boots and cross-country skiing is now part of the gym/movement curriculum for middle school.
Second graders gave an animated poem recital of “Quest for the Ice Dragon” written by grandparent Beth Crowe. The kids had a lot of fun acting out the different lines in costume for family and friends. Mrs. Crowe also worked with the students to create a felted mural based on the students’ detailed illustrations of the poem.
Students performed acrobatics and circus arts for family and friends during the assembly before winter break on Friday, February 17, 2012. The performances included human being and animal-themed acts–from circus performers to insects to escaping leopards. The acts incorporated movements they learned in gymnastics class, which helps the students develop coordination. Teachers lend a hand with musical support
2nd grade “peacocks”
A 1st grader “prairie dog” coming out of his burrow
2nd grade “stick bugs” 3rd & 4th grade “seals”
Mr. Yoors as the Master of Ceremonies
8th grade juggler on the shoulders of a classmate
6th and 7th grade “wall”
8th grade “black panther” hangs from the ceiling after climbing a pyramid of classmates