If the smiles in these pictures are any indication it was a fun week of learning. Our pumpkin seeds are showing a lot of growth; students are working incredibly hard on progressing academically; and new friendships are growing over shared interests. It's all great to see!
During musical mindfulness this year students have been learning all about different aspects of music - including tempo, rhythm, dynamics, form, and mood. They have been listening to different kinds of music, playing games related to those ideas, and utilizing technology games to practice hands on work with these musical ideas. Some students really seem to enjoy this block of time each week. Lately, we have been alternating between listening to music to discuss the various aspects of it as well as our feelings about it and composing our own music. There is a great website called Chrome Music Lab that has all kinds of different activities related to music - one of them assists students in composing. This week students were given a specific melody and the ability to add other notes or rhythm sounds to make it their own. It was neat to see how each student's composition sounded similar and different to others.
The other exciting work this week happened on Thursday morning with Cardboard Challenge. Jericho Elementary School has been participating in this challenge for several years now. It is a worldwide opportunity for students to spend a chunk of time just being creative and imaginative with cardboard, tape, and glue. The theme was "Space" and students could choose to stay in that theme or make something uniquely their own. Many of our students stayed in the space theme and made rockets or space animals. There were so many awesome creations!
If you haven't had a chance to pick up your child's creation yet, please reach out to figure out a time. The projects are not allowed on the bus, and all of the students would like to bring their work home.