This month, Family Groups discussed collaboration: working as a team, taking turns, listening to ideas, doing your best, and encouraging others. Students read the book: The Dot, where a girl is encouraged to find out she is actually a great “dot” artist. She ends up encouraging others to find out what they are good and what they bring to the community. Students were then asked to create their own dot with something they are good at and bring to their community. Each family group worked together to build paper and sticky dot towers.
This week, the 5th graders worked on their final project of the year in Maestra Padilla’s Spanish class.
The students made piñatas using balloons and paper mache. The process involved blowing up a balloon to the desired size, cutting up paper, and then using a mixture of flour and water to dip the pieces of paper in the concoction and wrap them around the balloon. They learnt that it’s important to put several layers of paper strips so that when the piñata dries it will be sturdy and not fall apart.
The students enjoyed this fun cultural project. They will take their piñatas home on the last day of class.
As part of their Farm Unit, kindergarten went to Sienna Ranch this week. Here they brushed horses, collected eggs, stroked chickens, carded wool, held angora bunnies, and even tried some edible flowers. So much fun!
This week, we celebrated Earth Day with a series of activities at school that involved our Family Groups. The program included a presentation by Classroom Safari – an educational and entertaining adventure into the wild. The animal ambassadors shared interesting facts about the animals diets, enemies, and special adaptations that help them survive. The students were excited about learning conservation and seeing animals from around the world. After the presentation, the students in Family Groups discussed what the idea of Responsibility has to do with animals and Earth Day.
Earth Day was organized by our wonderful Science Teacher, Vickie Obenchain, and supports our program of environmental education to make Saklan students aware of the issues that are confronting our planet.
Yesterday, 15 Japanese exchange students and 2 teachers from Shanon Seminar School spent the day at Saklan!
In the morning they were paired up with our 7th grade students. Our 7th graders presented PowerPoints about American culture like sports, music, food, etc. The Japanese students then shared family stories/experiences of World War II which tied in perfectly with the 7th grade history curriculum. Both groups participated in a Science class together and ate lunch together.
After lunch, the Japanese exchange students spent time with the Kindergarten and first grade classes, making origami and playing. “This was the best day of the year!” said one enthusiastic first grader at the end of the day!
Hopefully this is just the first of many global exchanges to come to Saklan!
As is the tradition every year, the Owlets, Hoot Owls and Kindergarten classes enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day celebrations last Friday. This entailed a lot of green, some sweet treats, a little magic, and lots of smiles! Those pesky leprechauns left green footprints, turned rainbow sorbet into green sorbet, and avoided those creative traps made by the Kindergarten class. There’s always next year….
On Thursday, February 8th, students in the Hoot Owls, Kindergarten and 1st grade celebrated the completion of 100 days of school so far this year! Parties, games, snacks, and activities all centered around the big number 100.
Kindergartners were asked to build an upright snowman as tall as possible using just marshmallows and toothpicks. It was great to see the evolution of their thought and creativity as they used problem solving skills to achieve success. Way to think creatively, Kindergarten!