Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gifts That Bring Wonder and Joy

We enjoyed the first big snow of the season! It was a joy to see the children trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues and examine the crystals up close as the snowflakes landed on their mittens. A lot of teamwork went into building snowmen and snow forts during recess. Their sense of wonder and joy during the first snows of winter never ceases to make me smile. 

Believe it or not, there was a similar sense of wonder and joy inside the school building, too. In this class students enthusiastically worked together to design, construct, test and improve vessels to transport water, given limited materials. This was a wonderful science experiment that connected to the students' study of the migration of Native Americans across different regions in Social Studies. They made powerful connections as they imagined what it must have really been like for the Native Americans of long ago. 

The possibilities we are learning through coding are really capturing our sense of wonder and joy as well! All of our classes participated in the Hour of Code this week. LMC Director Mrs. O'Kelly has shared some wonderful resources that you may like to access to continue the coding challenge and fun:

Oh, and possibly my favorite gift of all... BOOKS! We were treated to a special visit from librarians of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library department of youth services. They brought many books and talked about their storylines which inspired our students to check them out to read in the classroom and at home. We are so fortunate to have such great resources and book lovers to nurture our students' love of reading. 

For many, 'tis the season of giving and receiving presents. However, just looking around, some of the very best gifts are right in front of our eyes... and they bring us so much wonder and joy!

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