The 1/2 and 5/6 classes recently spent a few days camping. The trip was designed to strengthen classroom community, challenge comfort zones, exercise critical thinking skills, train 5/6 students with facilitation skills so they could practice creating an environment in which 1/2 could feel comfortable participating in the trip, and to help students learn about landfills, as part of our year-long sustainability theme. Fifth and sixth graders took photos throughout the trip. Enjoy them here.
The chilly air and falling leaves have the Kindergartners so excited about fall, and they can’t wait for the little piles of leaves to get bigger. There are definitely plans for jumping in the making! Students in Tr. Mingh’s class shared some of their autumn adventures during Gathering on October 24. Tr Narissa’s class will lead Gathering on November 7. Both classes walked to Tr. Joan March’s house, where they heard a fall poem, had a fall snack, explored different seeds, and saw an actual leaf man.
The Pre-Kindergarten has been learning about the harvest this fall. Students sliced apples, watched them cook and used a food mill to make applesauce. Then they learned about corn: they examined a corn stalk, learned about different types of corn, shucked corn cobs, and tasted corn on the cob. Later, students sorted leaves they'd brought in, sorting by size, shape and color and then graphed the number of leaves by color.
The first and second grade classes visited the Wagner Free Institute to partake in their program about butterflies and moths. The students looked closely at the Institute's preserved specimens and participated in a scavenger hunt related to butterflies and moths in the museum gallery.
The classes have ben hosting monarch caterpillars and silkworm caterpillars this fall. The silkworm caterpillars have begun spinning their cocoons. Students observed the caterpillars building silk webs and then spining the oval cocoons around their bodies. Many checked on the progress throughout the day.
On October 6, the third and fourth grade class visited Tyler Arboretum to learn more about the lifestyle of the Lenni Lenape several hundred years ago. The students learned about foodways and clothing and played several games before journaling about their morning at Tyler.
On Wednesday, October 15, a special guest visited the fifth and sixth grade class. Corrie Kanter-Bontenbal shared her story about growing up during World War II. She lived in two different towns in Holland that were bombed and occupied during the war. For a time, just after the war, Corrie Kanter-Bontenbal was a student at LFS, and she says that she values the friendships she made while she was here.
On Friday, September 19, Lansdowne Friends marked the International Day of Peace with an all-school gathering and a parade around campus with our enormous peace dove puppet, carried by sixth grade students.
Kindergarten practiced saying "gracias" and "de nada" with resident alligator Senor Caiman.
"You have to throw to your teammates. Everyone needs a turn."
"Do you need help?"
"You can go first!"
These quotes are just a sampling of the ones Tr. Jill noticed last week. These inclusive, respectful, encouraging, and honest statements are signposts of a healthy sense of community growing in the 1/2 classrooms. Community fluorishes when its members feel a sense of belonging.