Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Music, music, music...

Monday mornings are a great way to begin the week.  Miss Maggie makes music so much fun!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Kandinsky and Wescoat

There is new artwork now on display near the Early Childhood classroom that will surely brighten your day.  

These projects were inspired by Wassily Kandinsky and Natasha Wescoat.  In art class, students learned about these artists and then created pieces inspired by these artists. Bravo!

Inventor Project

In English Language Arts class, our 4th grade students have been studying an inventor of their choice.  This week, students presented their inventor to the 2nd and 3rd grade students.  This project consisted of a research paper, a presentation, as well as a 'slice of life' project illustrating the inventor's life.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Kitchen play

Rather than purchasing play items for the 'kitchen' in the Early Childhood classroom, students made their own!  

Students followed a recipe to make salt dough and then after that they used a model to make various pastries that included croissants and brioche au chocolate.  

The final product is certainly mouth watering, but not for eating!  Bravo! 

Friday, February 8, 2019

How high can you go?

Early Childhood students have been enjoying using building blocks in class for various challenges throughout the year.  This week, students worked in partnerships to build a tower that was taller than themselves.

Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences available for young children. Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional and language.  

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cards anyone?

Students in the Kindergarten classroom have been having a great time playing card games with their classmates.

Studies show that card games greatly deepen mathematical learning and skills. There are many cognitive benefits to playing card games, which include strategies for using mathematical information, categorizing patterns, sequencing and sorting. Playing with cards can build number confidence, encourages number fluency, improves memory, develops quick thinking skills, encourages number talk, and encourages risk taking.  

Not to mention playing cards with friends is FUN.  Get your deck and play some games with your child today, 'en français, s'il vous plaît!'  

Maine Mariners Game

Congratulations to Shaina's Strings and our EFDM violinists for kicking off the Maine Mariners hockey game last Saturday night with a beautiful performance of  'God Bless America'.  After that, two of EFDM's Casco Bay Bruins hockey players rocked the ice with an intermission game.  Congratulations to Laird V (goalie) and Dylan V (forward) for a fantastic performance.  Huge thank you to all of our EFDM community members and students that attended the game in support of our students.  Bravo and merci!

Radio station visit

This week, our upper grade classroom visited 5 different radio stations at One City Center in Portland where the met various DJ's, visited production rooms, interviewed radio hosts, and even watched an on air show.  The tour was led by radio host, Herb Ivy, otherwise known as 'The Captain' on WBLM.

(Herb Ivy, aka 'The Captain' on WBLM, Sophie, and Lori Vorrnas from 97.9 with EFDM students)

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Recess Please!

The snow is endless fun...  Always a treat to be the first class to make their mark on the playground after a storm!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chinese New Year

On Monday, our community gathered to share a meal together in celebration of Chinese New Year.  A very special thank you to our Friends at the Chinese American Friends Association of Maine for speaking about Chinese New Year during our meal. 

 A heartfelt thank you to all of the many helping hands that helped make this meal run so smoothly.  Merci!

Language in our Lives

This week we concluded our 'Language in Our Lives' unit in English Class, where students reflected on the languages that are a part of their lives.  During the final class, students shared information gathered from interviewing a family member as well as making a 'language self-portrait'.
Huge thank you to Michael Erard (linguist, writer and proud parent of Iver) who created this unit of study with Kelly. Merci Michael!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Sugarloaf Friday

So many memories and so much fun! Last Friday we hit the slopes again at Sugarloaf.  We are already counting the days until our next trip!

Yoga with Emily

Book Presentations

The CE1/CE2/CM1 class has had some wonderful book presentations.  Here, we have a presentation of the book “Séraphin, le prince des dauphins” and a book about space and the solar system.