Hello families, (it's another long one... sorry!)
This past week we had our first great lesson which is the introduction of the Big Bang. It was so exciting to hear how much of lesson that the kids remembered and information that they were able to add from their own research. I think of few of the kids could probably teach the whole lesson themselves!
It took us two days to get through the lesson this go around as we were interrupted many, many times. Even with a brain break to reset ourselves we had a very hard time being respectful and responsible with our voices and bodies. We will continue to work on expectations during circle and lesson time so that we can maximize our short work session that we have this school year.
Yesterday we walked to the Anchorage Museum to watch the Destination Space planetarium show. I was so pleased with how the kids sat respectfully during the show and when asked, they had great responses to the guide's questions. They also had some great questions of their own! Our follow up work in science for the next month or so will revolve around the Big Bang: planets, volcanoes, and the states of matter.
I would appreciate it if you would talk to your child about the expectations while on field trips. The beginning of our field trip was a bit rushed due to the timing after lunch and departure, it really was not long enough to prep, especially for the first field trip of the year. While the kids did a great job walking to and from the museum and they were wonderful during the planetarium show, their behavior in the atrium and Imaginarium was not acceptable. Please remind your child that we do not run, jump, or climb on furniture in public spaces unless the space of course is designed for that. And no, we will not be going to Get Air or Shockwave at any point this year. :) I will do the same in class on Monday when we review our visit to the museum.
A HUGE thank you to our brave chaperones that attended our first field trip. I always appreciate the help. We can never do these trips without you! If you were not able to attend this one, please try to attend one at some point. It gives great perspective for parents on the dynamic of the classroom.
Class photos are Tuesday. Please make sure to send in your order form or pay online ahead of time. I believe you get 4 free wallet photos if you purchase ahead of time online.
Have a great weekend, I'm looking forward to a fresh start with the kids on Monday!