Inspired by the popular children’s book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds this special day celebrates creativity and making your mark! Art teacher Matt (and his puppy Chanel) got the entire TCS community involved all week with creating projects centered around the dot, culminating with each class forming rings of circles around each other. In the words of the book, “make your mark and see where it takes you!”.
Take a look inside to see what vibrant lessons are happening inside TCS classrooms this week!
In this issue:
Blue Room got into the spirit of International Dot Day by decorating their own cut-outs of small colorful circle shapes, and spent time mixing colors during a painting activity.
Green Room did an emergent lesson on shapes using ice cream as a theme. By mixing shaving cream, glue, and different color dyes students crafted art projects in the flavor of their choice (vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry), and drew their own ice cream cones using the different shapes they are learning.
Yellow Room took their first campus field trip to the library this week, stopping off at the pond to discover the different insects and rocks that their TCS community offers.
1st Grade started work on their family books and used a vintage toy turntable to create colorful spin art.
2/3 Combo began working on their I-Charts to assist the students with generating meaningful questions about a topic and organizing their writing by using a structured guide while researching.
5th Grade presented their summer vacation travel projects, a STEM assignment. Each student had to construct their own geometric buildings using index cards and pictures from their Summer travels.
6th Grade crafted projects in celebration of International Dot Day in Art class and began to get familiar with Google Classroom and Khan Academy.
7th Grade learned the difference between historians and archaeologists and how the two work together to develop our understanding of the past in History class.
8th Grade English began their study on the classic tales of morale by the Greek storyteller, Aesop and his series of Fables. In Science, they learned about the types of hazardous materials, specifically magnesium which they used to created fire during a lab.
Take a look inside to see what vibrant lessons were happening inside TCS classrooms this week!
In this issue:
- Kindergarten played an interactive ice breaker game using a colorful parachute to get to know their new classmates. They also created self-portraits, and practiced meditation.
- 1st Grade kicked off their first day of school by syncopating hand claps and joining their voices in song during Music class.
- The 2nd and 3rd Grade shared their Summer projects, consisting of a decorative questionnaire and colorful hot air balloon art, stating their goals for the new school year.
- 3rd Grade enjoyed a writing lesson with the Jane Schaeffer method.
- 5th Grade got settled into their new classroom with a word search game of fantastic findings in the fifth grade.
- Middle School used yarn to weave paths to one another, while sharing their favorite Summer memories during an ice breaker exercise
We have officially kicked off the 2018-2019 school year! Our returning students enjoyed the classroom updates made over the summer - flexible seating, new work tables, and new window shades - while our new students became familiar with TCS surroundings by meeting new friends and settling into their newfound experience with ease. We look forward to another great year here at The Country School; welcome back!
Every Summer just before the start of the new school year our faculty, staff, and parent community come together to welcome the newest additions to our TCS family. New families mingled and shared stories over wine and a beautiful catered spread courtesy of local restaurant, Romancing The Bean. Thank you to Melissa Wiener and Lilly Pino of our fabulous Parent Association for planning such a lovely welcoming party, as well as our amazing faculty and staff!