December 19, 2014

The Trillium Room

Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Wold Dec. 18

     This week was really almost too fun to bear. The mood in the classroom was consistently…electric. (A nice way to say the kids were wired). We had quite a few special events. Both classes spent time with older… [Read More…]

Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Wold Dec. 11

We had fun learning about the Maasai this week.  We saw some cool videos of their daily life in East Africa.  We made paper plate necklaces that resemble the necklaces they wear as well as a beautiful painting of an… [Read More…]

Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Wold Dec. 4th

We’ve finished learning about the Chinook people.  However, this week and next we focus on how lifestyles with similarities to the Chinook still exist in our world.  This week’s featured community was Papua New Guinea.  We learned that the way… [Read More…]

Mrs. Wold and Mrs. Shaw Nov. 26 (and 21)

Somehow I forgot to post last week’s newsletter on the website.  It follows this week’s.   Nov. 26      Not surprisingly, we spent some time this week talking about the first Thanksgiving and who the Pilgrims were.  We’ve read… [Read More…]

Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Wold Nov. 7

     We took a one week hiatus from Gorge Studies this week to begin a science unit called “Balance and Motion.”  We learned that counterweights can do amazing things.  We balanced a triangle on its tip; a paper crawdad… [Read More…]

Mrs. Wold and Mrs. Shaw Oct. 30

  It was nice to back to our regular schedule this week.  Last week’s rolling primary class field trips meant we needed to change our day around.  Many kids don’t do too well with change, so it’s nice that everything feels… [Read More…]

Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Wold Oct. 24

  Of course, the highlight of our week was the field trip to Ridgefield Wildlife Preserve to see the authentically constructed Chinook plankhouse.  We also went on a nature walk with a naturalist who pointed out all kinds of things… [Read More…]

Mrs. Shaw and Mrs. Wold Oct. 16th

Dear families,               Oct. 16, 2014      Thank you for another great round of conferences.  It was great to have such a super turn-out and to work together to help our kiddos have… [Read More…]

Mrs. Wold and Mrs. Shaw Oct. 6

     Gorge studies focused on the importance of weaving this week.  We learned that skilled weavers were highly regarded in the Chinook community.  Young men would hope more than anything to marry a lady who was a great basket… [Read More…]

Mrs. Wold and Mrs. Shaw Sept. 25

      Gorge studies was a lot of fun this week as we learned more about longhouses.  After looking at pictures and discussing what the Chinook people would need, the kids either made 3-d paper replicas of the exterior… [Read More…]