Monday, May 27, 2013

An Ice Cream Sundae Party

What an amazing class.
Everyone has been working hard to make good choices, and show
Self Control
Upon earning 2100 hoots, the class was visited by Screech, and also sat down to decide on a celebration.Many ideas were offered, ranging from Costume, Day, Popsicle Day, Princesses, Knights and Dragons Day, Ice Cream Sundae Day, etc.
The class than voted, and decided on an Ice Cream Sundae Celebration. Hannah Koch came and joined us, and helped scoop and serve toppings. What a sweet way to end the week!


Cheep, Cheep

It was a busy week last week in the chick hatchery. We began to see holes, and pecking from the egg tooth on several eggs on Monday. After about 24 hours at chick emerged on Tuesday.
A newborn chick- still wet!
The following day, we had more chicks !
Everyone had a chance to observe the chicks during the week. 

They are now off to a farm to have a free range life.

Monday, May 20, 2013

ECO Date Change

Our next ECO date will be May 29th. We needed to change the date due to forecasts of thunderstorms. I hope many of you can join us on the 29th. Just let me know if you can be with us that morning.

Friday, May 17, 2013

4 Winds Science- Life Cycle of Frogs

Many thanks to our 4 Winds parent volunteers, Emma, Bhavna and Lead Teacher, Angela. We have had monthly lessons this year and have learned about adaptations in nature. This month we learned about frogs. We saw a puppet show, looked at live tadpoles, made mask, and learned that frogs can jump 17 times the length of their body! Many kids thought they could do that too, but realized it was quite a distance.

Froggy tongues

Real tadpoles....borrowed from Hubbard Park.

This is what 17 kindergarten body lengths looks like!
Please let me know if you would be interested in helping with 4 Winds in first grade. Monthly trainings are offered on Wednesdays. Lessons can be scheduled to meet your needs.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Surprise

Since incubation for chick eggs is 21 days, we were very surprised to hear peeping sounds late Friday afternoon. Upon closer inspection, we noticed one egg with a small crack beginning. Our first hatch took place some time that evening.

 A perfectly healthy, strong chick was found on Saturday morning. You see, some of our fertilized eggs had apparently been naturally incubated by a mother hen at some point before they arrived in our incubator. We look forward to the arrival of more chicks around May 22, and will keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Walking to MHS for Lettuce Planting

On the way to MHS, we stopped by the State House for a photo with the legislators.

We saw Amy Koch at the greenhouse, and sang Happy Birthday to her, on her 17th birthday.

Checking out the lettuce grown by older kids.

Picking and tasting some lettuce

Which one is spicy?

Learning how to plant lettuce seedlings.

Meeting Mr. Bunting as we get some water To drink from Montpelier High School.

Many thanks to Terri and Zephyr for helping with this warm walking trip!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Life Cycles- Chicks

Our next kindergarten theme explores life cycles, and the needs of living things.We are incubating some eggs, and learning about the growth of chicks, and other Oviparous creatures. Our eggs went into the incubator in the library( the nursery) on May 2nd. Typical gestation for chickens is 21 days. We will turn the eggs 3 times daily, and will inquire along the way!

Eggs are marked on each side, so we can keep track of turns.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Family Fitness Night

What: An event for parents and children to learn about the UES physical education curriculum, do some cool activities, and just plain have fun!
When: Friday, May 3. 6pm - 8 pm
Where: Union Elementary School

Put on your athletic clothing and join us for two hours of movement and fun! We'll have four health-related stations and each station will be 30 minutes long. Your children will take the role of teacher to show you what they have learned in PE. So break out your sneakers and enjoy a fun evening!