Items filtered by date: October 2015
Friday, 09 October 2015 00:00

October 9, 2015

We have had another eventful week, performing with Jonathan Crocker in his Meet the Wyld Man show on Wednesday. We had to re-make some of our instruments because over the past week, our refrigerator malfunctioned. Sadly, some of our veggie instruments did not survive so we had to remake them. Fortunately, we had the foresight to take measurements of the depth of the holes on our instruments so it didn't take as long to create new ones. The performance was fun, and we had a great time, although it was really hot and sunny for the afternoon performance, leaving us wishing that we had also had the foresight to bring hats and water bottles.

In music, we have begun preparing for our holiday concert that we will have before winter break. It is always refreshing to finish one set of music and begin on fresh new material. The beginning band and orchestra is sounding really great for this early in their learning, and the intermediate/advanced band and orchestra had been making great strides in their musicality. This should be a wonderful concert!

The OG has begun their first research reports. Our general theme for this year is American history, so our first research will be about famous Americans. We found biographies at the library, at home, and in the OG classroom. The children are taking short note as they go, so they can find the information they need when they begin their rough drafts. A couple of children have already completed their reading and notes, and have begun their rough drafts. I am looking forward to having all of the rough drafts completed by the end of next week, and some ideas generated about what kind of related project or projects the children would like to do.

Spelling is well underway. Some children are working on spelling rules and learning new spelling words, others are combining spelling with vocabulary development. Each Monday, the children write their spelling list to take home to study, so spelling lists should be arriving at home on Monday afternoons. Each day, the children have spelling practice to work on on their own, or in small study groups while I am teaching math to other groups.

We have been so fortunate that Amy K. can come in on Fridays to have writers' workshops with the children. She is so wonderful with the children and always has interesting and stimulating approaches to writing to share with them. We will miss meeting with Amy for the next 2 Fridays, since there will be no school on Oct. 9 or Oct. 23.

We have been studying many different math concepts, depending on the groups or individuals. Some children have been reviewing addition and subtraction with regrouping and learning beginning multiplication and division facts. Some are working on long division. Others are working on prime factorization, exponents, and square roots, as well as beginning algebra skills. 

As you can see, the various skills we work on are at different levels depending on what skills and concepts individual children are ready to learn. Multiple age groups are wonderful because the younger children get to look ahead to what they will be learning as they progress through the Older Group, by watching and listening as I work with the different groups. The older children can see where they began in the OG, review, and help the younger children out if they get 'stuck'. Sometimes, though, it can be a bit challenging for the younger children who have gone from being the oldest in the YG to the youngest in the OG. When they look ahead to what the older children are working on, it looks really hard. They forgot what it was like to be at the beginning of the YG looking at what the older YG children are working on. Reassurance that they will be able to do the more advanced work once they have mastered the necessary building blocks is something many of the younger children need both at school and at home. 

I have the parent conference schedule posted on the OG door, and have attached a copy of the schedule to this newsletter.

We have a field trip to the Dayton Philharmonic Young People's Concert on Wednesday, Oct. 28. We will need to leave school at 8:30 sharp, so children and chaperones should arrive at school but 8:40. We will return before lunch. We do need chaperones, so please let me know if you will be able to help with the driving and how many children can be safely buckled into your car.  

The children would like to plan a trip to Peifer Orchards, which I will gladly plan if we have enough drivers to get there. 

Our first November field trip will be to The Learning Tree Farm for hands-on history. OG parent, Meredith Florkey, will be our teacher and guide for our American history experience. Both the YG and OG will be attending. I am really excited about this trip! Please let me know if you will be available to help with driving and chaperoning on Monday, November 9. This will be an all-day 9-3 adventure. 

Our Enchanted Forest will be held on October 30 ~ in the Enchanted Forest. We will post the time closer to the date of the performance.


Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

October 5, 2015

My goodness, we have been busy! Much of last week was spent preparing for our Grandfriends' Day concert. We had a lot to practice, between our band instruments, marimba, piano, shakers, ukuleles, mountain dulcimers, and mandolins. All that in addition to singing. I think we were all a bit anxious because Dennis wasn't going to be able to conduct us for the actual concert, but with the help of Darla on here stand-up bass, and Sally conducting, the Grandfriends' Day concert went off beautifully. In fact, the entire day of celebrating our Grandfriends was quite delightful. The OG and YG started the event off with a concert, followed by the YG Readers' Theater. After that, Changling performed some great hand clapping, foot stomping, happy making fiddle and guitar music, to a lovely audience of Grandfriends and children. Once the entertainment was done, we had crafts in each classroom for Grandfriends and children to make, or they could read, play outside together, or just visit over snacks. I must say, these weren't your average snacks. Parents had made some elegant baked goods, savory snack trays with cheeses and fruits, and tea served with elegant tea pots. This was a really fun afternoon, worth all of the time, planning, and preparations. Then, on Sunday, we had our annual Anything On Wheels scholarship fundraiser. This is always a fun, social event, with children, parents, and grads participating in a ride along the bike path. I was surprised at how many of the YG children made it all the way to Xenia this time. That is quite a ride! This week is very busy as well. On Tuesday morning we have band and orchestra, then in the afternoon, we will have a little dress rehearsal for our carrotnet and broccophone concert for the Meet the Wyld Man show. It will be good to get a sense of where we need to be in the amphitheater. and how it feels and sounds to play our instruments there. Wednesday is our picture day, so children should come dressed for school photos. In addition, we will be performing in the Meet the Wyld Man show at the amphitheater at 12:30. We would like to have everyone wear his/her Antioch School T-shirt. We have a few extra for children who don't have one yet. Jonathan has invited any parents who would like to attend the matinee performance to attend for free. If you can make the 12:30 matinee, go to the Will Call Booth and let them know you are an Antioch School parent. If you plan to attend the evening performance, you will need to pay the entrance fee. Please let me know if your child will not be able to perform at 7:00 on Wednesday evening. Since each instrument plays only one note, we need to know which notes we will need to fill in for if your child can't be there in order to play our pieces. For the evening performance tickets are $16.50 and $9.50. 5 and under free. Thursday we will have band and orchestra in the morning, and gym and swim in the afternoon. Parent Conferences are coming up. I will be holding OG conferences in the late afternoon on Tuesday, October 13 and 20, and all day on Friday, October 23. I will post the times here and have a sign-up sheet on the OG door. I'd love to have the opportunity to talk to you! Love, Chris

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