Monday, June 8, 2020

 For this last posting in the Blog of Bumblebees for the year 2019-20, the strangest year in education, I thought we would take a look back at all the fun we had, and all we accomplished - with a definite focus on fun! Above, a Bumblebee working on music at home in distance learning. It's been a great year with these friends, despite having to go to distance learning for the last 3 months. Have a wonderful summer, Bumblebees! I can't wait to see all you will do next year!
 Two more Bumblebees at swimming lessons.
 The fundraiser they started for the koalas in Australia after the horrific fires.
 Bike Day

 Everybody at Bike Day

 The visit to the Pumpkin farm.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

 During these last few weeks of school, the Bumblebees have been working their way through a Lego challenge. Each day they receive the choice of two new Lego challenges. They can choose one or both challenges or to choose from another day, one they did not try. The challenges might be something like you and 4 friends are trapped on a desert island, design and build a boat to get you all safely home. Or it might be you are in a contest to build the tallest tower. Or you and your friends decide to design and build a tree house. Each day the Bumblebees use their skills to create something new. They have to design their structure, keeping in mind the limitations of the Legos they have at home, build it, evaluate it, change it if it needs changing and then evaluate it to ensure it meets the criteria of the challenge.
In both intended and unintended contexts and uses, Lego lets kids exercise creativity and learn some fundamentals of engineering—almost in spite of themselves. “Math and physics concepts are built into every Lego project,” says Tiffany Tseng, a graduate researcher in the MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergarten group. “Kids can build whatever’s in their imagination and, at the same time, develop spatial reasoning and learn about structural integrity, design, and a practical sense of geometry.” From the MIT school of engineering web site

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

 The Bumblebees and Ladybugs have been studying dinosaurs during May. Here is work from several different Kindergarten students that they have submitted from home over the course of the month. I am so proud of all the work the students have been doing at home and how clearly they are progressing even in this strangest of school years. Here you see a dinorama, a Stegosaurus (both from information we received from the Burke museum at the University of Washington), a dinosaur habitat, a footprint Tyrannosaurus Rex and an example of the facts that students came up with each time they studied  a new dinosaur.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

 Bumblebee and Ladybug students worked hard and learned a lot in the month of April about community helpers. Although they were all at home they were able to take virtual field trips and talk to live people on their Zoom meetings who work in specific jobs. We are so grateful to the professionals who took time out of their day to talk with the students about their role in the community. Although no one thinks that distance learning is ideal, we are all making the best of what we have and students are still learning and growing and excelling at Seabury in every way. We are so lucky to have our community. Here are some of the reactions students wrote in response to their studies about Community helpers

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

 Another Bumblebee hard at work at home. I am so proud of this student (and all our students) working so hard from home and so grateful to his family for guiding him and submitting his work, so that as his teacher I still feel like I have an awareness of his progress.  Even in the beautiful summery weather we have had our students remain diligent in getting to their work in a timely fashion.
 Here is a triangular prism he has created at home with his examination of triangular prisms writing in the background.
 He is seen here doing a beginning division story problem in math that was all about money. Great use of manipulatives to help you in your work!
 A better look at his written work about the triangular prisms.
And finally his Serape glyph which gives us lots of good information if we know the code!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

 Another of our busy Bumblebees seen here working from home. The above picture is bridge building. He designed and built his bridge from items he had at home. As an added challenge he tested the bridge to see if it could hold weight. It could!
In the picture below he used recyclable materials at his home to create something new. This is his bird feeder. His plan is to test it with real birds and then determine any changes that needed to be made. Great work Bumblebee!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

An important part of  our distance learning, Seabury style, has been our Zoom meetings. We have full class meetings with all the Bumblebees multiple times a week, we can do individual meetings, or meetings with the Ladybugs and Bumblebees together. This week, for the first time, we will try a whole school meeting to celebrate starting a new month. Nothing replaces being in school together, but these face to face meetings help us stay connected and feel less lonely for one another. We are lucky to have such good technology to help us with our school work and our friendships. Here is a Bumblebee with his class, doing school from home. We are all so proud of how hard everyone is working to stay caught up and connected.

 For this last posting in the Blog of Bumblebees for the year 2019-20, the strangest year in education, I thought we would take a look bac...