September 12, 2013

We have started off the year with the novel "The Trumpet of the Swan" by E. B. White. So far, we have gone on line and examined how Trumpeter Swans make their nests and what the environmental concerns are for these birds.  This book lends itself to discussions around empathy, the fragile nature of these birds and even a little romance.  In addition, this book lends itself to studying the migratory patterns.  It's also a great way to integrate math such as graphing and mapping these patterns into the curriculum,.  We just finished making origami swans which are beautiful.  You are welcome to visit our class at any time. 

Homework is given depending on the needs of the child. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school and I will return your call promptly.    

En francais
Bonjour!  Comment ca va?  Please ask your kids to respond to that question daily.  The answers might surprise you.  You probably know by now that students in class 350 and 352 are given a new vocabulary list each Monday.  They are required to study the list as they are tested on them on Friday.  Once we complete our introductory unit which includes numbers, the weather, greetings, clothes and parts of the body, there will be a unit test and an opportunity for each child to present themselves en francais in front of the class.  

In addition, we have been studying Claude Monet.  The children have started a sketch to mimic his work which they will be presenting en francais in the next 3 - 4 weeks.  

As you have probably guessed, the french program moves quickly and the students need to keep up with the pace.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the program, and I will get back to you promptly.