HomeSchool: October 8 - 12

Hello and happy fall! We had another week of learning, growing, fun, and adventure! We learned how frogs are viewed by different cultures around the world. We played a frog card match game, talked about the differences between frogs and toads, put together a rainforest tree frogs floor puzzle, and jumped our best broad jumps in the Frog Leap math activity. We lined up the stages of a frog's life cycle. We read a frog alphabet book and chose the amphibian that each of us is going to research. 

Logan gave her Great States! presentation on Hawaii as a puppet show complete with big surf, active volcanoes, nenes, and hula dancers! We completed the detail painting on our talking sticks, sprayed them with a matte acrylic sealer to make them weather-proof, and used sinew to add feathers, seeds, and beads. After the heavy rains and rising creeks this week, we hiked to 4 points along Little Noonday to check the water levels. We saw a paper wasp nest from a distance and a yellow jacket nest up close! Our students showed great bravery on Thursday and received Courage Awards from Ki Jasmine. 

Thank you to Ki Patrick for providing the materials for our talking sticks. Thank you to Ki Kelly and Ki Julia for helping with the talking sticks project. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to come in for our parent/teacher conferences. Please let me know anytime if you have more questions or suggestions.

For the take-home project this season, each student will bring home 3 pieces of masterbook paper. They should use one sheet to draw and color their amphibian. They should use the second to paint their amphibian. And they use the third sheet to answer these questions:

What is the common name and nickname (if any) of your amphibian?

How big is your amphibian?

How would you describe it?

What is one cool adaptation that it has?

Where does it live?

What does it eat?

What are the stages of its life cycle?

What does it do in winter?

Is it common or rare?

How is is affected by humans?

Here are the amphibians that we chose:

Ari: olm

Bear: goliath frog

Brolin: crested newt

Christopher: caecilian

Elsu: not sure yet

Helene: southern leopard frog

Logan: African tree frog

Lucan: zig-zag salamander

Ollie: red-eyed tree frog

Ki Sonya: hellbender

The Amphibians take-home project is due Tuesday, November 6th and we will do our presentations to the class that morning. In your practice, be sure to emphasize these public speaking skills: standing, facing your audience, making eye contact, projecting your voice, holding your paper so that everyone in the audience can see it, and, my favorite, exuding enthusiasm for your subject.

Here are the new songs we are singing together:

This is one I created last year to sing during transitions. I hope we can sing it as a round someday soon!

Sing a high, high, high note,

Sing a low, low, low note,

Sing a middle, middle, middle note,

All through the day.

Sing a hiiiiiiiiiiiigh note,

Sing a looooooow note, 

Sing a midddddddle note,

All through the day.

Sing a high, high, high, high, high, high note,

Sing a low, low, low, low, low, low note,

Sing a middle, middle, middle, middle, middle, middle note,

All through the day.

These are the songs we'll sing along the Lantern Walk on Thursday, November 8th.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer.

Little stars a-shimmer.

Over rock and stock and stone,

Wander tripping little gnome.

Pee-whit, pee-whit, rick-a-tick-a-tick,

Roo coo, Roo coo.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer.

Little stars a-shimmer.

Over meadow, moor, and dale,

Flitter flutter, elven vale,

Pee-whit, pee-whit, rick-a-tick-a-tick,

Roo coo, Roo coo.


I go outside with my lantern,

My lantern goes with me.

Above, the stars are shining bright,

Down here on earth shine we.

So shine your light through the dark, chill night,

L'bimba, l'bamba, l'boom!

'Neath heaven's dome til we go home,

L'binba, l'bamba, lboom!

We are going to make our own glass lanterns for the Lantern Walk. I have all the supplies we need except the jars. Please bring a wide-mouth glass jar for your child's lantern to the Blue Sky Room by Thursday, October 25th. Medium-sized jars are best, and the colorful tissue paper sticks best to those jars that are not embossed with Ball or other writing on the glass.

Quote from a child on the Cumberland Island trip (during the smelling activity on the beach):

The first scent was cinnamon, the second one was peppermint, and I'm pretty sure the third one was vanilla abstract!"

Quote from Sarah Williams: "I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."

See you along the way,

Ki Sonya