Computers have been a blast! Kindergarten students have been working hard on their mouse control and how to navigate games on the computer with Teach your Monster to Read. We are beginning our new unit on coding for first through fifth grades. The first and second graders have helped their fuzz buzz get to the finish line in Kodable. The third graders have joined the academy in CodeSpark and are using problem solving skills to code their character to accomplish tasks.
29 gloriously wrapped Christmas gifts sat in the back of the classroom for several days. Students got so excited about what the surprise could be. Finally, the day came that each student got to open their gift. Everyone was surprised with full-size skateboards to take home and enjoy!
P.E. in the winter is so much fun. The Volleyball net comes out and we start to learn the sport. It is my favorite sport and I'm so excited to get the kids rolling on it.
It is also my favorite time of year to teach the kids some basic yoga. It is fun to watch kids try to balance on one foot or try some movements that might never have done before. I follow this lesson with a short guided meditation with affirmations. Helping the kids release any stress they might have.
During our Christmas Sing Along, a motley crew of loveablecrooks turned our school into a competition full of holiday hijinks. Divided into teams, Grinch & Max versus Harry & Marv, students played games and sang songs to earn points as teachers were challenged to chug eggnog and dual it out with candy canes to gift their points to their favorite team. Along with limbo lights and ugly sweaters, the festive frenzy of Christmas trivia was no match for the tiebreaker: a dance off between the teams!
In the heart of our educational system, there exists a beacon of light whose dedication and kindness have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues alike. Mrs. Peterson, an extraordinary teacher, recently earned the prestigious Peak Award, an honor that encapsulates her unwavering positive energy and boundless kindness.