2nd & 3rd Grades – In the Classroom

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!