Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TLC K - 2nd Grade Yellow Day!

The TLC kindergartners and second graders are having color days each week on the Tanberg!!! We get together with our other younger pals and have fun with a color theme. Last week the color was YELLOW! I perfect color during the dreary winter!

The Cliff kids were looking very bright and shinny in their yellow attire!

My favorite little yellow bundle of joy. Oh man, I love this guy.

Our screen was just SCREAMING with happiness!

The Islesford kiddos looking super cute in yellow!

I wore some yellow tights... but it was too cold to not wear pants too! I obviously need to add more yellow to my wardrobe.

We ended our yellow time with a dance party... make sure to notice Margaret's hair clips!


And this little bugger made an appearance during the dance party... tutu and yellow shirt! LOVE IT!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Louise Nevelson Art - COMPLETE!

The boys finished up their awesome "Louise Nevelson" inspired sculptures on a nice, windless day last week!

Donna came in on the perfect afternoon with spray paint and a fun attitude!

They had gold, white, and black spray paint to choose from! And man, what a difference the spray paint made to their art creations!

And... really who doesn't have fun spray painting?!?

Dalton went with a gold theme! It looked awesome.

The dogs liked the extra cardboard we had outside for them.

Quinn's snowy white structure! I am digging the sunglasses!

Donna's creative creation!

And the full view of Dalton's!

They turned out awesome! Can't wait to show them off at our art show in the spring!

Layers of the Earth!

We started our geology science unit last week with a group TLC meeting on the Tanberg!

It was nice to see all our science classmates on the big screen!

For this unit, the island schools take turns teaching a lesson to the rest of the group at the beginning of each week. Cliff Island started off the unit by teaching us all about the different layers of the Earth! Mr. H had the group draw a picture of what they THOUGHT the inside of the earth looked liked.

Everyone got right to work! (P.S. I love that both the boys were wearing their Monhegan School Sweatshirts! So cute!)

Millie took a nap while everyone worked... all this learning really wears her out!

Dalton's earth looks pretty good!

So does Quinn's!

These kids are smarter than they look :)

Then the Cliff School gave us a fantastic presentation about the layers of the Earth! Even when you think you know all about a certain topic, there is always SO much more to learn!

Here is part of our lesson together! So much more fun learning as a group!

The final slide of Cliff's AWESOME presentation!

Then it was time for the boys to get to work on displaying what they had learned!

Each of the boys researched two of the different layers more in-depth and created a visual representation of the layers for our science bulletin board!

Putting up their model.

Miss M. also worked on learning about and labeling the layers of earth! I am not sure if all kindergartners get to learn about such things! Pretty cool!

Some of the information the boys found about the layers!

Pretty interesting stuff, wouldn't you say!?

The hottest layer! Yikes!

Our bulletin board is going to be JAMMED packed with geology information for our Open House in March! YES!


Last week's art class was fun for several reasons....

#1. Art class is always fun!

#2. Margaret joined us!

#3. Donna was there!

and #4. We got to paint and draw on realllllly long strips of paper.

I know I have said it before, but I will say it again. Donna gives the BEST art assignments! Last week she said... "Either draw something from a dream you had OR draw on these long sheets of paper." Plain and simple. And then we just got to create art! There is nothing better.

I loved Margaret's long people she painted. So awesome.

Dalton's amazing fish!

Art class is one of the ONLY opportunities for me to have a "free period" during the week to get work done and I almost always end up participating in art class instead! That just goes to show how wonderful Donna's classes are! What do you think of my dog parade!?

Awesome weather scene by Dalton!

Beautiful works of art! Cannot wait to hang them all in the classroom!

Black History Month - A Little Early!

We decided to honor Black History Month a little early this year due to the fact that we knew we were going to be working with the TLC schools in February studying Immigration and Colonial America.

So when we got back from our holiday break we spent some time studying the Civil Rights Movement and famous Black Americans who were influential during that time. After working as a class the kids each picked one famous Black American to study more in-depth.

Quinn picked the famous athlete Jesse Owens who won FOUR gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin!

Quinn created a timeline to show the major events in Jesse's Life.

Dalton chose to research James Meredith who was the first African American student admitted into the University of Mississippi and was a Civil Right Leader who had to over come much adversity in order to reach his dreams! His story is SO inspiring!

Dalton's detailed timeline for James Meredith, which includes how he was shot during a Civil Rights march. He survived the shooting and rejoined the march after recovering! Now that is determination!

Margaret studied the life of the ever inspirational, Martin Luther King Jr. She learned about how from a very young age Martin wanted people to treat others with love and kindness.

The finished projects! Margaret's beautiful poster about MLK Jr!

Quinn's finished poster about Jesse Owens!

And Dalton's final project about James Meredith! What amazing individuals these men were!