For letter Q week Miss Barbara, Ruby’s grandmother visited PreK-4 and brought her sewing machine! We learned about the bobbin, foot peddle, the needle and how the thread feeds through the machine. Each child had a turn using the machine by sewing their piece of quilt to a friends piece creating a large classroom quilt. We called it a friendship quilt! While the children waited their turn using the machine they practiced hand sewing with sewing cards. It was a fun way to learn the letter Q. Thank you Miss Barbara!
The seventh graders spent time with the PreK classes this week to help introduce the use of our Preschool Unquowa library. The older children helped to pick out a book, read to them and then explained to them how they borrow a book, take care of the book and bring it back to school. PreK students were are also learning about geometric shapes, so the older children stuck around to help the younger students work on finishing their math project using marshmallows and toothpicks.
PreK-4 is learning about the first Thanksgiving. Seeing a model of the Mayflower in the classroom and then making our own Mayflower in the makerspace brought up many questions. What was it like for a child sailing on the Mayflower? The seventh graders visited the PreK-4 classroom and helped the younger students put their ideas on paper. As the PreK-4 students relayed their ideas about sailing on the Mayflower, the seventh graders wrote them down. Some children are playing hopscotch, others tag. Some feeling the wind in their hair. One student thought it would be fun to celebrate their birthday with a party. Jumping off the Mayflower for a swim was a popular idea. Getting water from the ocean and cleaning it with a special filter may have really helped the pilgrims. We ended the fun morning with an author’s reading from PreK-4 students and their seventh grade buddies. Unquowa is truly a family. Thank you seventh graders!
We had a great time playing a new musical game today called Apple Tree. The game starts with two students being the tree. As the class begins singing the song, students walk under the apple trees. When the song ends, the “branches” fall on whomever is standing under the tree. Then that students picks a friend to create another apple tree! While singing the song, students are practicing their pitch matching and ability to sing the interval of a third.
The Unquowa School garden has been buzzing with activity this fall. PreK-4 students harvested yellow, green and purple beans for the dining room, smelled lavender by gently rubbing the leaves and sampled sweet sungold tomatoes right off the vine. Their final stop was a vine covered tepee. Hidden amongst morning glories and cardinal flowers were “jack be little” pumpkins. PreK-4 students were thrilled to go inside and find their very own miniature pumpkin to pick!
During our friendship unit PreK-4 students made Friendship Bread. Why is it called Friendship Bread? The entire class made it together and shared with our PreK-3 friends and others. Making the bread also was a math lesson. Each biscuit was cut in half, then quarters and dipped in sugar and cinnamon. The children practiced with shapes before cutting the biscuits for better understanding. Thank you Chef David for letting us use your oven. After the bread was cooked we noticed it grew! Did you know you don’t even need a knife to cut Friendship bread? Just pull off a piece and share mmmmm….delicious!