Our final EB for this session was on Monday, and Homemade Halloween was on Tuesday. In the early elementary wing, that meant we had “eco-fair”; various stations set up in three classrooms. Children made felted acorns out of wool roving, homemade playdough, and also played an active game to get the wiggles out (Minute to Win It).
Each morning as we start math group, we get out our 100 grids for some mystery number puzzles. These have proved a lot of fun, as students use number sense and logic to whittle down the clues to come up with the one possible answer. We’ve also started playing the guess/digit/place game, after our work in the Singapore math books is complete. The time goes by so quickly, and we are always sorry when math time is over.
Matilda is finally finished! Most every child truly enjoyed this book, and is clamoring for another Roald Dahl book. First, though, we needed to do a review of this one. Doing a book review gives students an opportunity to reflect on characters and scenes they really enjoyed, and gives practice in summarizing. We also started brainstorming ideas for a big writing workshop project - our first memoirs!
Our big home reading project (Read to Feed) for October came to a close and we were proud to count the books we read and the money we raised. $800.00 will go a long way to help impoverished families around the world.
Science was very fun as Shan had the children make ghost puffball launchers. Students enjoyed experimenting with the materials to try to get the cotton balls to travel the farthest (and to hit their poor unsuspecting teacher).