We had an awesome time last week in Rhode Island at Nature’s Classroom! Despite some intense overnight rain and winds and two days with no power, our kids were enthusiastic and inspired. They participated in many nature-centered activities, from shark and squid dissection, to natural tie-dyeing, creating their own field guides, making shelters, learning about camouflage, cracking open geodes, and more.
The class also got to participate in many team-building activities. These collective tasks challenged our students to think about creative solutions and to work collectively. It was fun to watch them come together and share triumphs when they succeeded in figuring out a pattern or completed a “mission.”
They also participated in a Night Hike, a chance to explore the outdoors with absolutely no light to guide them, which culminated with, what else? A campfire and s’mores : )
*I’d like to mention that we really missed Clay, who was off having his own adventures in Scotland. We’re glad to have everyone back and rolling along into fall in fifth grade.
In housekeeping news, a reminder that our first Passport to Reading (PTR) assignment is due next Wednesday, October 30th. Please note the date change. I have checked in with each student to be sure they have a plan and have begun their projects. Most of the tasks have multiple components, so it’s important that they give themselves enough time to do their best work.
I’m looking forward to checking in with parents next week for conferences. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with any triumphs, challenges, or concerns. Enjoy the slideshow!
Closing out the schoolyear with our last package of PenPal letters, sent + received!
Bonjour to all,
Today we have posted our final letters/drawings/ origami art to our friends in France, wishing them a bon été and telling them a little bit about what we will each be doing this summer.
It has been an enriching and heartwarming experience for us all, students and teacher alike! I am amazed to see the instant connection formed between these students, a true comradery, having never met nor spoken, and living an ocean away!
What has amazed me most is to see the spark in my student’s eyes and their eagerness to understand the letters that their French friends are writing, and to be able to write back to them. It has been a great motivator for our curriculum, to see the words and phrases put into use for basic communication.
It has also been enriching to learn more about the Montessori School of Uzès; what their school is like, what subjects they are studying in class, and to get to know their school pets (chickens): Abricot, Black and Grissette!
I also take pride in sharing information about our school. I included a copy of our 2018-19 yearbook with our envelope of letters shipping out today, to share a glimpse of what our school year at BCD looks like! The traditions and special events that we honor, the organized sports that are played here, and the field trips that are taken.
I look forward to continuing this PenPal exchange with the 4th and 5th graders next school year, and incorporating this project into other grade levels as well!
I’ve uploaded some new pictures to our BCD photo 2018-19 French @ BCD album! …
By BCD Blog|2019-05-31T13:23:40-05:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Grade 4, Grade 5|Comments Off on Closing out the schoolyear with our last package of PenPal letters, sent + received!
Last chance for summer reading materials in French through Bayard-Milan!
Bonjour tout le monde,
Tomorrow, May 15th, I will have a table of sample materials from the French language publishing house, Bayard-Milan, on display for your consideration in the Learning Commons.
My hope is that parents and families of students of all ages at BCD will stop by during or after school to peruse the selections, and consider subscribing to a magazine for your child for some enriching summer reading in French!
From Pre-school through Gr.9, there is something for everyone!
The samples on display will be organized by level and age, and include a plethora of themes, styles, and layouts. Please check out the link below for more information on the different magazines offered, per age.
What is Bayard-Milan? … “We are journalists, graphic designers, early childhood education professionals, employees or freelancers … for forty years we have chosen to put our readers at the center of our editorial thinking. Listening to them, understanding them, astonishing them, nourishing them with inspirational works and accompanying them at each stage of their lives.”
Here’s a short excerpt on the mission of Bayard-Milan:
“More than anything, today as for yesterday, we have a duty of promoting enchantment in the younger generation. And in this particular situation where our magazines are not the voice of parents or teachers, but of caring accomplices, we can highlight the positive force that exists in everyone and in the many situations one encounters in life. And when you have the chance to live through words, thanks to talented creators, characters who can embody all their life experiences, it’s as if we invent small lights that will mark the lives of children and which they are will remember for a long time.”
Please carve out a few minutes tomorrow to check out the selection of Foreign Language materials in the Learning Commons, for all grade levels and interests!
P.s for all inquiries concerning subscriptions, please refer directly to the US agent for Bayard-Milan ;