January 22, 2020: My Heart/Blood

What a perfect day for a field trip…INSIDE the human body!  We discovered that the heart is a very important part of every human body. Beginners practiced the lub dub sound that could be heard through a stethoscope, felt their own heartbeat, and also discovered that the heart inside of our body is not at all shaped like a heart that we see on Valentines Day. With the help of Moby and Annie from BrainPop, Jr. we explored the journey that blood takes through our body each time we feel one heartbeat. Today, your Beginner will be coming home with their very own blood model. You might see red water, marshmallows, cheerios, and pom poms but we see red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets! This model is a great conversation starter for talking about how the red blood cells help carry the oxygen, the white blood cells fight off germs, and platelets help our body to stop bleeding when we get a boo boo.

 

Topics To Chat About:

  • What part of your body pumps the blood? (heart)
  • Do you remember the names of the tiny tubes that carry blood? (veins and arteries)
  • Can you see the little blue lines under your skin that carry your blood?
  • Show me your blood model!
    • Did the water start out red? (No, it was clear/yellow much like plasma.)
    • Marshmallows – white blood cells
    • Cheerios – red blood cells
    • Pom poms – platelets
  • Did you see Mrs. Chindlund today?
  • Tell me about your blood drawing. Did you show the blood coming in and out of your heart?
  • Did one of your friends have a birthday today? (Happy Birthday, Eleanor!)

January 21, 2020: My Bones

How would your body look different if you did not have bones? Today we explored the many bones inside of our body. We noticed that some bones are short and some are much longer. Not only do we have bones in our head but also all the way through our body to our fingers and toes. Moby and Annie from Brain Pop, Jr. showed us what happens if we break a bone and how it takes time for our body to heal. We also explored how to keep our bones healthy and safe by wearing a helmet during sports and putting calcium in our bodies.

Check out these awesome bone diagrams!

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Eleanor
    • Door Holder: Nate
    • Caboose: Ella
    • Calendar: Ari
    • Attendance: Yousef
    • Library: Mila
    • Weather: Azura
    • Teacher Helper: True
    • Vacation: Wyatt
  • What is the letter of the week?
    • Can you tell me the 2 sounds of Oo? (/o/ octopus, /o/ oatmeal)
  • Tell me what you know about bones!
  • Why are bones an important part of your body?
  • What would your body look like without bones?
  • Do your bones grow as you get bigger?
  • Is today is Tuesday, what will tomorrow be?
  • Was Miss Haskins at school today?
  • Tell me one amazing thing that made you smile at school today!

Special Summit Note:

Needed: Microwaves for Classroom Use

We are in need of at least three new or in-good-condition microwaves for classroom/lunch use. If you have a spare you’d like to donate to The Summit, or know someone else who might, please contact Mr. Mike for more information.

January 17, 2020: Friday Fun!

Brrr…it’s another wacky weather day in Beginners! What a perfect time to explore and paint with ice! Friends noticed while traveling to school that there was both ice and rain outside. Hmm…how could that be? During morning work we observed and explored what happens when we paint with ice and how it changes. Beginners noticed puddles on their paper and the ice began to get smaller. It was melting right before our eyes! Making connections between what is happening inside of our classroom and outside of our school walls is a great way to help our brains grow!

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Our morning got even better when we welcomed two very special guests. Ms. Kate and Mr. Jody (aka Nate’s Mom and Dad 🙂 ) are both amazing doctors that help children feel better each day. They took time out of their busy schedules to come show Beginner friends several of the tools they use in their work and how those tools can help keep our bodies healthy. Friends got to explore an otoscope, tuning fork, ophthalmoscope, and a stethoscope. Wow, what amazing tools! Thank you, Ms. Kate and Mr. Jody for visiting our school and talking about the amazing body!

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Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you paint with ice today?
  • What happened to the ice throughout the day? How did it change?
  • Let’s look at your My Big World magazine about ice castles.
  • Did you meet a new teacher today named Mrs. Hunter?
  • Tell me about Dr. Kate and Dr. Jody! What tools did they bring to show you? Have you ever seen the tools that check your ears and eyes?
  • Did you listen to a friend’s heartbeat?
  • Show me how you can jump and count all the way to 20! Can you count even higher?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Nn)
    • Can you show me how to make the Nn sound with your mouth?

Have a great 3 day weekend! We’ll see you back at school on Tuesday!

 

January 16, 2020: Body Fun with Miss Amy

Miss Amy joined Beginners today! 🙂 We know that Miss Amy does so many wonderful things for our school each day but today we asked her to take a few minutes and be a student so the amazing Beginners could be teachers. All week long Beginners have been identifying various parts of the body and how they help us move. Miss Amy was such a good sport and let us show her how smart we are by becoming our very own body model. Friends helped Miss Amy find her toes, back, chin, ankles, wrist, and many more important body parts. Not only did we help Miss Amy become a body expert but Beginners are also coming home with a bit of “homework” for your family. Check your Beginner’s backpack for a ziplock baggy of body labels and let the teaching begin! Beginner teachers are excited to label you!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you help Miss Amy find the parts of her body?
  • Can you show me your ankles? Hips? Chin? Toes?
  • Let’s see if you can help me label my body!
  • Show me how you can jump and count all the way to 20! Can you count even higher?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Nn)
    • Can you show me how to make the Nn sound with your mouth?
    • Let’s get some paper and crayons to practice writing the letters you know.

 

January 15, 2020: Beginner Twins!

Today we are seeing double in Beginners! 🙂 As we continue to explore the various parts of our body and how they help us move each day we enlisted the help of our 3rd grade buddies in making full size body diagrams. Beginners laid as still as a statue while buddies traced around the outside of their body. Then, together Beginners and buddies used crayons to draw parts that could be seen on both the inside and the outside of the body. Throughout this exploration Beginners were asking amazing questions and having awesome conversations with both buddies and teachers!

Check out the photos below to see your Beginner and their amazing body twin!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you make a Beginner twin today? Did your 3rd grade buddy help you?
    • What is your buddy’s name?
  • Are you going to be silly and try to trick Dr. Heet that there are extra Beginners in our school?!
  • Tell me about your n-n-noodle project! Did you use all of the different shaped noodles to make a body model?
  • Did you have a fire drill today? What do you do when you hear the alarm and see the light flashing?
  • Tell me about the weather today.
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Nn)
    • Can you show me how to make the Nn sound with your mouth?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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$2 Uniform Buyout Tomorrow!

Summit $2 Uniform Buyout Day – Wed. 1/15
Tomorrow is a Uniform Buyout Day at The Summit. Students may pay to buyout of school uniform for $2. It is also National HAT DAY! Students may wear a school/classroom appropriate hat as part of their uniform buyout. Cash will be collected in the lobby during drop-off. All proceeds benefit the 8th Grade Class Trip. As always, buyout days are not required and students may choose to dress in school uniform. Questions? Contact Amy Maas.

January 14, 2020: My Body Can…

My body is amazing! It can do so many things! Today we began taking notice of our amazing bodies and all of the many things it helps us do each and every day. Beginners helped fill our morning message board by brainstorming ideas and then during exploration we finished the predictable sentence My body can ______ . We explored a non-fiction story from our class library showing us the job of our skin, bones, and even our brain. Throughout the day we did our best to slow down and recognize how each of us has control of our own thoughts, words, and actions using our amazing body.

Check out these amazing sentences and illustrations!
Beginners are practicing beginning writing skills by matching the words with the picture they illustrate.

Ari’s body can jump. 

Wyatt’s body can run.

Yousef’s body can walk.

Nate’s body can dive. 

Ella’s body can ride a bike.

True’s body can dance.

Mila’s body can stretch.

Topics To Chat About:

  • Let me see your amazing body!
  • Tell me 3 things your body can do!
  • Did you make playdoh faces today? Tell me 2 things you put on the face.
  • Tell me about yoga with Ms. Kristen. Can you show me how to do child’s pose with deep breathes in and out?
  • Let me hear you count from 0-20. Are the teens a little tricky?
  • Were any of your friends away from school today?
  • Did you read any Todd Parr books in the library today?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Nn)
    • Can you show me how to make the Nn sound with your mouth?

 

January 13, 2020: It’s Okay To Be Different

It’s okay to be different…what an awesome message from our new author of the month, Todd Parr! Today Beginners explored one of Todd Parr’s most popular stories celebrating the differences in each individual. We talk about this a lot in our classroom but love when it is reinforced through our curriculum studies. It’s okay to wear glasses. It’s okay to be afraid of the dark. It’s okay to dance when nobody is watching.

We took note of Todd Parr’s unique illustration style and created our own class book in this way. This will be a great addition to our class library. I encourage you to celebrate the differences in your house and to help Beginners notice their strengths.

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Ella
    • Door Holder: Yousef
    • Caboose: Nate
    • Attendance: Ari
    • Calendar: Azura
    • Weather: Mila
    • Library: True
    • Teacher Helper: Wyatt
    • Vacation: Eleanor
  • Who is your new author? (Todd Parr)
    • Tell me about Todd Parr’s illustrations. Did you notice a lot of color?
  • Did you read the story “It’s Okay to be Different”
    • What makes you different and special?
  • Can you tell me 3 parts of your body?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Nn)
    • Can you show me how to make the Nn sound with your mouth?
  • Tell me about your name snowman. Was your snowman shorter, taller, or the same as your friends?

January 10, 2020: Snowmen At Night

Do you ever wonder what snowmen do at night? We do! Although the Missouri weather is being very wacky, we focussed in on the winter season and had snowman fun while reading a fantastic story, Snowmen at Night. In this story we explored the silly idea of the snowmen fun that happens while we are sleeping. Beginners enjoyed thinking and imagining how snowmen might go play in the park, sled down snowy hills, or drink cold cocoa. Our 3rd grade buddies joined us for our story exploration and then helped us create our own snowmen pictures with cotton balls. Together, Beginners and buddies worked to build the snowman and then create a sentence that matched the illustration. Thank you, buddies! Be sure to check out our snowmen at night stories in the hallway next week.

Of course, Fridays are not complete without Friday Free Choice. Beginners loved getting out some of their favorite centers from the week and even invited our buddies to join us after finishing the snowman exploration. This dedicated time for independent play and choice is so important and a treasured time in our classroom!

Have a good weekend!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about the weather today? Did it feel like winter outside?
  • Tell me about the Snowman at Night book! Can you tell me 2 things the snowmen did in the story?
  • Do you think it would be fun to be a snowman?
  • Did you create your own snowman at night picture with your buddy? What adventure was your snowman having?
  • What did you choose for Friday Free Choice? Did you get a chance to bring your 3rd grade buddy to free choice?
  • Did you practice super awesome handwriting on whiteboards during morning meeting?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Mm)
    • Can you show me how to write Mm?
    • What sound does Mm make?
  • What is the new month? (January)
  • What is the new year? (2020)
  • What is the new season? (Winter)

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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January 9, 2020: Magazines, Mosaics, and Moose!

Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm…it was an Mm day in Beginners today! Friends were super helpful using their strong finger muscles to cut from m-m-magazines during morning work. We listened to M-M-Moana m-m-music as we practiced scissor control and cutting irregular shapes. The shapes we cut during this exercise were used to make beautiful m-m-mosaics during exploration. Ask your Beginner about fitting the shapes together just right to create the M shape!

Beginners will be coming home with a new m-m-moose friend based on the story If You Give A Moose A Muffin. As we began the book and explored the cover friends quickly noticed, “There are M’s on the book!” It’s great to see Beginner letter awareness growing each day. After meeting Mrs. Kimmons’s moose friend, Monty, Beginners each made their own friend complete with a delicious muffin. These moose friends are coming home today as a resource for retelling the story we read in class or creating your own story as a family.

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you read your Mm book with a partner during morning meeting?
  • Tell me about your M mosaic. Did you use the pieces you cut from magazines to make the shape?
  • Do you have a new moose friend? Does your moose like to eat muffins? Can you tell me about the moose story you read at school? Let’s make our own moose story!
  • How was the weather different today? Did you see the sun shining in your classroom?
  • Who did you play with at recess? Did you play family with your friends?
  • If today is Thursday, what will tomorrow be?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Mm)
    • Can you show me how to write Mm?
    • What sound does Mm make?
  • What is the new month? (January)
  • What is the new year? (2020)
  • What is the new season? (Winter)

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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