This week, the ECC celebrated Week of the Young Child. During their Techy Tuesday, Mrs. Townsend's Preschool class played a Hands-On Coding Game. This helps the children develop new ways of thinking by breaking up big problems into smaller steps and it teaches persistence in finding a way to solve a problem. Mrs. Townsend's class marked off a grid with tape on the floor. They marked an "X" in one of the squares to represent the final destination. As a class, they discussed what path they would need to walk in order to reach the "X". They laid out arrow cards in the sequence to reach the destination. They counted the squares and moved through the squares. The student walking through the squares was the computer. The children at the table were the programmers deciding what was the best way to get to the "X". They performed this strategy multiple times and learned that many ways worked to get their desired results.
Third Grade has been learning about businesses in our community, and the economics involved in running a business. The students had a fun and educational visit to Wendy's restaurant where they learned a little about the behind the scenes activities that take place in the restaurant. The students did everything from taking orders at the drive-thru, to checking out the refrigerator, to watching the money counter in actions, to making salads. Our students had a blast! A big thank you to Mr. Boukai for allowing the group to go "behind the counter" of his business. It is safe to say that this is a field trip that they won't forget! The students are looking forward to applying what they have learned in developing a mock business for a business fair in May.
In the last month, students continued to learn the basic skills in hockey. They have practiced dribbling, passing and shooting, and then incorporated those skills in game like settings, helping them to understand how all the pieces work together. The week before break, the classes began a unit focusing throwing a ball. Kindergarten through 2nd Grade are focusing first on the proper techniques of an overhand and underhand throw, while 3rd through 5th Grade are focusing on throwing for power and throwing for accuracy at a variety of targets. Concentrating on their throwing skill first will help students be successful in sports like baseball, softball, football, and hand ball.
Upon completion, students will move into the last unit of foot dribbling. Kindergarten through 2nd Grade will work on basic dribbling, receiving, passing and kicking skills, while 3rd through 5th grade will focus more on dribbling, trapping, and shooting at targets. Classes will close the year with a small Olympics unit, incorporating all the skills students used throughout the year in various small sided games. Mrs. Dietz looks forward to the last couple months of the school year with the students!
This week Mrs. Clark's Pre-K class experimented with different Peeps. They submerged them in different liquids, and tested them at different temperatures. Overall the top experiment was putting a Peep in the microwave, as they puffed up over 4 times there actual size. The children made predictions and the class charted the results. The favorite prediction was concerning a Peep in rubbing alcohol, the child predicted the Peep "would transform into a different kind of rabbit or animal". There was a slight disappointment at the true results. The best part of the activity was the taste test at the end, pink bunny verses purple duck, it was a tie.
As the class prepared for Holy Week, Kindergarten students learned about Palm Sunday with the traditional St. John's Kindergarten Palm Sunday Parade. Students created their "Palm Sunday Pops" with marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles, then paraded around the School shouting "Hosanna" just as the people did when they welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem before the significant events leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The students had a great time and it is always a treat to see the older students faces when they see their young school mates doing exactly what they did when they were in Kindergarten. Some of the students shout "Hosanna" right back! Of course the big treat was eating their pops when they returned to the classroom. From Hosanna to Hallelujah, our Kindergarten students have learned the true gift of Easter.