Thursday, January 2, 2014

December at the Schoolhouse

We had a beautiful and chilly December in Austin and we enjoyed going outdoors to celebrate the refreshing season. One of our Thursday theme days was bike and scooter day. We bundled up and rode around the neighborhood practicing our biking and safety skills. 

One of our field trips was to the UT campus to visit Gully an expert astronomer. We learned about spectrum and diffraction grating. A special treat was seeing the sun through the solar telescope and going up to see the observatory.

Laura's class opened a store and each student ran their own business. Caleb had a toy store and researched what the market price was for each item. They enjoyed the project and we plan on opening it up again with bigger aspirations. 

We used different resources for our solar system inquiry unit. The kids agreed to integrate technology into our project so we learned how to research on the internet and practiced typing. 

Liam's uncle and aunt, Maria and Nate, came to visit one afternoon to share their expertise on nuts and mushrooms. They were visiting from Brazil and the kids were eager to meet them and had great questions on mushroom identification and toxicity.

Caitlin's class each picked Fantasy books to read and did a book project.  

Laura's class made mobiles over our solar system unit. 

Our last day in December was our showcase. All of our schoolhouse community was invited to come see our final presentations and projects and to wrap up our fall semester. 

Hope everyone had a great winter break! We are already revving up for the spring!