This week we started a secret project and it has nothing to do with a gift for you! Promise. 😉 Hopefully, we will finish it next week!
When we weren’t busy with that, we visited China and India to learn about Chinese New Year and Diwali. We made lanterns and made “golden” coins with our friends.
We had an AMAZING visit from Craig Newman from Outreach for Earth Stewardship on Monday. He brought 3 owls (1 barred and 2 screech) to share with us. His program taught about owl habitats, their physical traits and adaptations, as well as their diet. Craig rehabilitates owls to be released back into the wild. The three he brought along were so badly injured after being hit by cars that they would no longer survive in the wild. They have become his education ambassadors.
If you’d like to learn more about Craig’s program and the work he does to help raptors – http://www.ofesvt.org/ A special thank you to the Tari Shattuck Education Foundation for funding this experience through a mini grant. To learn more about this foundation – http://tarishattuck.org/
On Monday afternoon, we were so lucky to have Lauren Gammon – Milo’s Mom and talented chef – come to make gingerbread with us. It was a really fun activity. Not to mention yummy!
On Wednesday, Jason Chin – a famous author and illustrator from Vermont- came to visit. He shared about his writing with the whole school at MARS on Wednesday morning. Then, he came and work with just the Kindergarteners just before lunch. It was really neat to work with a real, live author! See the photos below to get an idea of our time with Mr. Chin.
His visit was sponsored by Project READ which supports our Starksboro Book Wagon every summer and the Book Fair every winter. This particular Author Visit programming is funded specifically by the Pat Young Memorial Fund. Pat was a wonderful Kindergarten teacher at Robinson for many years and children’s literacy was very dear to her. When she passed away, Project READ and Pat’s family came together to create this program as a testament to her work with children. It is a special tribute to her role in our school. She is missed dearly by all of us and I think she would be really proud of this event at Robinson.
Forest Friday was an inside day for us today. The windchill and temps kept us inside today. While it wasn’t quite as fun as being outdoors, it was the smart thing to do with such cold gripping our area. We read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to start us off. We talked a little about what we like to do in the snow. Then, we split up into three groups. I taught a group about sequencing the events in The Snowy Day. Ms. Myriah taught a group about animal tracks in the snow. The third group shared a basket of winter books. We finished our time together by creating our own snowy day scene with a messy and fun mixture of shaving cream and Elmer’s glue. Of course, we added glitter to make it really messy and fun!
Enjoy the weekend and stay warm!