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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
In the Classroom
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