Thursday, February 28, 2019

Cork and Q-tip Painting

Early childhood students have certainly had the creative energies flowing this week! This painting project was a three step process where students used cork and q-tips to create beautiful black and white designs.  Stay tuned...these works of art will be on display soon!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Pizza anyone?

Our budding chefs in the Early Childhood classroom have been having a great time practicing their culinary skills.  Students have been following a recipe to make pizzas. Stay may be coming soon to your area!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Making music....

The Grade 2-4 students have enjoyed music class where they are currently exploring instruments from the brass family. The brass family members that are most commonly used in the orchestra include the trumpet, French horn, trombone, and the tuba. This family of instruments can play louder than any other in the orchestra and can also be heard from far away. Although their early ancestors are known to have been made of wood, tusks, animal horns or shells, today's modern instruments are made entirely of brass.

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)