Aloha 5-14 Families, We have officially entered the craziest, busiest, time of year when days just seem to slip by like sand through our fingers! I can hardly believe we made it to December already, but there is no time to look ahead just yet, as we have much to accomplish and learn in the few remaining weeks of 2nd quarter.
Some highlights from the past few weeks included another visit with our first grade buddies to help them weave their Thanksgiving placemats (any former Manoa first graders still have theirs in circulation for the holidays?) We also had our second class with our artist-in-residence, Miss Mimi, who discussed why and how Native Americans travelled throughout North America; the kids formed tribes and created choreography to link action words like pulling and trudging with movements that their group had to follow. Definitely watch the video to the left to see pure joy in action! We also made gratitude a part of our everyday routine in November as the kiddos wrote daily "mahalograms" to their classmates, former teachers, and family members -- hoping yours got delivered to you :)
Looking ahead, we'll be hard at work on our Festival of Art pieces; each student will be researching a specific Native Hawaiian plant/animal and writing a brief educational paragraph as well as an original poetry piece to complement their mixed media art work. We'll have two more visits from Ms. Mimi before break, and will also be learning about Rapid 'Ohi'a Death from an expert from the University of Hawaii this week. In addition, we'll be finishing our class novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and completing middle of year iReady testing before break.
As you can see, no rest for the weary! Stay tuned to our class site for updates, photos, and more! Mahalo, Mrs. Secreto