Sunday, October 29, 2017

Seascapes in Maine

In Art class, the CE1 and CE2 have been studying seascapes in the style of Ronan Olier.  They have observed his work and have made connections between his style and subjects, and our local coastline.  

In class, students also read about Abbie Burgess, who was a lighthouse keeper known for her bravery in tending the Matinicus Rock Light in Maine during a raging winter storm in 1856. She did so for nearly a month while her father, the head keeper, was away from the island.

Students also discussed the various lighthouses in Maine and did a step-by-step drawing of a lighthouse together. 

The final step was adding a lighthouse of Maine to the painted seascapes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Early Childhood Autumn Walk

Early childhood students had a lovely time on their autumn walk in Sayles Field. Students observed leaves of many different colors, acorns, flowers, pinecones, birds, and butterflies! They also made comparisons with the plants and animals they saw on our last summer walk. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Bradbury Mountain Hike

Our school gets very creative when planning the Physical Education schedule...  How about a glorious hike in October to Bradbury Mountain?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Global Pumpkins

In CM1/CM2/6ieme Geography class, students studied representations of earth, the globe, longitude and latitude lines, imaginary lines, oceans, and continents.

This is what happens when you mix art with geography!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Poils, plumes et écailles!

In GS / CP, children are continuing to learn about animals. 

This week, they have taken a closer look at what animals eat and discovered if the animals they have learned about are carnivorous, vegetarian or omnivorous. 
Then, they chose a different way to sort animals depending on their skin and what covers it. They observed animals with fur, feathers, scales and "bare" skin. 

This work expanded into an art project.
Each child chose an animal and used ink to depict their animal's fur, feathers or scales. They then cut out the shape of the animal and glued it on the ink.
Please  take a look at their beautiful work displayed in the hallway of the school!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Spider Cupcakes!

It's starting to get a little spooky around here!  CE1 and CE2 enjoyed a special activity in class this week.  Students worked in small groups to read and follow a recipe.  After the cupcakes were cooked, students decorated cupcakes and disguised them as spiders!

The treats were delicious.
Below is the recipe that students followed, in case you would like to make these at home.

 Bon appétit!

Muffins Araignées
 Ingrédients (6 personnes):
  ¾ de stick de beurre ramolli
  ½ cup de sucre de canne
  2 oeufs
  1 cup de farine
  1 cuillère à café de levure
  4 cuillères à café de cacao en poudre
1 ) Mélanger le beurre ramolli et le sucre jusqu'à obtenir une crème.
2) Ajouter ensuite les œufs 1 par 1 à la préparation. Mélanger après l'ajout de chaque œuf.
3) Ajouter la farine et la levure. Mélanger
4) Ajouter pour finir les quatre cuillères à café de cacao et mélanger le tout.
5) Disposer dans des moules à muffins.
6) Enfourner 10 à 15 minutes.

DECORATION des muffins :

Ingrédients :
  confiture d'abricots
  vermicelle marron
  petits bonbons ronds (pour les yeux)
  fils de réglisse (pour les pattes)

Préparation :

  1 - Étaler un peu de confiture d'abricots sur tout le dessus du muffin.
  2 - Saupoudrer de vermicelle marron (sur la confiture)
  3 - Placer 2 bonbons ronds pour faire les yeux

- 4 - Placer 8 fils de réglisse sur le coté pour faire les pattes

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!

The GS and CP class recently enjoyed a performance of 'Tibili le petit garçon qui ne voulait pas alter à l'école', a book written by Marie Léonard and Andrée Prigent.

Leading up to the performance, students read the book several times in class, paying close attention to characters, setting, and plot.  Students then chose specific characters from the book and began to rehearse the storyline.  They did not memorize lines from the book, but rather, were able to retell naturally the story.  They also made character props that the used in the play.

 The GS and CP were a perfect audience and enjoyed this special treat!

Check out this video below.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wolfe's Neck Farm Pumpkin Science Field Trip

Students in Early Childhood had a wonderful time at the Wolf’s Neck Farm field trip! After a beautiful fall hayride on the tractor, students learned about pumpkins and even acted out the life cycle of a pumpkin. They chose their very own pumpkin to bring home! Afterwards, students toured the farm and learned about the various farm animals including the materials and products they produce as well as what they eat. What a day! In class students have already made jack o’ lantern artwork and soon will learn the science of inside of a pumpkin.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Treasure Hunt in GS/CP class

On Friday, October 6, the K-1 students had their second scavenger hunt of the year. 

They discovered a treasure box in the classroom when they came back from recess. The trouble was that it was locked and in order to open it, students had to figure out a 4 digit combination.

Students used what they had learned during the past weeks in maths, reading, spacial recognition and other subjects to solve various challenges. 

The four groups successfully opened the trunk… but the tricky pirates had protected the treasure very well! Inside the treasure box was… another box! To open the lock, they had to find a four letter French word. After piecing together all the clues, they found the word “lune” (moon) and shared their well deserved booty.