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Inspired by Piet Mondrian
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Wondering about Surrealism...
We are learning so much about different artists and different styles of art.  Ask your child to tell you about Piet Mondrian, Brice Marden, Jackson Pollock and Surrealism. After viewing lots of surrealistic art students brainstormed adjectives to describe what they saw.  They came up with unusual, silly, playful, a little scary, weird, funny and puzzling.  Most of all we decided this kind of art really makes you observe and wonder about the message that is being communicated. 


 We are looking forward to  our field trip to the Honolulu Art Museum this Thursday where we will see artwork and look carefully at how it is presented.  Thank you to Zach's mom and Merrick's mom for volunteering to chaperone.  
Please have your child wear a blue LJA shirt and bring their snack in a disposable bag.  

Remember to save the date for our Caves to Canvas Art Gallery on the morning of November 8th.  
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Word Study Update
A fantastic site for word study practice is Spellingcity.com.  I have a link to spellingcity.com set up on our class newsletter under websites on sqworl.  Just click on the link and it will take you to the website.  
Once you get to the site, go to the teacher search and search for Kathy Thomas at LeJardin Academy.  I have word lists built on the site that will help students practice the word patterns and phonograms we are focusing on.  There are games, spelling tests, and a variety of different ways for students to practice spelling words.  Please check out this site and see what it has to offer!
  
In math we are continuing to learn about shape and space and how it relates to art.  Please have your child continue to study math facts at home. 

I am having problems with the calendar portion of this site.  I am working on embedding my calendar so that you can check on upcoming dates. It doesn't consistently appear.   
I apologize for the inconvenience.  


Thanks so much for your continued support!  
 


Comments

Amal
10/18/2012 9:40am

Hello Mrs Thomas and class. My name is Amal and I'm from Saudi Arabia. I am a PYP teacher just like your wonderful teacher!
I enjoyed your website immensely and I think you are ALL doing a wonderful job. You are a group of LIFE-LONG LEARNERS.
I opened the "sqworl" tab and saw that you have great resources packed in there. Now, I'm excited to share it with my class. I would like to suggest a website that you might like, http://www.dogonews.com/
Once again, terrific job and thank you!!! :)

Sincerely,
Amal

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10/18/2012 10:52pm

Aloha Amal,
Thanks for the tip to go to dogonews. What a great news site for kids!
We are glad that you like our class blog. We love our sqworl site. Did you check out the Brain Break group? Our favorite is the Sid Shuffle!
Where did you find out about our website?
We would love to know more about your school and your students!

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Amal
01/21/2013 2:14pm

Aloha Mrs Thomas and class
I am so happy to have found a reply from you. I'm sorry, I wish I had checked earlier.
Your Brain Break group immediately caught my attention and I shared it with my class. They loved them all; especially the Sid Shuffle.
Luckily, I had found your website by sheer coincidence while I was searching for some PYP ideas one day to implement in class.
You can learn more about our school here: http://jks.edu.sa. At our school we have single-sex classrooms and I teach a girls' classroom. There are 24 lovely young third graders in my class and they are always excited to learn more. I think they would be even more excited to find out that you had replied to my earlier post.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Amal
01/21/2013 2:14pm

Aloha Mrs Thomas and class
I am so happy to have found a reply from you. I'm sorry, I wish I had checked earlier.
Your Brain Break group immediately caught my attention and I shared it with my class. They loved them all; especially the Sid Shuffle.
Luckily, I had found your website by sheer coincidence while I was searching for some PYP ideas one day to implement in class.
You can learn more about our school here: http://jks.edu.sa. At our school we have single-sex classrooms and I teach a girls' classroom. There are 24 lovely young third graders in my class and they are always excited to learn more. I think they would be even more excited to find out that you had replied to my earlier post.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Amal
01/21/2013 2:14pm

Aloha Mrs Thomas and class
I am so happy to have found a reply from you. I'm sorry, I wish I had checked earlier.
Your Brain Break group immediately caught my attention and I shared it with my class. They loved them all; especially the Sid Shuffle.
Luckily, I had found your website by sheer coincidence while I was searching for some PYP ideas one day to implement in class.
You can learn more about our school here: http://jks.edu.sa. At our school we have single-sex classrooms and I teach a girls' classroom. There are 24 lovely young third graders in my class and they are always excited to learn more. I think they would be even more excited to find out that you had replied to my earlier post.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

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01/22/2013 9:46pm

Aloha Amal,
My students will be so excited to see that you are reading our blog. I will share your reply with them. We are getting ready for our Journey of Exploration unit. During this unit we study geography and mapping skills. Would you be interested in setting up some Skype sessions? We could have the students give clues about the location of your school. Weather, topography, time , language, etc... and then give them some time to infer the country. Finally we could Skype if the time works out. What do you think? First, we could have our students come up with 4 or 5 clues about the location of the school. Great hearing from you!

Amal
02/03/2013 1:49pm

Hey Mrs Thomas
I love the guessing game idea but I don't know about the Skype sessions. Our timings are very different. We'll have to see how we can figure that out.
So do you want me to ask my students to collect 5 clues about our location and email them to you? and where do you want us to post it?
This is exciting ! My students are going to love this.

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Mrs. Thomas
02/04/2013 11:19am

Aloha Amal,
I am still putting together our Skype/ Class Mystery Sessions. I will get back to you with a definite plan later this week. I can't wait to get started. Do you have an email I can respond to instead of writing on my blog?
Thanks and talk to you soon!
Kathy

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