Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rocco's day today. We repeated the math lesson we did the other day with a similar result. It was interesting to watch the majority of the students root for "SAME" at the beginning of the activity—I think because they wanted SAME to even the score from last time. But as "DIFFERENT" began to pull ahead the kids rooting for SAME began to switch their allegiance to DIFFERENT. By the end of the activity, SAME had few if any students rooting for it.

Here is the final tally:

Rocco brought a book, The Little Farm written by Lois Lenski and first published in 1942. It is near and dear to my heart because I remember it being read to me.

As I read it aloud this morning to the kindergarten, I noted that many of the students were surprised to learn that milk comes from cows, that the chicken meat and the eggs come from actual birds, and that bacon comes from fat pig bellies. When I first came to Dunham the local district kids knew more about farms and farming that I did—they grew up in farms; I grew up in suburbs.

Times have changed....

It was a beautiful day.  Our PE teacher is at another school on second and fourth Wednesdays—and that means the playground is empty at bike time. We took advantage of this opportunity and got out on bikes. Seize the day!

Here's an after-the-fact photo:

Don't worry about getting the homework in this week. It can come in early next week.

Tomorrow is the Walk-a-Thon. At the risk of repeating myself too many times, here:

Please note that our usual schedule will change to accomodate the PTO's Walk-a-Thon on Thursday, November 10.
On Thursday—tomorrow—kindergarten students will stay through lunch. Dismissal will be at 2:30. Please provide your child with a lunch. You can order one of the school lunches or you can send one along to school with your child that morning.
This event will pre-empt KIDS club.
Here, from Room Mother, Alicia Petersen:
"The PTO is putting on the annual Walk-a-Thon. This is one of Dunham's biggest fundraisers of the year. The Walk-a-Thon will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 1 - 2:30. The kids will start getting ready at 12:45 and start walking at 1:20 or so, and they will walk for an hour."

Have a look at the almost-full moon tonight it'll be up—low in the eastern sky by about 5:00 tonight. If all goes according to plan, I'll be viewing this same moon from my kayak this evening.

Be well.

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