January 21

                                                                                                            January 21, 2011

Dear Parents,

Happy Weekend!!  We hope everyone is staying warm this weekend as the cold wind becomes more determined!!

Our excavation site is hard work!!! We are starting to see bones but it is a very SLOW process but the children are sticking with it…like all good paleontologists!!  We have been learning a great deal from our dinosaur stories in the classroom and are even traveling back in time with our Magic School Bus chapter book to visit the three time periods during the Mesozoic Era…the Triassic Period, the Jurassic Period, and the Cretaceous Period.  We know that there are five types of dinosaur fossils that can be found….bones, skin, teeth, tracks, and eggs.  We have also learned a lot about the differences of the earth during the time of the dinosaurs.  The land use to be in one big mass (Pangaea) and the earth was much warmer with no polar ice caps.  We know that this is why dinosaur fossils can now be found on ALL seven continents…EVEN Antarctica!!  During the Cretaceous Period the land started to break apart and form the seven continents we know today and at the end of that time there were seasons.  The children told me on Friday this was because the earth was getting colder…so seasons were coming J  .  We are working on a timeline of the dinosaurs with Sam (our student teacher) in the afternoons to show all that we are learning!!

We have started mixing another color with white this week (red) and also began learning about Joan Miro.  He is an artist from Spain that began painting when he was 7 years old!!  We are recreating two of his pieces Blue II and Blue III.  We also have artwork displayed that was inspired from the story The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  It is one of my favorite stories and the variety of work produced by the children showed how well the “heard” the message!!!

Reminders

  • Show and tell pictures will start with “n” for the week of January 21, 2011.  
  • Ryan is responsible for snack,1 bouquet, and food preparation items (2 dozen hard boiled eggs and 1 dozen raw eggs) for the week of January 21, 2011.

Warmly,

Cassandre & Lourdes