This week we welcomed a new student named Ayvah into our classroom. She jumped right into projects with us, and students are working hard to make her feel welcomed. We did some typical literacy work with 'Just Right' reading and word games, and we did some typical math work with one-to-one math teaching and cooperative math games. When the weather was warm we spent some more time in the woods working on our structures. Students are loving collecting sticks and putting their ideas into action. This week students spent some time working individually on their structures but also had the opportunity to collaborate and help each other out. We saw a lot of great teamwork! We even found a strange bug that we needed to do some research on - the pigeon horntail.
When it was not as nice outside we spent some time doing another cooking lesson. This time we made homemade corn tortillas and ate tacos! The recipe was simple, and students really seemed to enjoy forming the corn flour mixture into the thin tortilla. It often took a few attempts and a lot of methodical work, but students really excelled at it. The tacos were delicious and everyone would have liked second helpings, but we did not make enough tortillas!
We ended the week by going on a quick field trip to Chapin Orchards to pick apples. Students really enjoyed using the apple picker tools to reach the higher apples in trees. We picked from all different kind of apple trees including Empire, Red Delicious, Liberty, Mcintosh, and Cortland. The staff had even just opened some Jonagold trees when we were there at the orchard. We were also able to sample some apple cider while we were there and some apple cider donuts.
Have a great weekend!