2nd & 3rd Grades – In the Classroom

Santa Lucia – Recap & Photos Friday, December 15, 2017

On Wednesday our students celebrated Santa Lucia!

Ms. Westlund’s students brought joy to every classroom in the form of songs and yummy sweet buns to celebrate the day.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Modeling Friday, December 15, 2017

Modeling St. Nicholas and St. Lucia


2nd & 3rd Grades – Leatherworking Demonstration Friday, December 15, 2017
Students enjoyed a special visit this week from leather craftsman Juan Carlos Huarache. Mr. Huarache showed the children how to stamp, sew, and weave leather to make a variety of everyday items to wear and use. Each student got to try out the tools a leather craftsman uses to stamp a design into the material. The finished tag was beautiful and useful!
2nd and 3rd Grades: Clothing and Fibers Friday, December 8, 2017
The second and third graders have been studying clothing and fibers this month. Beginning with fabrics made from animal sources such as leather and silk, students are gaining a better understanding and appreciation for the many items of clothing we wear every day. 
2nd & 3rd Grades: Seasonal Fun Friday, December 8, 2017

The second and third graders enjoyed decorating salt dough ornaments this week.


2nd & 3rd Grades – Reading Nook Monday, November 13, 2017
Second and third grades enjoy their new pillow-filled reading nook. It’s been a well-loved place to snuggle up with friends and enjoy a book. The children were surprised with this classroom gift last week after many weeks of hard work and good deeds done for others.
2nd & 3rd Grades – Arithmetic Saturday, October 28, 2017

Second and Third Grades wrapped up their first Arithmetic block with regrouping in subtraction. All their previous practice with place value came in handy as the miller tries to keep his storehouse of grain in order. When he doesn’t have enough in one room, he must “Go next door and borrow some more.” Then he can solve the problem of selling his grain to hungry customers! The miller in these drawing is a little puppet the students made!

2nd & 3rd Grades – Handwork (Circular Weaving) Thursday, October 19, 2017

Second and Third Grades began work on their circular weaving projects this week. This craft is a true head, heart, and hands endeavor. Students must plan ahead for working with different colors; they must feel the harmony between each section of weaving to know what will be pleasing to the eye; and they must have nimble fingers and a strong will to see it through to the over-under-over-under end!

The weavings by students have slowly begun to look more and more like a spider’s intricate web–just like the one we’re reading about in E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.

2nd & 3rd Grades – “Body Scale” song Thursday, October 19, 2017

Second and Third Grade students sing the “Body Scale” with music teacher Elizabeth English. Each of the seven tones in the pentatonic scale   corresponds to a place on, just above, or just below, the body.  Mrs. English sings and demonstrates a particular pattern which the children are then challenged to repeat. They take great joy in the game, and are so proud when they correctly repeat the sequence!

2nd & 3rd Grades – Shelters Friday, October 13, 2017

The Second and Third grade wrapped up their study of shelters by building a sukkah for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Built of straw and tree branches, and lovingly decorated with flowers and found natural objects, the sukkah is a reminder of the wandering life early Jews had to endure as they fled their Egyptian captors. It is also a time to honor the bounty of the harvest and give thanks and gratitude for all of God’s gifts. The children took great joy in the building and decorating. When it was finished, we all squeezed inside for a delicious treat of challah bread and honey, traditional Sukkot foods for the first days of the holiday. Many thanks to the Fasman family for sharing the bread and honey with our class.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Shelters Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Second and Third Grade students dug into their Human and Animal Shelters block this week. We imagined what the first dwelling made by humans could have looked like.

Come see some of the beautifully created shelters on display in the main entrance lobby.

2nd & 3rd Grades – Stories of Creation Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Second and Third Grades studied Genesis and the stories of creation through painting and writing.

Then they explored many of the colors in creation, while wondering…”what did the first dwelling in creation look like?”

And finally—the riddle solved! The first house, or dwelling, was the human body!

All Grades – Glimpses from Beach & Nature Exploration Day Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On Friday, September 8th, the students and teachers of Da Vinci’s grade school enjoyed Beach and Nature Exploration Day! They ventured to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for a day filled with exploration and fun.

We are extremely grateful for the transportation by bus, which was made possible by a $1,000 biodiversity grant received from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

Students took time to explore the local terrain and learn about the land and wildlife of northern Illinois. They enjoyed a hike through forests and along the beach, observing their surroundings as they went. There was a scavenger hunt and a group lunch. The very cool weather prevented the planned swimming treat, but students were able to wade and splash in the water and had a great time in the natural surroundings.

Many thanks to our teachers for enabling such a special outing for our students, and thanks to Mrs. Kristine Fiskum for the excellent snapshots of the day!

2nd & 3rd Grades – Gardening and Science Monday, September 25, 2017

Second and Third Grade are excited about their weekly work of studying Gardening and Science….or is it Science and Gardening? Either way, it’s hands-on fun both in and out of the classroom.

2nd & 3rd Grades Friday, September 15, 2017
2nd and 3rd grades, working together to solve math riddles and problems
In the Classroom Monday, September 4, 2017

In the Classroom

Follow each class through the school year. Visit often to enjoy photos and information about curriculum, field trips, exciting happenings, special moments, celebrations and more.

Stay tuned—this year’s  journey begins September 5th!