January 2019 Classroom News
PreK Monkeys - Mrs. Eastwood
What goes better with January than snowy animals?! The PreK Monkeys enjoyed learning about polar bears, penguins, and all kinds of forest friends that live in colder climates. They can tell you that penguins and polar bears are NOT neighbors---they live at opposite poles! From a chilly blubber experiment to bins of pretend play snow to reading clever books about silly animals--it was a terrific month! In February and into March, we'll highlight all kinds of weather and also spend a week focusing on love and St. Valentine's Day.
Kindergarten - Mrs. Calton, Mrs. Collins, and Mrs. Puckett
January was full of winter themed activities, experiments, and games. We explored polar bears and penguins and how they stay warm and even had snowball (sock) “fights” (goal: which team could have the least amount of snow on their side).
Next month we look forward to closing out the rest of winter subjects, learning about the history of Valentine’s Day and prepping for spring to come!!!!!! ❤
P.E. 1st - 5th grades - Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Miller
This is our first newsletter since Christmas and Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Lewis , and Mrs. Morrison would like to thank all the students and parents for the thoughtful cards and gifts. We really appreciate your kindness.
In January we introduced a new game "Monster Ball", named for the monster sized game balls used in the game. The object of the game is to move a large ball into the opposing teams territory by hitting it with gator balls. We also played our favorites "Battleship" and "Save the Forest".
Each February we practice (or learn) jumping rope. Jumping rope is a very aerobic activity and good for building bone mass. It is difficult to master and takes time to build endurance. We will also learn to jump the long rope as well.
Please remember to send a note if your child should not participate in PE.
Science 1st and 2nd grade - Mrs. Skinner
Hello DHA Families! We have been having a very fun time learning to use the scientific method all January. We have experimented with pennies, toilet paper, diapers, and soap. The children are doing an excellent job using their vocabulary words. We are working on making good observations, forming and testing a hypothesis, researching a subject, and just memorizing the process itself. I've been very pleased with their hard work on taking notes. Writing isn't easy for some kiddos, but they are trying to be the best scientist they can be and writing or drawing their observations each week. I hope they have been able to converse with you over their findings.
In February, we will do a couple weeks of Valentine's Day themed experiments and then move on to a short new unit over sound.
Excel Science - Mrs. Ungeheier
Students were able to encounter seeing the inside of a real shark. They interacted with some laws of physics and astronomy. Personal experiences and recent experiences provided for great discussions about where our energy and electricity comes from and how things have changed over the years as the demand gets higher, yet people want to save money and be resourceful of what God has given us. Next month we will begin learning about nutrients and minerals and the importance they have for us and the Earth.
Intermediate Science - Mrs. Champ
In Intermediate Science, we started learning about the human body. The first thing we learned about was the heart and circulatory system. The students learned that their heart is about the size and shape of their fist, that arteries take blood away from the heart and that veins bring blood back to the heart. They also learned the 4 different parts that make up our blood, plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. We did a neat illustration of the different parts of our blood in class using water (to represent plasma), dyed cheerios (to represent red blood cells), mini marshmallows (to represent white blood cells), and craft pom poms (to represent platelets). Next the students learned about their brain and the different parts of their brain (the 4 different lobes, cerebellum, and brain stem.) We will continue to learn about the human body over the next several weeks. We will cover the digestive system, respiratory system, muscular system and skeletal system.
Music 1st-5th grades - Mrs. Scholes
January was such a fun month in elementary music! We were able to take a break from singing concert music and learn some great new things. We spent time learning about the 4 instrument families, saw real examples of many instruments, and played games to reinforce our knowledge of these families. We also studied the term “leitmotif” and saw this in action by watching the famous Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. In the last week, in honor of black history month, we studied the traits of African music and specifically negro spirituals and their role in history.
In February we will begin to hear and learn our spring concert music. Mark your calendars now for April 23 to hear a wonderful evening of music and see art displayed!
I also want to thank so many of you for wonderful and thoughtful Christmas gifts! I am blessed to teach here.
Journalism/Newspaper - Mrs. Swick
This month in Newspaper, the Tigers, Ravens, and Stingrays have been working diligently on their projects for the newspaper. Editing has taken longer than expected, but I am enjoying their creative topics and writing styles. I thing you will too! This past week we finalized articles and most of the editing, and next week we plan to upload all of the articles to our flipbook website and should have a finished product to show you soon! Next month, we will reflect on our first edition and brainstorm ideas for one more edition of our paper.
Computers - Mrs. Hodgson
The students have been learning about safe technology use. We spent some time talking about our digital footprint and being nice online. Ask your student about Dihydrogen Monoxide, and why they should be careful about what they read online!
In February, the students will be learning about how to search online using a kid safe search engine. To reinforce what we have been learning about, your child can play the digital citizenship games at www.digitalpassport.org.
Art 1st and 2nd grade - Mrs. Wright
We have been busy in first and second grade art. Our recent projects have taken several weeks to complete but they are turning out beautifully! First and second grade has been learning about the element of texture. We learned the difference in actual texture and implied texture. They also discovered the Vietnam Wall is a great example of actual texture that is meant to be felt and Mrs Wright demonstrated how relatives can make a texture rubbing of their loved ones name as a memento.
First grade made implied texture birch tree paintings and now they are working on a Jasper Johns inspired texture rubbing piece. They will also get to use bingo daubers filled with ink to write their name over and over on their piece.
Second grade spent a lot of time drawing bear school portraits complete with patterned sweaters. These took a lot of patience and I'm excited for parents to eventually see them at our spring art show. The last two weeks and most likely the next two weeks we will be finishing a clay project. I was excited to get to break out the clay and the students were too. We are now starting the weaving part on our clay. We talked about ceramicists, textile artists, and jewelry makers as examples of artists that make textured pieces that have actual texture some of which is meant to be felt.
Next month we will move on to the element of space. Students will learn the difference in background, foreground, and middle ground, what characteristics define each space, and how to draw items in each space appropriately.
Thanks for letting me teach your littles. I love seeing their uniqueness and creativity brought to life in the art room!
Art 3rd-5th grade - Mrs. Hudson
Through the month of January intermediate Art has been working on various paper weaving projects. Each grade level had a different level of difficulty and medium used. 3rd grade incorporated line design through their looms prior to weaving. 4th grade layered both 1 and 1/2 inch strips through their loom for added texture. 5th grade created both a warm and Cool colored painting and used their paintings for both the loom and strips to be woven.
Transitioning from January into February 3rd grade students have been working in clay to create fish for an all grade level display. As a class we discussed: how to wedge clay, create texture through their piece, and apply color through acrylic paint.
4th grade students are in the process of creating their Patriotic Agamograph. Using two separate patriotic images, the students are learning how to cut, attach and fold the two images together to form their Agamograph.
5th grade students are creating Radial designs out of either Symmetrical or Asymmetrical designs that they have created. The class critiqued each other’s designs to help decide on which one should be used for their Final. Students will learn how to transfer their image using a rubbing method, to create the repeated radial image.
Art 6th-9th grade - Mr. Voyles
In January we continued to work on our large design project. This piece had been broken down into 4 large components. Since the beginning of the year we discussed several of the elements of art. We have been focusing on how to bring several of the elements of art together to complete this work. Once our 4 components were completed we then copied them so we could assemble the entire composition. We discussed how the use of line and broken line tied all 4 components together to create one visual composition. In February we will be using foam core to create relief mosaic type compositions with our designs.
Social Studies 1st and 2nd grade - Mrs. Messer
First and second grade students have been learning about opportunity, cost, and scarcity. We played several games including musical chairs to represent scarcity. Martin Luther King day was also in January. Students discussed and learned about equality. We used two eggs, one white and one purple. On the Outside, of course, they were different but on the inside the eggs were the same. This week we studied Groundhog day by playing a six weeks of winter game and making shadow puppets. So the question of the day is....will we have six more weeks of winter?
Spanish 1st and 2nd grade - Mrs. Hesman
In January it was all about pets! We learned vocabulary associated with pets, then how to ask how much something costs and respond with the price. This led into two wonderful weeks of playing "Pet Store". The students got to take turns buying pets and pet supplies from the store, and selling the items. Some got to experience being the banker or the one that "stocks the shelves". The kids all loved this activity and I heard a lot of Spanish being used including some 5 word sentences! In February we will be learning about our homes. We will learn the vocabulary for rooms in a house and review family members. Then we have a fun game to play in which we get to guess which room family members are hiding in. It's always a great time with your kids!
Spanish 3rd and 4th grade - Mrs. Ungeheier
Students have had fun playing some card games as they were introduced to places around town and rooms in the home. Next month we will discuss the items they may find around town or in the home.
Spanish 4th - 9th grades - Mrs. Mitchell
Feliz año Nuevo! In 4th-9th Spanish class this January we started off the new year by playing a game of Spanish Jeopardy to review all the things that the kids have learned so far. I was so impressed by how much they have retained and they had an absolute blast battling it out to see which team remembered the most. We also took the time to learn so new verbs and their conjugations including the ever difficult Ser/Estar, which I reinforced by having the students do a maze in which they had to choose the correct form to use for each sentence. This past week we began studying about the country of Spain and some of the unique aspects of its culture. We will continue this study as we begin February. The rest of the month will include strengthening vocabularies, playing some new games and continuing verb studies.
The PreK Monkeys cultivated thankfulness with classroom activities geared around the fall season during November. One of our favorite science experiments involved making hypotheses about what fall items would sink or float. We also made beautiful autumn tree paintings which will be on display at the Fine Arts Night display. For December, we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus each week with crafts and activities full of jingle bells, pom poms, and lots of singing!
PreK Butterflies - Mrs. Peek
In the month of November we had fun learning about different community helpers. We made community helper hats, created our own stamps and acted out being a mail delivery person. These fun activities along with other hands on projects and great theme based books made the idea of a community helper come alive for the kiddos! The month of December will be filled with crafts, stories, and hands on activities that will help us learn about the difference between needs and wants, along with the true meaning of Christmas!!
November was BUSY for Kinder Classes! We learned about the Pilgrims and Indians and explored what it must have been like to be a Pilgrim by eating dried beef.... they all loved it so much! We enjoyed crafting, preparing for our concert, and working alongside our friends practicing teamwork.
December will be just as busy as we prepare for our concert and also for our Grandparent’s Day preparation. In amongst all the craziness we will enjoy science experiments with candy canes, Christmas crafts, learning new concepts, but most importantly we will be learning about the birth of Christ and what He did for us so long ago.
Wow has November flown by! We ended our volleyball unit with serving and reviewing passing and setting. The younger grades enjoyed volleyball with balloons! The older grades practiced serving by playing Clean Your Yard where you try and have the least number of volleyballs on your side of the gym by serving them. Next we played Four Way Soccer to review some skills that we learned at the beginning of the school year. We ended November by beginning our basketball unit with dribbling games.
In December we will continue our basketball unit with passing and shooting. We try to make learning the fundamentals fun by doing them in stations. In December we will also make time for some games like Battleship, Save the Forrest and Guard the Castle. These types of games allow for practice in throwing, catching and team work. As always thank you for sharing your kids with us!
Hello DHA families! In November we explored as many biomes as we could. Students moved through centers and had fun doing a few experiments pertaining to the arctic, wetlands, and deserts. We discussed our habitat/biome dioramas every week and looked at examples of some neat boxes online. I hope you and your family were able to have fun making one. I’m excited to see everyone’s project on the fourth!
The last few weeks of 2018 at DHA, first and second grade science classes will be exploring science through Christmas themed experiments.
In November, Intermediate Science finished learning about rocks and minerals by completing an activity with regular Hershey Kisses and Hershey Kisses with almonds. The Hershey Kiss with almonds represented a rock, because it is made up of 2 or more minerals and the regular Hershey Kiss represented a mineral. From the outside, both Kisses looked them same, it was only when the students bit into them that they could tell a difference.
Then we started learning about sound. We played telephone (we didn’t have many sentences that were the same by the end!) and learned that because whispers are very soft noises, they are difficult to hear. We also made some paper cup telephones and learned that sound waves made the cup base vibrate, those vibrations passed along the string from one cup to the other, the vibrations from the string made the cup base vibrate and that those vibrations made sound waves in the air that passed to the ear. We have several more sound activities that we will do to end November.
In December we will learn about electricity.
In 1st-5th grade music we worked so hard on all of our Christmas concert music all month long. The kids diligently memorized, learned motions, and talked about why the songs we are singing are important. I’m so proud of them! In December we will enjoy the fruits of our labor with our concert on December 4. We can’t wait to share that with all of our families!
The last two weeks of the month we will have fun celebrating all of our hard work for the semester with Christmas games and singing our favorite Christmas songs, and maybe even some fun dancing to Christmas music!
In the month of November, students enjoyed getting their groups established, mapping out ideas for the December edition of the online paper, and drafting some articles, comics, advice columns, and more. They created press badges to give them exclusive interview access to teachers and students in school. And these last couple weeks of December, they will edit drafts, perform interviews, and hopefully publish the first edition of the newspaper! Stay tuned. I can’t wait for you to see what they’ve been working on.
This month has gone quickly! The kids have have continued to work on journals and typing. They also enjoyed playing Kahoot!, which was a fun way of practicing navigating a website. The students have the procedures and computer safety down, so we will be moving on to learning about safe searches and internet researching skills. I will be sending home an information sheet on how to access the students journals. They will be able to work on them at home if they didn't get to finish or if they want to add more. Look for this information to come home on Tuesday.
Intermediate Art 3rd-5th grades - Mrs. Hudson
Intermediate Art students have spent the month of November working with Cityscapes. Each grade level worked on a different perspective (birds eye view, one-point, or two point perspective). December we will be focusing on creating Art that focuses on Christ. We will look at visual story telling and using symbolism to express an idea.
Art 6th-9th grades - Mr. Voyles
In November, we continued working on our implied line drawings. We took a brief break from this complex project we will be continuing it in a few weeks. We had planned to do a still life drawing in November, however, as time would have it we will have to postpone that project. Currently, we are planning to continue it in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we began another drawing project. The students were given a choice to draw themselves or a friend. We discussed proper anatomical proportions of the face and how to begin to draw a portrait or likeness. We also added a design element for a background around the portraits to create a kind of "framing". Ideas and concepts for this were carried over from our previous project. Because of our snow day, we only had only two weeks to work on this project, but we will be displaying them in the December art show.
During the month of November our classes studied how the First Thanksgiving came to be. We tried Indian ice cream, played marbles, ate hardtack and drank swizzle! Just like the pilgrims and Native Americans did! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!
Social Studes 1st and 2nd grade - Mr. Hale
We have been learning about early America leading to Thanksgiving. Till the end of semester we will be learning about Christmas around the World. We will be looking at a couple countries each week, and how Christmas is celebrated in those countries, along with their holiday traditions.
In November we learned family members and some common Thanksgiving foods, especially turkey (el pavo) and potatoes (las papas). We always continue practicing colors and counting and reviewing past learning.
In December we will learn Christmas vocabulary, starting with a guided "How to Draw a Reindeer" activity, with step-by-step directions primarily in Spanish! We will learn other Christmas related vocabulary throughout the month, and learn about the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas "The Inns" (Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem). Cheetahs and Pandas will also spend some time working on their carol, "Rockin' Around the Chrismas Tree", for Cookies and Carols/Grandparent's Day Dec. 18th. Bendiciones para ti y para tu familia! (Blessings to you and your family)
Señora Mitchell here, reporting on our 4th -9th grade students! We had a wonderful November learning many new things about Spanish! We had a blast learning about the small, but lovely country of Panama and hearing about it first-hand from missionary Emily Puckett while she was visiting. She was able to spend a large part of the day in my class and as a result got to answer lots of questions and share some more in-depth information with my students. For Thanksgiving I gave the students printouts of turkeys with numbered feathers for them to color. They would then translate a question with the corresponding number and their answer would dictate what colors they would use for all of the feathers. We ended up with some beautiful and vibrant turkeys and it gave us a great opportunity to talk about what we were thankful for and to learn a bit more about each other. We also covered days of the week/months of the year and continued with conjugating. In the month of December we will learn about irregular verbs and sentence forming and will look at the country and culture of Spain. I hope to get much accomplished with my students and to push them ever closer to beginning to speak Spanish!
PreK Monkeys - Mrs. Eastwood
October was full of all kinds of hands-on fun about farms--animals, tractors, vegetables and Old MacDonald! We sheared sheep, herded pigs, gave muddy animals a bath, drew and painted farm scenes, harvested crops and made lots of animal noises. In November we will explore the fall season and learn to recognize the thankfulness in our hearts.
This past month we had fun learning about the many things fall has to offer. We explored the topics of trees, leaves, apples, harvest and pumpkins through fun hands-on activities. In November we will continue having fun while learning about our Community Helpers, Veterans Day and of course Thanksgiving!
Kindergarten - Mrs. Puckett, Mrs. Calton, and Mrs. Collins
In October we learned all about Spiders, Pumpkins, Leaves and Community Helpers. Students trapped and brought in a variety of spiders for us to observe and in craft time we even practiced weaving spider webs. We weighed and measured pumpkins and made amazing leaf creatures out of real leaves. Our community helpers unit was a highlight and we enjoyed dressing up like them and representing jobs people do! Finally in October we kicked off our shoe tie challenge! We are excited to see how quickly everyone learns to tie their own shoes! In November we will be focusing on the Pilgrims, Indians and the first Thanksgiving! :)
P.E. - Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Morrison
We are presently completing our volleyball unit and will start basketball toward the end of November. We will learn a couple new games this month as well.
Mrs. Miller introduced a new warm up that incorporates acoustical instrumental music and the students use different locomotive skills to get ready for skills. The students seem to be enjoying this new warm up.
Every other week, when the weather permits (dry and above 40°F), we will be going outside for PE. Please be sure your child has appropriate gear for outside play.
Tennis shoes are required every week. Boot are not allowed for PE. They are either too bulky, have heels, or are a danger to the wearer and the other children. Thank you for packing tennis shoes to change into if your child wears boots or shoes that are not PE approved.
As cold and flu season approaches, please send a note if your child is well, but still recovering and needs to sit out. If your child is injured, please send a note as well. We will expect your child to play if they do not have a note.
Thank you for sharing your children with us. They are a joy to have each week.
Hello, DHA families!
This month in science we had a fun time learning about food chains, trees, leaves, and photosynthesis.
During the November class times at DHA we will be studying habitats and biomes in more depth. We will also begin discussing our habitat shoebox diorama. This is an optional make at home and bring to school project that the students really enjoy each year. Using a shoebox, students can create a model of one of a habitat inside a biome below. If you made one last year, please choose a different biome. Choices are : Arctic/Polar, Mountain/Taiga, Grassland/ Prairie, Ocean, Savannah, Desert, Rainforest, and Deciduous Forest inside your diorama please focus on one animal and include the necessities that animal would need to survive (food, water, shelter, space). Please include a food chain involving that animal. Please do not feel like you need to buy anything. Magazine cut outs, drawn or printed animals, construction paper creations, and items from your back yard are perfectly fine to use. There are many examples of habitat shoebox dioramas online and Pinterest. Please feel free to explore those in order to help your student better understand. Have fun creating! Please bring in the boxes Tuesday, December 4th. I will have designated areas throughout the church lobby. Drop them off under their class sign in the morning. Students will show off their masterpieces during class that day. We will also display the projects during the art show and Christmas concert that evening. Please feel free to pick your child’s project up to take home after the concert. I will send this info home on paper as well. I can’t wait to learn more about habitats in class with your kiddo and to see their wonderful creations Dec. 4th.
Over the last month in Intermediate Science, the students have learned about the rock cycle and the 3 different types of rocks. To illustrate how igneous rocks are formed, we made a syrup (lava) out of sugar and water, put it on a frozen cookie sheet and then placed it back in the freezer. Cooling down the syrup (lava) made it hard, much like an igneous rock is formed. To illustrate how sedimentary rocks are formed, students made an edible rock out of graham crackers, frosting, and different sediments (chocolate chips and sprinkles). To illustrate how metamorphic rocks are formed, students used heat and pressure to combine 2 different starbursts. Students also played rock tag and leaned about minerals.
Last month in Newspaper class, the students completed and presented a practice article based on a classmate’s personal story. I was so impressed with their ability to put a specific angle to each story in order to make it newsworthy. They worked hard and most of them took their jobs seriously!
This month we are beginning to work on our first publication of the Newspaper which we plan to put out just before Christmas break. They have chosen their columns and have broken into groups, and they have begun the process of brainstorming which articles to include and how they will divide responsibilities. I loved seeing them work together to come up with great ideas straight from their imagination! We will continue brainstorming and will make press badges this month so the students can do interviews throughout the school and put together their creations.
Next month we will finalize the articles and polish the final details. I can’t wait to show you what they are going to create!
Art - Mrs. Wright
Happy October or what's left of it. First grade and second grade finished up our final lesson on color and how to change the value of a color by adding white or black. The projects for each grade level took several weeks to complete so we just moved on to the element of line last week but I'm so proud of how focused the students were with such long projects. They did a beautiful job. Last week we began our unit on lines. This week we will all incorporate the element of line by playing a fun dice game and create some funky self portraits with wild hair. I think the kids are really going to enjoy these. I will likely save them and incorporate them back into our lesson when we learn about texture. Speaking of texture, I'd love start on the element of texture in November. A couple years ago we made textured turkeys from all of our Halloween candy wrappers. Kids LOVED digging through the wrappers and finding their favorite candy wrappers to make their turkeys. I'd love to repeat this same activity with our first graders so any parents that would like to contribute clean candy wrappers feel free to do so (no candy please). If your child has an allergy to touching candy wrapper due to any leftover candy residue, please let me know. Wrappers, can be left at the front counter or put in a baggie and brought in to class by your child. I just know the kids are going to enjoy this activity! With second grade I'd love to do a mixed media project and incorporate the subject of gratitude which I think goes perfectly with Thanksgiving. Any old magazines especially fall magazines, newspapers, and cardboard boxes with at least 10"x10" sections would be appreciated for this project. Again, those can be left at the front counter or brought to the room by your student during their class period. Looking forward to the crisp, cool days ahead and the wonderful art that your kids create.
Intermediate Art 3rd-5th grade - Mrs. Hudson
In the month of November we will be looking at Perspective drawings through Cityscapes. Perspective is the ability to draw a 3-D object on a 2-D surface in a way that looks realistic to the eye. It creates the illusion of space and depth on a flat surface. Each grade level with learn how to draw 3- dimensional boxes in both 1 and 2 point perspective. These “boxes” will be the structures for our Cityscape drawings. Each grade level will be creating a Cityscape drawing from a different perspective. 3rd grade will be creating a Cityscape from the Birds eye view. 4th Grade will be creating a cityscape fro, 1-Point Perspective, and 5th grade from 2-Point perspective.
Our project this month represents decorative arrangement of natural or imagined forms. The students use color, motif, form, pattern, line, and dimension to construct works of art. I have been emphasizing implied line defined as a line that suggests the edge of an object or a plane within an object. The line may be broken by intermittent marks, it may be defined by value, color, or texture, or it may not be visible at all. We have been using spaced stickers in a mosaic like pattern to achieve this goal. Each work is visually different and unique to each students Interests, ideas or preferences.
In November we will be looking forward to drawing a fall Still life. We will also be making plans for a kinetic sculpture project to begin this winter. The materials used for both projects have been mixed media so far consisting of colored pencils, ink pens markers, sharpies and pant pens.
First and second grade social studies started an economics unit the first week of October. We paused that unit as Columbus Day was during the 2nd week of October. The kids learned about Christopher Columbus and his achievements and true facts about him. The next two weeks we talked about fire prevention and fire safety. Students made a fire safety book. Please go over that with them and discuss your emergency plan at home in case of a fire. In last week of October, we will discuss Halloween and how people celebrate it around the world. We will also discuss what it means to be a Christian during the Halloween season. Have a great and happy week!
Mr.Hale 1-2 Grade Social Studies
This month we are studying early America; including, Columbus, pilgrims, Native Americans, and Thanksgiving. This will be followed by Christmas around the world in December. We will learn how other cultures celebrate Christmas.
Our spanish speakers are continuing to look and identify key words like Cuanto (how much/how many), Donde (where). They are doing a great job responding to their daily question with a complete sentence in Spanish. They should be able to introduce them with facts about themselves and also be able to identify many of their body parts and share about some of the body parts not feeling well. We are about to learn more about our daily routines and telling time.
Excel Science 6th-9th grades - Mrs. Ungeheier
Scientists have been working with mixing some different components to form chemical reactions and observe the physical changes. We will begin discovering the differences between muscles, ligaments, tendons, and body organs.
Middle School Music - Mr. Hale
This month we are continuing with trash can band and rhythm. We are also getting ready for the Grandparents day Christmas song, and the Christmas concert.
Elementary music - Mrs. Scholes
In October we began learning our Christmas music. These kids LOVE to sing Christmas music!! Auditions for parts were held one week during class and I was so impressed and overwhelmed by not only the talent of so many DHA kids, but their bravery to get in front of peers to sing or speak. It’s been exciting to see our program come together so swiftly and it’s not even November!
In November we plan to polish our program music as well as grab some moments playing songs on Boomwhackers.
Spanish 1st & 2nd Grade - Mrs. Hesman
In October we worked more on learning colors vocabulary and body parts vocabulary. Everyone worked on learning to perform Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Spanish, and many asked me to video them performing it in a small group.
In November we will be working on learning the names of family members. First grade will continue working on counting to 20, and second graders will be working on counting by 10’a to 100. We will throw in some Thanksgiving vocabulary each week and some popular Thanksgiving foods.
Spanish 4th - 9th Grades - Rachael Mitchell
The month of October was wonderful in 4th - 9th grade Spanish! We took the time to learn about conjugating –ar and –er verbs, learned a lot of “around the house” vocabulary, and studied the country and culture of Argentina. It was great to see the kids participating and engaging as we learned to conjugate and they caught on so quickly! They were full of questions about Argentina and the differences and similarities of that country to ours. In the upcoming month we will be studying –ir verbs, how to put a sentence together, more vocabulary and the country of Panama. I am looking forward to a great November with some great kids!
Computers - Amber Hodgson
In October we continued working on our word processing journals. We took a break last week and worked in teams to solve a digital escape room challenge. In November we will begin an internet safety and digital citizenship project. As we finish our projects, we will post them on Seesaw. Don’t forget to connect to your student's Seesaw portfolio.
Thanks for sharing your children with me,
September 2018 Classroom News
The PreK Monkeys enjoyed learning the routines of a school day at DHA while an ocean theme pervaded our crafts and read-alouds for September. In October we are saddling up for a month of fun down on the farm!
Kindergarten - Mrs. Puckett, Mrs. Calton, and Mrs. Collins
Kindergarten had a wonderful first month of school getting to know our classmates, practicing routines, and learning all about apples and Johnny Appleseed! We created fun apple crafts and learned how apple trees change with each season. Students taste-tested different types of apples and graphed the results of our favorites...Yum! We read all about Johnny Appleseed, focusing on true facts vs. tall tales, and we even got to sample his winter diet of butternut squash. During PE time, we focused on right/left body awareness through fun exercises and games. Show and Tell is always a highlight in our month and helps us learn speaking and listening skills. October will be filled with fall fun as we learn about spiders, pumpkins, and leaves.
Spanish 1st-2nd - Mrs. Hesman
In September we learned how to express our likes and dislikes. We learned seven different ways to answer whether we like or dislike certain foods. We also began working on counting to 20 and began learning eleven of the most basic colors.
In October we will continue practicing colors, counting and all past vocabulary, while adding in the vocabulary for parts of the body. Get ready for head, shoulders, knees and toes in Spanish!
Mrs. Hodgson - Computers
This month in computers we learned about the some of the tools we will be using this year, including an online portfolio called SeeSaw. We also started our Microsoft Word Project, a journal from the prospective of a fictional character. In October we will continue to work on Microsoft Word. We will also learn about Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety.
If you have not connected to your child's SeeSaw account, please e-mail me at DHA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Champ - Intermediate Science
To start our year off, we did a couple of "Get to Know You" activities and learned a little more about our fellow classmates. During the beginning of September, the students learned about orienteering and how to use a compass. The students got to practice finding a bearing using a
compass. To end September, we started learning about the 3 different types of rocks and about the rock cycle. In October, we are going to continue to learn about different rocks and minerals from Missouri.
P.E. - Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Morrison
We had so much fun in Physical Education with your students in September! It was so nice to meet new students and see former students again! This year we will be outside quite a bit so please check the weather to see if long pants and a jacket are necessary as the weather is ever changing.
In Physical Education last month we learned rules and procedures, played class games, and engaged in soccer skills. Some games we played were Battleship and Save the Forrest. Both games include skills like sliding, throwing, catching, dodging and team work skills. In soccer we did kicking, trapping, and passing skills.
In October we will finish up our soccer unit with some lead up soccer games like Sharks and Minos and a Star Wars Dribbling Game. We will also begin our volleyball unit which includes skills like passing, setting, and serving. As always thank you for sharing your students with us!
1st and 2nd Grade Science - Mrs. Skinner
Hello DHA parents! I've had a great few weeks getting to know your sweet kiddos. In class we have been getting to know one another through morning meetings. We've been practicing our days of the week, months of the year, counting by 5s and 10s, and more.
Our curriculum this month focused on the vocabulary predator, prey, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, and habitats. We explored these ideas using scat and skulls. At the end of our exploration we made edible scat. Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Burr Oak Trail for our hike and picnic (both groups ;)
We have just started our exploration of habitats. This next month we will continue learning about habitats, neat animals and plants God made inside them, food chains, producers, consumers, food webs, and photosynthesis.
We have spent this month of September in "Newspaper Class" discussing the students' understanding of journalism and the changing face of journalism due to modern day inventions. We learned the elements of a newspaper and how to navigate the Kansas City Star and the Lee's Summit Journal. Then, we discussed the most common styles of writing found in journalism and practiced interviewing classmates in groups to find the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of any story. Finally, we learned about finding an angle to make a story newsworthy, and the students practiced finding an angle in their classmates' stories. In October, we plan to complete those classmate stories by working in groups to form a newsworthy article with an intriguing angle and informally present it to the rest of the class. We will also begin working with technology to type up, edit, and collaborate on the handwritten stories and explore different options for including artwork, photography, and design to enhance the impact of the stories. If we have time, we will also explore some online school newspapers and brainstorm which sections we want to include in our paper.
We have been busy in first and second grade art. In September we have spent a lot of time reviewing rules and expectations in the art room and awarding class dojo points to earn that class dojo party. You have some very bright kids. They are like sponges and I'm amazed at how they have retained the expectations and can recite them. Many of them now know the definition to the word "authentic" since creating AUTHENTIC ARTWORK is the first rule in Mrs Wright's class. They are also eager to serve and help where needed. I so appreciate their servant hearts. Great job moms and dads on training your kids to be cheerful and willing helpers. We spent the first part of every class period reviewing rules in hopes that we can hit the ground running in October. I know they are going to do a great job!
In addition to reviewing expectations, we started the year learning about the element of color. Students reviewed the primary colors, how to make secondary colors, about warm and cool colors and the moods and feelings they evoke, and about complimentary colors and how they strengthen each other. Second grade read the book, "Leaf Trouble" and did a fall complimentary color art project. Students used oil pastels and watercolors and discovered the science behind how these two art supplies work together.
First grade read "Love Monster" and we made some observations about the angle the illustrator drew the monster in. We used our observations to carefully craft three of our own monsters and painted them and the background in a complimentary color palette. The kids were fascinated to see how lemon juice and salt could be added to our monsters to give them blotchy monster skin. First graders were VERY excited to get to use Sharpies. Both grades learned how to properly use a paintbrush. Mrs Wright explained that paintbrushes are supposed to look like graceful ballerinas that scoot around on the tips of their bristles. I asked if anyone had every seen a ballerina dance on her bottom to which the kids chuckled and said, "NO!" They learned that paintbrushes that are mashed into their paper aren't being used gracefully and create sloppy art much the same way a ballerina on her bottom would make for a sloppy dance. Next month we will continue with color and learn about the value of a color and how white and black can create shades and tints.
Once we finish with the element of color, we will move on to the element of line. I'm so excited for a dice/line drawing game that I think the kids are going to love! It's going to be fun. Stay tuned!
Intermediate Art 3rd-5th - Mrs. Hudson
In the month of September, 3rd graders have reviewed the Elements of Art (Line, Shape, Color etc.) Students have worked to create an artwork that demonstrates each of these Elements visually. In October 3rd graders will be learning about Pattern and how to use line/shape to create a variety of patterns. The students will demonstrate their understanding of this concept using Fish as their subject.
4th graders have been reviewing Line and Shape. They have applied these Elements together to create Patterns of their own in an Abstract Watercolor. Students also reviewed methods of watercolor techniques to create smooth graded washes. In October, they will be learning about Pointilism as they view the work of Seurat. Then creating their own pointilist work of reptiles/amphibians with Tempera as their medium.
5th graders have created Math Art this month through the Tessellation. Students created their shape from a 2 in square, then created their Tessellation using the slide method. This can also be called tiling where the shape fills the entire picture plane with no gaps. In October, we will be looking at Observational drawing techniques. Methods to help the students use shape a line to draw what their eye sees, rather than what they know. Animals will be our subject of study throughout the unit.
Art - Mr. Voyles
In September Our class reviewed the elements of art. The primary element we are focusing on is line. The project we are working on uses the element of implied line incorporating the use of complementary colors, balance and composition. This is a fun project the kids are enjoying. In October we will continue this project and expand it into a 3 dimensional expression of the concept of Implied line in pattern and color.
Social Studies - Mrs. Messer
Kangaroos, seals and owls have been very busy in social studies class. In our First week, we discussed how as God’s children we needed to make sure we are setting a good example for others. We discussed politeness, how to be a productive citizen and using appropriate manners while at school and in our neighborhoods. We then started learning about all of the Community Helpers in our communities and why they are important for our society to succeed. Johnny Appleseed came to visit our first hour class. We learned about his life and the legacy he left. This week at DHA we celebrated Native American day by learning how Native Americans communicated through picture drawings. Students made their own pictures stories and shared with other classmates. In October, we plan to start our economics unit. We will dig in learning about goods and services, supply, demand and scarcity. Columbus Day is also in October. We will visit this topic and learn more about Christopher Columbus. The last week in October I plan to discuss the Statue of Liberty and how it became one of our nations most famous symbols.
Social Studies 1st-2nd - Mr. Hale
So far this month we have been studying Community Helpers, specifically Police Officers, Firefighters, and Paramedics, and how they relate to the Community.
Next month we will be learning about Doctors, Nurses, Construction Workers, and beginning national landmarks.
Elementary music - Mrs Scholes
We started our school year off with lots of fun getting to know each other through some quick and easy musical name games. Since there are 240 kids seeing me each week, I’m praying to be a quick learner of all your awesome kid’s faces and names! In my 3rd-5th grade classes, we also had a good time discussing what types of music we like, if we even like music at all, and what kind of background in music they have. This helps me a lot as I plan concerts and lessons for the year.
Probably the kids’ favorite activity of the month was using our boomwhackers to play songs and create music.
In October we will start to look ahead toward Christmas music for our December concert. Go ahead and mark your calendars for this great night on December 4!
Music - Mr. Hale
This month we have been working on rhythm, beat, and basic music terminology.
Next month we will continue with rhythm, and start to work on doing a trash can band performance. We will also start preparing individual and group performances for the Christmas concert.
Spanish 4th-9th - Mrs. Mitchell
In September Mrs. Mitchell's Spanish class was able to cover a lot of ground! Students learned how to introduce themselves, how to tell you their favorite foods, colors, and hobbies, how to say the parts of the body and articles of clothing, and some basic -ar verbs! This month we will move forward by leaning the basics of conjugating, things around the house, how to order in a Spanish restaurant, some facts about the country of Argentina, as well as taking time to review all the things that we have studied so far. We are looking forward to a great October! Que tengas un buen día!
Spanish - Mrs. Ungeheier
Students have been reviewing some of the basics. For example, how to pronounce the alphabet, the calendar, counting, and greetings. We have begun working on our family members, emotions/characteristics, and sports. We will continue practicing these and add on to our repertoire of characteristics and our age. They can then in conversation have the basic information to introduce themselves.
Key phrases that everyone has used successfully are:
"Estoy aqui." (I am here),
" Mi _____(family members name) es _______ (characteristic)",
"Me gusta jugar______" (I like to play....)
Students have learned how to find their resting heart rate, target heart rate, and maximum heart rate in relation to the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. This included understanding how the body naturally kicks in from an anaerobic phase to an aerobic phase giving us the energy we need when we apply ourselves for more than 3 minutes. Our bodies naturally encounter a fight or flight method with different positive and negative stressors. It is important to identify our stressors and have support so we keep a healthy balance and self-esteem. We want to avoid the more severe negative affects stressors can have on the body. We also created a list and discovered additional first aid supplies and uses with items commonly found around the house.
We will begin practicing some orienteering skills and interact with some skills that were used during the Lewis and Clark Trail Days.
Discovery Homeschool Academy has two exciting programs for the 2018-19 school year.
DHA Enrichment program located at Crown Pointe church in Lees Summit, MO is on Tuesdays. Students grades Pre-K to 9th grade enjoy classes such as Music, Art, PE, Spanish, Computers or SS, and Science Lab. All staff has a college degree and most hold teaching certificates.
DHA Academic program located at Fellowship Greenwood (10 minutes from Summit Fair- I-470 and Hwy 50) is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students grades K to 7th grade will benefit from certified teachers and work alongside other students in a positive classroom environment. DHA teachers oversee the curriculum, provide weekly student assignments and partner with parents.
For full details, questions and to register, visit www.dhacademy.org/Enrollment.
February 2018 Classroom News
Prekindergarten – Mrs. Gartman and Mrs. Proctor
In January, we focused on our winter theme. We learned about penguins & polar bears. We discussed hibernation and worked on retelling a story. We also started practicing writing our letters. In February, we will begin with our fun groundhog activities. Will he see his shadow or not?!! Then we will focus on friendship, dental hygiene, and all about me! We will continue working with writing our letters as well as begin journal writing!
Kindergarten – Mrs. Puckett, Mrs. Calton, and Mrs. Collins
January was filled with "SNOW much" fun in Kindergarten learning all about snow and winter animals! We made some fun winter crafts, enjoyed snow-themed learning centers, and participated in science activities to learn about God's amazing design of penguins and polar bears. A highlight of the month was having "snowball fights" (with rolled up socks) during PE! We ended the month with some Groundhog Day fun by exploring the science of shadows and making predictions about whether or not the groundhog will see his shadow. In February, we look forward to enjoying Valentine-themed crafts, games, and learning centers. We will also be learning about Washington and Lincoln in celebration of President's Day, and we will continue to work on our performance for Grandparent's Day!
Primary Art – Mrs. Wright
January has been a busy month while 3 Eagles, 2nd grade, and 1st grade have been learning about the element of space. We used several resources from YouTube to children's books from my own library to examine the way artists use space to illustrate depth in their artwork. We talked about the many ways to create space on a two-dimensional surface by employing different techniques, such as overlapping, linear perspective, size, placement, value, color, and detail. We also got a jump start on Valentine's Day with a positive and negative space project that I can't wait for the parents to see! In February, we will likely focus on the element of shape and revisit line with some projects that will go perfectly with our Grandparent’s Day assembly. Thanks so much for trusting me with your little kiddos. I love to see their creativity blossoming.
Intermediate Art – Mrs. Hudson
In January, each grade level worked with perspective using Cityscapes as the subject for our artwork. Sixth grade Rams worked with 2-point perspective while 4th and 5th graders worked with 1 point. Third grade Wolves also worked with 1-point perspective but from the bird’s eye view. We will be using the last part of January to complete Patriotic-themed artwork. In February, we will move into working with portraits and discussing individual facial features and terms, such as symmetry, shape, size, and proportion.
Computers – Mrs. Selaya
We designed a new seating chart and moved on to new projects. Bison and Rams are working on presentations while Elk, Cougars, & Bears are learning how to work as a team. Teamwork can be both very rewarding and challenging! Wolves are learning how to ask good questions. They are creating forms/questionnaires for their classmates using Google Forms. Those students who really applied themselves to typing are really reaping the rewards as we move into these labor intensive projects. Keep up the good work!
Primary Music – Mrs. Scholes
January was packed with lots of learning about the basics of the musical scale, the treble and bass clefs, and solfège. We played some really fun games to reinforce this learning, and the kids also got to utilize our music staff dry erase boards to practice these. Our focus song for the semester, which we sing at the start of each class, is Rejoice in the Lord Always, taken from Philippians 4:7. In February, we will work to sing this song in a round so that we can begin to hear the different harmonies that are created when we layer our sounds. We will also begin practicing for our spring concert music. The kids have been anxiously awaiting this!! The 2/3 Sharks and 3 Eagles also have the special treat of learning a patriotic song to sing at Grandparent’s Day in March.
Intermediate and EXCEL Music – Mrs. Morkert
We had a productive and fun-filled January! We started off the month filling out response questions to their likes/dislikes about music, what they would like to learn more about, etc. We then spent the next several weeks warming up our voices to Amazing Grace and talked through reading music and ways to use our head and chest voices. We also learned (or re-learned) the names of the notes on both the bass and treble clefs and created fun saying to remember them - learning the term mnemonic devices. We finished off each class period with some fun and friendly class competitions (Family Feud style) with who could remember the name of each note presented on a note card the fastest. February will bring us a time of practicing actually 'reading' different musical pieces, discussing time signatures, counting and rhythms, and beginning to learn our songs for the Spring Concert (and some classes preparing a piece for Grandparent’s Day). Fun times ahead!
Primary and Intermediate PE – Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Lewis
Older grades had fun learning to play handball during the month of January. Parents can look up the sport of handball. It is now a Summer Olympic Sport! Younger grades enjoyed various games of tag and a fun day with the parachute. We also played a couple favorites, Battleship and Guard the Castle, as well as a new game, Save the Forest. Halfway into the year, we finally got wise (Mrs. Miller's idea) and changed the direction we do our warm ups. Now our lines are shorter and we complete them in a quicker time, allowing more time for activities. We will be doing jump rope activities in February. February is heart health month so we like to do aerobic activity during this time and there is nothing better than jumping rope to get your heart rate up. In addition to heart health, jumping rope helps to make bones stronger. During the cold weather, we have noticed some students understandably wearing boots. Please remember to send gym shoes to change into for PE. The boots are not suitable for running or active play on the smooth gym floor. With the flu season in full swing, please remember to send a note if your child is returning from being sick or injured and needs to have their activities adjusted. Thank you, again, for the thoughtful gifts. We appreciate your children and we appreciate you!
Primary Science – Mrs. Skinner
Hello DHA Families! It has been so nice to see the students again. We began January by exploring snow and discussing what amazing things can happen in colder weather. Then we learned about the importance of hand washing, how germs can attack our body, and how our body can fight back. We ended January by learning about microscopes. We learned the parts of the microscope, explored slides and learned how to properly use the microscope. In February, I hope to begin a unit on birds. There are many events available for students to attend in the community about this subject during this time of the year. In the January 23rd Family Update, Mrs. Hess sent out a list of the upcoming bird events available in our area. I hope the students learn and enjoy our upcoming lessons. I especially hope that we could have a bird house building day sometime in the future as our unit comes to an end. If you have or know of any resources available that might help to make this happen for around 120 students please let me know. Thanks for sharing your kiddos with us!
Intermediate Science – Mrs. Champ
In January, we started learning about food chains. The students played a card game where they had to make a food chain and also made their own food chain out of construction paper. In February, we will continue to learn about food chains, what plants eat, and decomposers. We will also be dissecting owl pellets to see what owls eat and learning about different ecosystems.
Excel Science – Mrs. Ungeheier
In January, we began preparing for dissections. We learned and reviewed some of the main systems of our bodies and the similarities and differences of some animals. We discussed lab safety, dissection tools, and practiced a dissection in the lab beginning with a pickle. Each of the dissections will include sketches, labels of the outside and inside of our specimens, and any interesting facts or findings. Our first specimen will be a fish. Then, we will seek out the similarities and differences between a sheep, cow, and pig's eye.
Social Studies – Mrs. Wagner
We have been having lots of fun learning about the “Happy Days,” the 1950s. From the Hand Jive to Alaska and Hawaii joining the United States, we ended our study with a sock hop. In February, our history will take another turn as we learn about the turbulent 60s.
Primary Spanish – Mrs. Hesman
In January, we combined learning the vocabulary for pets with learning the vocabulary for buying and selling by having a "pet store." The children were able to shop for a pet and supplies for it using play money. They practiced asking "how much does it cost?" and "It costs x dollars". After practicing with this vocabulary for a few weeks, we were ready for the Mexican Market simulation! The kids loved using real money to shop for things they could keep, and were proud to donate to Samaritan's Purse. One young student hugged me and said, "Thank you for donating to Puerto Rico!" In February, we will work with family member vocabulary and the names of rooms in the home.
Intermediate Spanish – Mrs. Delaney
In January, we prepared for our Mexican Market simulation by practicing numbers through songs, videos, board games, and Bingo! Our Mexican Market day was a great success raising $252 for Samaritan's Purse for hurricane relief! Students did an excellent job using Spanish to greet one another, ask about prices, and make purchases. In February, we will learn to talk about our age, birthdays, and what we like and don't like. We will also practice a fun song and dance in Spanish for Grandparent’s Day.
Excel Spanish – Mrs. Rudeen
We had the wonderful opportunity to shift our plans and practice learning numbers and marketplace conversations in preparation for the Mexican Market on January 23rd. Students were introduced to numbers 1-100 through playing Bingo, number board games, shopping practice, writing numbers in shaving cream, one-on-one conversations, and through counting out our exercises. For the Mexican Market, students practiced asking how much something cost, what price it was, whether or not we wanted to buy it, and how much we pay for it (as seen in the photo). For February, we will shift back to games and activities that help us learn and converse about family members and rooms in a house.
EXCEL Writing – Mrs. Ellett
In January, students focused on word choice in their writing. We read a picture book that used very descriptive adjectives and strong verbs as a mentor text. We played Scattegories and other games that encouraged students to explore varied word choices. Students wrote descriptive paragraphs about a setting or character and poems celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In February, we'll transition our focus from word choice to sentence fluency. We'll be practicing various sentence structures, beginnings, and lengths. Your students are doing a fabulous job and really making strides in their writing!
Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Davenport & Mrs. Levy
The Pre-K Monkeys and Frogs had an exciting month with our Building, Engineering, and Imagining unit. We read several books that encouraged us to use our mathematical and scientific thinking. One highlight included reading The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale and building structures that had to withstand the wind (hair dryer). We worked to revise the buildings to make them as strong as possible. We also read Sky High and worked to make tall structures with marshmallows and toothpicks. Our centers revolved around this topic with a variety of building blocks and an invention station.
In December, we will be exploring all things Gingerbread People and Christmas while focusing on retelling, comparing and contrasting stories and STEM experiments.
Kindergarten - Mrs. Calton, Mrs. Puckett, & Mrs. Collins
November was filled with fun, fall learning in Kindergarten as we anxiously awaited Thanksgiving Day! We set sail aboard the Mayflower with the Pilgrims and found out what it was like for them to live at sea for months. We learned how God provided for the Pilgrims and how the Native Americans helped them hunt and plant food, like corn. We even watched popcorn pop (and of course tasted the results…yum!) Students made cute Thanksgiving crafts and took part in Thanksgiving-themed science activities like dancing popcorn! We had a blast reciting our poem, I Ate Too Much Turkey. In Bible, we read about David & Goliath and learned that nothing is too big for God. We also sang a fun song about David and loved acting out how the giant came tumbling down!
December brings anticipation of Christmas Day! This month, we will be making fun Christmas crafts, exploring how Christmas is celebrated around the world, and participating in exciting Christmas-related science activities. Most importantly we will learn the Christmas story and focus on the birth of baby Jesus as the true meaning of Christmas. We will continue to work on our songs for the winter concert and are excited to perform for our families!
1st Grade - Mrs. Gartman
In November, we learned a lot about Pilgrims and Indians. In Science, we created homemade butter. We made tepees, headdresses, and totem poles. We also had a guest speaker come in to share Indian memorabilia. In December, we will be traveling around the world as we learn how other cultures celebrate the holidays. We will learn about Germany, Mexico, and the Netherlands. In Spanish, we will continue our work with the days of the week.
Primary Art - Mrs. Wright
November was a busy time in art at DHA. We discussed the element of texture, how it applies to art and why it is important. We learned the difference in actual and implied texture and made projects using both. The 3 Eagles, 2nd, and 1st graders kicked off fall with a woodland creature project. We took advantage of the unusually warm fall weather and collected leaves, grass, and twigs outside to create our very own textured woodland animals. Thanks to your generous donation of leftover candy wrappers, we turned that trash into art with textured candy wrapper Thanksgiving turkeys. The kids picked their favorite candies and made turkeys complete with crazy google eyes. They seemed to have fun but were a little disappointed that the wrappers were empty. The 3 Eagles looked at several examples of paper food sculptures. Drawing names out of a bag to pick a partner, they drew one of several Thanksgiving dishes and created their very own paper sculpture Thanksgiving dish. Two students even made a Thanksgiving tablecloth. Look for our textured Thanksgiving spread at the DHA concert and art show coming up. While 3 Eagles were busy making paper food, 2nd grade spent two weeks making paper totem poles. We talked about implied texture and how we can make shapes to indicate texture. The kids had fun learning about Native Americans and the purpose and history of totem poles. I shared pictures of the Crazy Horse museum from my South Dakota trip that I took in September. We discussed the craftsmanship behind the Indian headdress, why Indians wore them, and how they earned their feathers. Then, we created implied texture feathers by using the Zentangle method. After the students completed their Sharpie drawings they had fun using watercolors to complete their feathers. The results were vibrant and beautiful. Several students said it was their favorite project. The 1st graders learned about Vincent VanGogh. We discussed how his thick painting techniques created actual texture. We read the book Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt and studied VanGogh's sunflower painting. Then, we used tempera paint and oil pastels to create our own sunflower. We cut these out and each student’s sunflower will be used in a class version of VanGogh’s Sunflower painting. Look for these at the DHA concert and art show. Lastly, 1st graders made textured fall trees by tearing paper to make the land, tree(s) and leaves. We talked about how paper tearing is its own special art technique and creates texture when we tear the paper as opposed to cutting it with scissors. December's element of art will be space. We'll create winter forests and learn about negative and positive space, foreground, background, and vanishing points. Looking forward to all the upcoming winter art projects and excited for the DHA concert and art show. You all have some incredible kiddos and it's a joy to teach them.
Upper Elementary Art - Mrs. Palmer
The 3rd grade class finished their Paul Klee portraits and started on their Nature Kaleidoscope project learning about the different types of Balance and utilizing radial symmetry. The 4th and 5th graders finished their Reflective Landscapes and are now working on their Abstract Sculptures. We are learning about a lot of Art Elements and Principles with this one and seeing how art can be very in depth in just a simple project, using Elements to make Patterns, working on creating Balance and visual Movement in the final 3-Dimensional work. The 6th grade class is finishing up their Color Op-Art Value project and will be starting a project on contour lines next.
Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Davenport
In October, we had a great time learning about leaves and pumpkins. For leaves, we went on a leaf hunt and then made leaf art the first week. We did an I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed some Leaves craft and talked about retelling a story. For pumpkins, we learned about the life cycle, made pumpkin volcanoes, explored the inside and outside of the pumpkins, and did a Five Little Pumpkins poem and activity, In November, we will be focusing on building and creating with different objects, such as sticks and boxes. We will learn about the process and make different types of structures. We will also be focusing on number writing and counting.
Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Levy
October's activities in the PreK Frog room focused on leaves and pumpkins. We had a great time using the scientific process with our Pumpkin Explosion experiment and doing pumpkin investigations. We also learned how to retell stories and practiced retelling the stories we read this month. Two of our favorites to retell are There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves and We're Going on a Leaf Hunt.
November is going to be another exciting month as we will become Builders, Engineers, and Architects! We'll be working together on many STEM activities and relating literature to each activity. Another focus will be number formation as we've gotten so great at number recognition!
October was a month full of learning about creepy crawly spiders, crunchy leaves, and gooey pumpkins. Science was fun as students brought in spiders and observed them and even named a few of them. Along with learning about real spiders, we had a blast making spiders with our hand prints and weaving our own spiderwebs! Going on an outdoor adventure and observing leaves and how they change color was a big hit and also a beautiful breath of fresh air after a day full of learning. Pumpkin Observation time was SUCH a hit and students were both grossed out and enthralled with the pumpkin innards as they each had the hands-on experience of touching them. Lots of giggling and exclamations of "eww" filled our rooms as we talked about, touched, and even carved our silly pumpkins. Most importantly, we learned about Noah and the Flood and the beautiful promise God gave to him in the sky and what it means for us.
October is gone and November fills us with anticipation of the Holidays. We will be going back in time to the trip made on the Mayflower and learning about the First Thanksgiving ever!
In October, we learned family and house words in Spanish. We conducted many experiments in Science that explored chlorophyll in leaves. We continued our leaf unit in Art as we discussed lines. In Social Studies, we discussed presidency and the election process. Then we finished our unit with a class election!
In November, we will be learning body parts in Spanish. In Science, we will focus our attention on force/motion as we create push/pull experiments. Our Social Studies and Art will be combined as we explore Pilgrims and Indians.
In October, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3 Eagles learned about the element of line and how we can find lines in everyday objects. We read several great books including, A Line Can Be by Laura Ljungkvist and Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman. Another great book to read with your child would be Harold and the Purple Crayon. We did many fun projects including 3D paper "sculptures" where we cut and glued different colored strips of paper of different lengths and widths to white card stock. This encouraged us to sharpen our cutting skills and taught us that lines can be thick, thin, curly, straight, etc. We also did a yarn and contact paper art project. The kids really enjoyed making their own yarn "paintings." Finally, we finished up by reading the book, If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most and made our own illustrations which further emphasized our line making ability. We identified ways that Bernard Most used lines to make shadows instead of large blocks of color to emphasis shadows. Also, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3 Eagles worked on a collaborative top secret string art project that will be revealed at the Christmas program. November is a wonderful time to introduce texture. I have many wonderful projects that feature Mother Nature in all her splendor. Looking forward to seeing what your little artist creates.
Landscapes were our focus in October for grades 3-5 and the Art Element Value for 6th.
In November, the 3rd graders will learn about the artist Paul Klee and the Elements of texture, shape, and color and the principles of balance and emphasis. We will create a portrait in the style of his work with some special touches. If we have time left in the month, we will begin our Symmetrical Kaleidoscopes.
The 4th and 5th grade classes will finish up their reflection landscapes and begin their Patterned Sculpture. We will learn about 3-Dimensional art and look at works of sculpture and the thought process that goes into designing a 3-D work versus a 2-D work. We will discuss the elements of line, shape, color, form, space and the principles of balance, proportion, variety, movement, and rhythm.
The 6th grade class will continue their value project, but we have decided to change it from our previous project. Instead of shading forms, we will create an abstract illusion using color and value to create the illusion of depth in our project. We will discuss the elements line, color, form, space, and value and the principles of balance, movement, rhythm, and harmony. If we have time in the month, we will begin one-point perspective so get those ruler skills ready!
I will also be collecting bottles of clear nail polish for a later 6th grade project. New, old, half empty, or thickened bottles will work fine. I'll have a box by the DHA desk for anyone to drop them off or your student can bring them to class.
Computers - Mrs. Selaya
Hopefully, everyone enjoyed sharing their Google Forms! I enjoyed getting to know the 3Eagles class this month.
This month, in addition to finishing up forms, we moved to new seats, quizzed over forms, and started our stock portfolio. This next month, we are going to learn more in spreadsheets and databases, plus the really fun part -- seeing the values of our portfolios change. We also learned the login and passwords for the 'Typing Races' typing app through Google Chrome. All work done shows on my teacher portal, so they can work on that at home if they have access to a computer.
Upper Elementary Music - Mrs. Scholes
We started working on our Christmas program music in October. Each week, we also discovered fun ways to learn and reinforce our musical knowledge with games of basketball, creating original compositions using Boomwackers, and doing silly breathing exercises, and we even enjoyed the beautiful autumn weather with a game outside!
In November, we will concentrate on our Christmas program and implement the solos and speaking parts chosen. Kids will learn the importance of these wonderful songs, the biblical history surrounding the Christmas story, and how to bring our best offering of worship before our King.
Primary PE - Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Lewis
We took advantage of the nice October weather and played kickball and worked on soccer skills outside. We had so much fun with soccer games we did not get to stations, so we will incorporate them in November. We will also play handball which is similar to basketball. You may have seen handball played in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Thank you for notes letting us know when your child should not participate. We are thankful to the Lord for the privilege of teaching in an environment that celebrates our Christian view. Happy Thanksgiving!
Upper Elementary PE - Mrs. Miller
October was such a great month! We were blessed with such awesome weather every Tuesday which provided us opportunities to move outside! Our outside activities included soccer drills, kickball, and tag games.
In the gym, we played a couple of new fun games! One was a lead-up soccer game called Pin Soccer. In Pin Soccer, students get the chance to dribble with the ball and aim for a bowling pin in the goal. The other new game we played was called Tap Ball. Tap Ball is a mixture of soccer, basketball, and football all in one game!
Because of our good fortune with the weather in October, we ran out of time for Fitness Stations, so we plan on moving them into November. Fitness Stations allow students to try a multitude of activities in one class period.
We will also begin a Team Handball Unit in November. Team Handball is an Olympic sport where seven players pass a ball aiming at the goal of the opposing team. It is similar to soccer, but players use their hands rather than feet. It is also a great lead up to basketball (which we will do in December) because it includes dribbling, passing, and teamwork. November will be a productive month! As always thank you for sharing your children with us!
Primary Science - Mrs. Skinner
Hi, everyone! We have had some fun filled Tuesdays in science! Thanks for sharing your kiddos with me! Our animal unit is coming to an end. Your kiddos have learned about food chains, habitats, classification, special traits God gave animals, and animal tracks. Students took a break one week to learn through candy experiments! It was a 'sweet' day! We are very excited about our animal day on November 8th! Thank you so much for signing up to share your animals and for helping me keep those with allergies safe.
November 15th, we will begin our forces and motion unit. We will explore this unit using many things the kids have shared about and enjoy. I hope to incorporate Legos, sports, Pokémon, cars, balloons, and art!
Upper Elementary Science - Mrs. Spoolstra
We had fun this month finishing up the Scientific Method and moving on to Geology! We explored the difference between rocks and minerals and broke open geodes. Next we learned the 3 types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) and created our own 'rocks' with starbursts. It was definitely a memorable experiment! We will continue our rock unit into November. We'll learn about the rock cycle, extracting minerals, and the layers of the earth.
Social Studies - Mrs. Wagner
We have been having fun learning about our country and how it works. We began by making a United States Flag using our footprints and handprints. Everyone learned to recite the "Pledge of Allegiance." We have also been studying about our Constitution. Everyone illustrated the "three branches" of government when they created a tree with the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches. We also made a Branches flipbook. The "3 Branches" dice game has been popular also. The next two weeks, we will register to vote and think about what it would be like to be the President. Finally, there will be a "Mock Election Day" on November 8th. We will vote for our favorite way to eat corn and tally the ballots. We will end our unit with reading "God Bless Our Country" and thanking God for our country. The last three weeks of November, we will be having fun experiencing our county the way the pioneer children did. We will compare life today with the life of pioneer children. Some of our activities will include making a classroom quilt, having a quilting bee, making corn husk dolls, and log cabins. If there are any parents or grandparents that enjoy quilting, I'd like to invite you to come and share with our classes. Just let me know. I'd like to begin the study on November 15th with a demonstration of quilts and how they are made.
Primary Spanish - Mrs. Hesman
We worked a lot on body parts this month through several different learning games! We also learned how to ask "Where is..." by playing a game where we had to find the calabaza (pumpkin). As well as continuing to review and practice past learning (counting, days of week, months, greetings), we will be learning names of foods and family members in November. Be sure to ask your student to share some of their newly acquired vocabulary around the dinner table this Thanksgiving!
Upper Elementary Spanish - Mrs. Patton
¡Hola estudiantes y familias de DHA!
We have had so much fun this month finishing up animals and colors, introducing seasons and months of the year, and learning all about Mexico's "Day of the Dead" tradition, their food, music, and family gatherings that make this Mexican celebration special. We also took the last few weeks of October to learn about parts of the body (with a paper skeleton).
In November, we're going to spend some time focusing on thankfulness. We'll learn new vocabulary to help us talk about family members and friends. We'll learn adjectives as well as the difference between masculine and feminine words. I'm looking forward to more Spanish fun with your kiddos in the coming months!
EXCEL Art - Mr. Voyles
In October, the kids finished their Zentangle portraits. We learned to create visual rhythms by exploring different shape patterns. We added color to our portraits and complementary color patterns to enhance our compositions. Bringing value, shape, line, and color together, we were very pleased with the outcome of our work. In November, we plan on moving on to still-life drawings. We will begin our still-life drawings by learning to create an image from a dark piece of paper while building up lighter colors as we create more three-dimensional images. This will be a mixed media project, using pencils, colored pencils, chalk pastels, and oil pastels as well as markers and pens.
EXCEL Music/Drama - Mrs. James
There is so much going on in our Music and Drama class! After we had auditions, I cast everyone in our musical showcase that we will perform in December. Each student has at least one spoken line, and there are several who have solos as well. We have learned about different voice types, how to practice good diction, what it means to "block" a show, and how to create interesting pictures on stage. We have staged two songs for our showcase, and in November, we will continue blocking, singing, and rehearsing for our showcase as well as learning important voice and theater techniques.
EXCEL Science - Mrs. Snyder
We were able to explore motion with our models of Newton's Cradle, an egg car, a Hero's Engine, and a hover craft. Students learned that it is difficult to separate the motion into one of Newton's Three Laws. It was very interesting to watch students work together to create a car that would carry an egg down a ramp without breaking it. The best part was that no two cars were the same, and each group had their own unique design.
November will see a big change in our weather as we enter into mid-fall. Students will explore the orbital eccentricity of our solar system while we examine the "why" of seasonal changes. Along with the concept of seasons, students will explore why we have day and night and why we measure a year as three hundred and sixty-five days.
Pre-Kindergarten - Mrs. Davenport
In September, we talked about starting school and what that looks like in our classroom. We worked on shapes and read several books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We did some alphabet activities to go with the book, a craft, and had a special snack. In science, we predicted and discovered whether particular items would sink or float, learned about our five senses and coconuts, and tested an apple volcano. We talked about how God made us special and how He gave us our five senses.
In October, we will spend two weeks focusing on leaves. We will be going on a leaf hunt and sorting leaves. We will also be making leaf art and leaf prints. Our centers will be about leaves and Fall as well. We will then spend the last two weeks talking about pumpkins, exploring pumpkins inside and out while investigating them and talking about their life cycle. Our activities involving math, science, literacy, and Bible will be so much fun!
September was a busy month in the Frog room! In math, we learned to identify shapes and played several games to help us with this skill. Our favorites included Shape Bean Bag Toss and making shapes with play dough.
The preschool scientists learned all about color mixing. We explored this concept by mixing liquid watercolors, vinegar, and baking soda. Not only did the colors mix, but it was amazing to watch the vinegar and baking soda reactions. Of course, we recorded this information in scientific journals.
We also studied the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We played math games related to the book and used our five senses to explore a real coconut. We are working very hard to recognize and write our names.
In October, we will be exploring all things leaves and pumpkins! The big concepts that we'll work on during this month are retelling stories, and the science behind leaves and pumpkins.
It's hard to believe that we have already had 5 fun weeks of school together! In September we focused on Johnny Appleseed. We compared the true facts to tall tales! True or False? Butternut Squash was a main part of John Chapman’s winter diet? We learned a fun poem about apples and a cute song about the Appleman, made some amazing art and crafts. We studied the life cycle of the apple tree and experimented with our tastebuds during our Apple Science lessons (YUM). We are already working hard on new songs for our winter concert. We love Mrs. Calton's guitar! Show and Tell is always a highlight in our month and helps us learn to respect others. In October we will be focusing on fall leaves, pumpkins and spiders! It sounds like a tangled web of fun to me!
In September, we began learning our numbers and colors in Spanish. We will continue to review these as we add on family and house vocabulary.
In Art, we have worked with primary and secondary colors. As we move forward, we will begin discussing lines as part of the seven elements of art.
Apples have been our main focus for Science. We've discussed oxidation, built structures, and experimented with sink and float. In October, we will be working with leaves and begin our stem activities.
In Social Studies, we have worked on building classroom community as well as discussing parts of our community and community helpers. We will move forward with learning about the three branches of government and the election process.
September was a busy and fun month in Art. Third grade played an art beach ball game and refreshed our art knowledge. Second grade learned about the painting techniques of Jackson Pollock and then created their own "drip painting" by spray painting their own work of art. First graders learned about our primary colors and made our secondary colors with icing. Pretzel sticks were our paintbrushes, and the students got to eat their icing "paint." We also learned about color values. Third graders made paint chip cities. Second grade made monochromatic shape paintings and first grade did value ice cream cones. First grade parents, please be looking for the parts to this painting to come home for kids to finish at home if they'd like. We also read a great book by Herve Tullet called Mix It Up. It's an interactive book that teaches colors and their values. The kids LOVED It. Other great books that you could read at home are Ish by Peter H Reynolds and Dot by Peter H Reynolds. In October, we will begin working on the element of line. You all have some incredibly artistic kids, and I'm looking forward to more great projects in October.
In September, 3rd graders created Impressionist Sunflowers inspired by the works of van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe. We used color to create value and texture using oil pastels with a loose coloring and blending technique.
The 4th and 5th graders' project was a Fall Aspen Tree. We learned the different parts of a landscape and about using a horizon line to divide the page which can be moved to change the view of the picture. We used a variety of painting techniques to create our paintings. We discussed warm and cool colors and created contrast using them next to and over each other.
In 6th grade, we are studying value and learning how to create value scales using pencil and sharpie pens to create value with a smooth and textured appearance.
For October, the 3rd graders will create a landscape inspired by The Impressionists. We will be learning the different parts of a landscape. We are going to learn how to use value to help create emphasis in our painting and create tints and shades. We will use a combination of tempera and watercolor paint.
The 4th and 5th graders will be reinforcing their knowledge of the different parts of landscape and creating a reflection of our landscape on water. (Which we are drawing upside down!) We are learning that size, color, and placement of objects in our landscape help to create visual depth and create the illusion of distance on a flat surface. We will use oil pastels to color in our landscape.
The 6th graders will continue their work on value. We are working on creating the illusion of a 3-dimensional object on a flat surface using value. We will create a simple still life using geometric objects and shading in their value.
What a fantastic start to the year! I enjoyed meeting all our new students and getting to see our returning students. We jumped right into Google Forms and covered all the parts, pieces, and the purposes behind it. In October, after a thorough review of proper typing technique, we will dive into Google Fusion Tables, exploring database and the relationships between data or bits of information.
Primary Music - Mrs. Sapp
What fun we have had in September's music classes! :-) Students learned our music class expectations and they already impress me with their words and motions for two of our December music concert songs. Wow! :-) Specifically, we learned what number we are each assigned for our seats and backpacks, how our class can earn 3 smiley faces so Chelsea the puppet can come out to help teach our music class, and finally, we learned our first and last concert songs, "Create In Me" which is available for parents to listen to at this link: http://wordmusic.com/kidz/non-seasonal/psalms-psongs.html and "O Come Let Us Adore Him."
In October, we'll continue infusing our bodies, voices, and minds with God's pure Word through more movement and music, adding "Praise The Lord, My Soul" (with a boy's rapper crew and a rapper solo) and "How Majestic is Your Name," both of which are available to listen to and order for your own practice at home through this link: http://wordmusic.com/kidz/non-seasonal/psalms-psongs.html
What fun it is to move, make music, use our voices in healthy, beautiful ways to glorify God, and to make new friends in DHA Primary Music! :-)
We started off the year learning the basics of music. The kids showed their knowledge of note values through Legos, raced to the correct notes on giant music staffs, and walked up a giant keyboard singing the notes. We also made music with boom whackers and enjoyed rewarding ourselves with a sweet treat by playing a musical note name challenge using candy corn.
In October, we will begin working on our Christmas program music and hold auditions during class for speaking parts and solos.
September was a month of getting used to routines and playing games. We learned our warm-up routine and safety rules for the gym. We enjoyed playing kickball outside and playing Guard the Castle, a favorite game.
October will be fun learning (large motor) kicking skills with drills for soccer. We will institute fitness stations which utilize a variety of activities to improve both fine and gross motor skills as well as cardiovascular.
Thank you for remembering to send your children in tennis shoes. Also, as we head into the cold and flu season, please send a note for the PE teacher if your child is recovering from illness and may need to adapt their activity level.
It is a joy teaching your child.
I had such a great time in September getting to meet our new DHA students and catching up with former DHA students! We spent some of our time going over rules and procedures to ensure a smooth, successful school year! We also had time to learn our Physical Education warm-up and play a couple of fan favorite games like Guard the Castle and Two Base Kickball.
Next month, we plan to have fun with some Fitness Stations! Fitness stations provide a great avenue for students to improve overall physical fitness and health, stay active the entire class period, and increase exposure to a wide variety of different activities! We offer fitness stations such as scooter activities, basketball, volleyball, jump rope, and more!
In October, we will also begin a soccer unit. In our soccer unit, we will learn skills such as dribbling, passing, and trapping. At the end of the unit, we will engage in game-like situations with lead-up games.
As the weather is getting more Fall like, please send students with a jacket. As weather permits, I love to get the students outside to practice skills! As always, thank you for sharing your blessings with me!
Hello DHA families! Primary science has been such a fun class for me as a teacher! I hope your children are enjoying it as well. All through September, we learned about God’s creation starting with atoms. We moved on to rocks and minerals and opened our own geodes. The later part of the month, we explored trees. We learned the importance of trees, the parts of a tree, how to care for a tree, and the process of photosynthesis. Trees are great habitats and so the children also learned what a habitat is and what an animal must have in order to survive.
Next month, we will be exploring animals from their food chains to foot prints. I hope to have a day that the children are able to, with your help, bring in their animals from home to share with the class. I would love to be notified of any special allergies before this happens. If your child has any allergy to any type of animal, please e-mail me at email@example.com by October 15 so I can plan accordingly. Please include your child’s name and class, as well as if they can be around the animal with no contact or other helpful things I would need to know in order for this to be safe and fun. I will create a SignUpGenius for the classes after I have the info needed. A note will come home after October 15th with the sign-up information.
Thanks for your partnership and for sharing your amazing children!
We've kicked off the year by learning about the Scientific Method. Ask your child what 6 steps this includes. We've been asking a question each week, making hypotheses, and testing them out. Some of our questions so far have included: Will the material of a paper airplane affect the distance it travels? and Can you pour water from one cup to another without placing the cup directly above it? We learned about cohesion and adhesion in the "traveling water" experiment. It made some classes wonder if this would work with other liquids such as milk, juice, or soda.
In October, we'll continue doing some fun, hands-on experiments focusing on using the steps of the Scientific Method. This will include: Does the temperature of the water affect how fast the color coating dissolves from an M&M? and What factors make an Alka-Seltzer tablet dissolve the fastest? We'll keep you posted on the results!
Building a Community was the theme for our first month together. Students made objects from Play-Doh to introduce themselves. We learned all about communities: what is a community, citizens, and types of communities (urban, suburban, and rural). After reading “City Mouse and Country Mouse,” we focused on how they are alike and different. Students made houses and buildings to create a community. They had committees to work on street construction and beautification, and the building inspectors helped to make sure the buildings would pass code. Groups in third grade decided to either make an urban, suburban, or rural community. After our big community project, students created maps to represent their own community.
Since it is a big election year, the month of October will be spent learning how our country's government works and how a democracy operates. We will conduct our own “Mock Election” on Election Day.
Hola! We have covered so much in Spanish in just five classes! We have worked on our ABC's and 123's, asking for one's name, and then answering them back. We have practiced using morning, afternoon, and evening greetings, recited calendar vocabulary, such as days of the week and months of the year, expressed feelings, and started learning colors. We have played group games and practiced intentional listening skills by listening for newly learned vocabulary in Spanish cartoons! It's been one action packed month!!!
In October, we will continue reviewing what we have been learning and add body parts to the list! We will celebrate the beauty of Autumn by learning weather and fall-themed vocabulary and learning some important phrases, such as how to ask, "Where is the ...?" Sounds like lots more fun is on the way!
We have had so much fun starting out the year in Spanish class! We've learned how to share our names and how we're feeling. We also learned numbers one through ten, colors, and several animals. In my class, your students have been playing lots of games, making projects, and engaging with new vocabulary in a scavenger hunt around the building.
In October, we're focusing on calendar vocabulary and Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration. I'm looking forward to sharing some neat Mexican culture and connecting our calendar conversation with holidays and celebrations in the States and in Spanish-speaking countries. Thanks for practicing at home, and I hope your students continue to learn a lot and have loads of fun!
EXCEL Art - Mr. Voyles
In September, the EXCEL Art Class began its exploration into the elements of art. A commonly used list of the main elements include: form, shape, line, color, value, space, and texture. One of the ways we are exploring the elements of art is with the use of the Zentangle method. The Zentangle method is focused on creating pattern designs. It requires focused attention with a formulaic use of composition method and pattern. Just as we learn that there are colors that complement one another, we also learn that shapes can complement one another as well. I use the analogy of composing a piece of music with the kids. With the right composition of spaces between the notes and the intensity of the notes, you create a wonderful composition. The same could be true in regards to the visual arts when viewing an artwork. The use of the Zentangle method increases focus and creativity and provides artistic satisfaction to the artist. Many times the Zentangle designs are unplanned; however, the method of Zentangle patterns and relationships can be applied to other aspects of designed art concepts. This aspect of learning a Zentangle makes it definitively different than just a doodle. We plan to continue the Zentangle method in exploring the elements of art throughout the school year. I have been very pleased with the results of our students' work, and I think you will be as well when we display them later in the year.
EXCEL English & History - Mrs. Rose
This month in 7th and 8th/9th English, we have focused on the foundations of English: parts of speech. Students broke apart sentences and identified each word and how it functioned. In October, we will be covering grammar rules and starting our first essay.
This month in 7th & 8th/9th History/Literature, we focused on Ancient Civilizations. The students created their own language, learned about hero stories, created their own hero, researched Ancient Egypt, and presented their research to class. In October, we will cover the Roman Empire.
Music and Drama class has been very busy this first month of the school year! We have explored the basics of theater blocking and the fundamentals of good singing, including posture and breath support. We have learned several "warm ups" that we sing each class before we begin working on our music for the Christmas showcase. For our showcase, we will be performing songs and skits from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In order for me to cast our showcase, each student performed a song and monologue from this musical for their audition. Next month, we will continue exploring theater and voice fundamentals as well as rehearsing the script for our showcase.
We started September by learning the Inquiry Process in science. We followed the procedure while we evaluated which bubblegum produced the best bubbles. Hubba Bubba is usually the winner. Next we used the inquiry process to see how many drops of water would fit on a penny. I think students were surprised by the number of water droplets that actually fit on the penny. They discovered the "cohesion" of water molecules was stronger than they first hypothesized (46 was the highest count). I enjoyed their conversations about how to increase the number of drops after each trial. October will be busy with Newton's Three Laws of Motion with the building of a Newton's Cradle, An Egg Car, a Disc Hovercraft, and a Hero's Engine. (P.S. We could use some caps from pop up reusable sports bottles.) I am having a blast working with students again and enjoy their sense of humor and thirst for knowledge.
EXCEL Spanish - Mrs. Mitchell
¡Hola! ¿Cómo están? ¡Bienvenidos! Mi casa es su casa. These are just a few examples of the things that we have been learning this month in EXCEL Spanish! We started this school year by going back to the basics of Spanish. In order to allow any children who have not studied Spanish in the past a chance to catch up, we have spent the month of September working on the Spanish alphabet, colors, days of the week, months of the year, basic phrases, and the basics of verb conjugating. We have had so much fun playing games each week to help retain the information that we have learned in class, and as a teacher, I am happy to note the progress each week! This upcoming month, we will be taking a more in depth look at Spanish verbs and working on more vocabulary and how to conjugate them as well as studying the culture of Peru! Until next month, ¡Saludos! Señora Mitchell
April was filled with learning about the Fruit of the Spirit, fine-tuning our handwriting, learning how to form words, watching our tiny caterpillars grow and transform into gorgeous butterflies, learning about lots of different bugs, and lots of practicing for our upcoming graduation!
May is upon us and we are looking forward to learning about plants and insects. We will be finishing up our handwriting activities, and fine tuning a few things as we prepare for graduation and the close of the year. Our little Kindergartners will graduate on to become next year’s first graders and summer will be upon us soon!
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