November 14, 2017

Campfire Stories


November 2, 2017

LEDP 1st Grade October 2017 Newsletter

 
In our second month of LEDP 1st Grade we have been very busy doing lots of different educational and fun activities. We have also been enjoying the beautiful fall weather outside before the colder winter months arrive. 
 
Our 1st Grade welcomed the LEDP 4/5/6 Mentors as they taught us two new gym games called, "Which Would You Rather?"and "Knock Them Down With Cones".  The 1st graders enjoyed playing the new games with the older group and also making new friends. They are excited to do many different projects with the mentors when they visit monthly throughout the year.
 
We have worked on various Art, Math, and Science activities in October. We have continued our Fall Art Activities by studying fall animals making chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, and skunks using crayons, paint, paper and oil pastels. We also studied Native American customs while learning about and reading stories/legends like “Arrow to the Sun” and “Love Flute” and the crops they grew to eat like cocoa, corn, berries and pineapples. At the end of the month, we learned about the pumpkin life cycle, carved a pumpkin, made crazy Jack-O-Lanterns using paper, created their own pumpkin mask, used baking soda and vinegar to make fizzy pumpkins.  The 1st graders had fun doing Halloween projects such as cotton ball ghosts, handprint spiders, paper bag monster puppets, and creating a mummy or bat from our story.  The students did a couple of Math projects, estimating and then counting how many pumpkin seeds were in our Jack-O-Lantern (505), addition domino game, apple fractions, and estimating how many popcorn kernels were in a jar (45).  We also did a few Science activities such as using a scale to measure fractions of apples and whole apples, made paint by pounding berries, corn, spinach and red onion, and created a pumpkin volcano using baking soda then adding vinegar to see the chemical reaction oozing out of the Jack-O- Lantern, made predictions about the magnetic force of classroom objects and then testing to see the results.
 
1st graders have also bonded and made new friendships on the playground.   They enjoy playing on the structure, swinging on the tire swing, and playing tag with their friends. We ‘re very happy seeing how much FUN the boys and girls are having together!
 
Reminder: We provide snacks but the children are always welcome to bring a snack from home also in case they do not like what we are serving.  We usually try to provide fruits and vegetables because of nut allergies in our class. Please make sure if you do send a snack from home that it is a nut free snack!
 
Please contact us by email at Mary_gardiner@psbma.org or call us at 617-879-4379 if your child will not be attending LEDP due to illness, change in schedule, play date etc. or change of pickup.  If we don’t hear from you about a change we will call you with any questions.  Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns between 1-2pm daily.
 
LEDP will be closed on Friday November 10th for professional development.
 
LEDP will be closing at 4pm on Wednesday November 22nd 
LEDP will be closed on Thursday November 23rd and Friday November 24th   for Thanksgiving!
 
Early Release dates: Tuesday, November 14th
                                           Wednesday, November 29h
1st Graders who are scheduled for that day will come to us at 12:40pm
                                           
We are looking forward to another great month with LEDP 1st Grade!
 
                                               Karen, Jackie, and Kara

November 2, 2017

Art activities


October 25, 2017

Pumpkin Life Cycle, Pumpkin Masks, Playing games, Building