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Hello Families! The week has been full of gorgeous weather and wonderful sounds in the forest! We spent some time out there this week sitting quietly and listening to the birds. It seems that each day we hear new bird songs. I know it is still winter, but February always brings a dash of spring with it for me.

In forest this week, we also played a fun game that focused more on our sense of sound. We started by visualizing a white tailed deer. The class noted that they are brown, quiet and shy creatures. They need to blend in and hide. We also noted their large ears, perfect for listening for predators. The game was one "deer" grazed under the trees while the pack of predators tried their best to sneak up to tag the deer. If the de...

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Just in case your wondering, the little house on wheels located in the upper field, is our new Chicken Tractor built by Mr. Edgar and Mr. Paul. Reusing various recycled building supplies, donated by community members, Edgar and Paul put together a chicken tractor that will fit in between our planting rows. Chickens are amazing tillers, weeders and insectivores that will help improve our garden soil while tilling it up and eating unwanted bugs. Edgar and Paul are working on a second A-framed chicken tractor that will also be used in our garden space.

We still have plenty of eggs for sale. Our chickens are laying between 8 and 10 eggs a day. Laying eggs in the mist of winter is pretty amazing and I expect our eggs numbers to continue to in...

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Last week during Word Work,my learning group focused on recognizing a complete sentence as having nouns and a verb. We identified these sentence parts as subject and predicate. The subject is the naming part of the sentence, and the predicate is the action part. This class is already quite good at identifying parts of speech and recognizing a complete sentence!

During Math last week, we finished up our measurements unit with abbreviation review and measurement comparisons. We continued to work with weight, using estimation and real scales for pounds, ounces, grams and kilograms. We solved a lot of story problems involving weight units.

During our Readers Workshop, the class had a wonderful couple of days learning about authors' intenti...

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What is there to do in a light rain at Woodson Branch? Recorded run times around the property, and basketball sounded pretty good to us. Every PE class for the last 3 weeks have started with organized stretching to prepare for a timed run around our track. Students are given the option to walk being that there are a few muddy spots on the path; with that said there are many students who take the run very seriously and have laid down some extremely impressive times. The goal in all this is to get our students to improve their time each week. For example Charlie, and Kenyan both decreased their run times by 30 seconds! Great job guys!

After everyone was able to take a breather we jumped right into a basic lesson of basketball with guest Mr...

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Dear families,

It was another fun, productive week in the 3rd/4th grade classroom.

Our Humanities program has sailed across the Atlantic to Europe for the month of February, and this week our class got to show off their knowledge of European countries and history--which is already quite impressive! This month, we’ll be studying greetings in different European languages, looking at maps, and studying European cultures through music, poetry, and stories.

In Conflict Resolution, we’ve been brainstorming and preparing for national “Random Acts of Kindness” week next week. We’ve spent time thinking about what kindness means and how each person in our class could do some small, kind acts for our families, friends, an...

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The beginning of February marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The days are beginning to lengthen, and soon we will start to see the first harbingers of spring. Some people consider this time of year to be the very beginning of the growing season.

Things are starting to ramp up in the gardens at Woodson Branch. Josh Copus kicked it off by constructing his awesome Community Brick Monument on the knoll, in the middle of the garden area. If you haven't walked out there yet, I recommend taking a few minutes to check it out. It is really fun to see all the different bricks our friends and neighbors made. Soon our high tunnel greenhouse kit will arrive (Feb 16 to be exact), and we will be putting that up ...

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Hi and hope everyone is keeping warm!

I just want to share that, as a class, we spend a lot of time outside exploring and playing in the forest, as well as, moving from one campus area to the next on multiple trails and pathways. Every moment is a learning experience and all of what we practice in the classroom transfers to the outside world and vice versa. It would be impossible to share in the blog all of our daily experiences. My hope is that by sharing what we are focusing on academically, families will be able to integrate our lesson content into their home-life and beyond to further support learning and, to highlight the authentic / practical place that math, reading, writing, science etc. have in our lives. I believe it is importan...

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We sure have had an interesting couple of weeks lately! The weather has been very January-esque, with some snow, some ice, and even some sun!

I very much enjoyed meeting with the parents of my students over the last couple of weeks for our annual Mid-Year Meets. I was very proud to present your child's work and showcase the progress that each student has made since school began in September. Growth and progress continue! Second grade is an amazing time when learning and skills grow like Jack's beanstalk!

In our Word Work we have continued with parts of speech, lately looking at adverbs. This class is getting a very good grasp of how to make sentences really burst with meaning and detail. The two categories that we have studied for adv...

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Dear families,


I hope everyone enjoyed the unexpectedly long weekend! These last two weeks have been especially eventful with our Mid-year Meets. I really enjoyed these meetings as they gave me the chance to connect with each of you and talk about all the learning and growth I've seen from your children this year.

In Centering and Extensions this week, our class spent some time trying to see ourselves as part of a larger picture. We've been working on orienting ourselves using the cardinal directions (NSEW), and in centering we talked about how in many cultures these directions take on greater symbolic meaning through their association with colors and with the yearly seasons. This was a great way to wrap up our Humanities study of the Amer...

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This week saw a few changes in our classroom:

Extensions : We got new reading buddies! We also wrapped up our study of South America in Humanities and began discussing the concept of allowance in Financial Management with the help of a new allowance game. In Science extension, we finished our study of macro/micro and moved into a unit on sound.

Math : In math, we practiced different strategies for solving complex multi-step word problems involving multiplication and division. Next week we'll start learning how to multiply single-digit numbers by two- and three-digit numbers, so keep practicing those times tables at home! The Blue Group graduated from their workbooks this week after wrapping up their study of money. Next week, this group wi...

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