Friday, January 19, 2018

Tube Challenge

Our class is involved in a new challenge. The students are attempting to run a ball out of the loft, out of the door, and into the hallway. The only supplies available are tubes, a ball (that may or may not fit through every tube), their bodies, chairs, and tables.  It was very interesting to observe the attempted solutions this morning. So far nobody has beaten this challenge.

It will be interesting to see what iterations come to the plan as the day continues. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Loose Part Self-Portraits

We started our next self-portrait today. Our monthly self-portraits continue to be one way that we develop our understanding of similarities and differences from one another. We use this as a time to not only discuss the physical but also emotions, experiences, and interests that make each of us who we are. 

This project is going to require many steps and will likely take us a week to complete.  Today each student got an old LP record to paint. 

We painted the records a solid color. Some students wanted bright colors while others wanted metallic. In the coming days we will add facial features to these "heads."  The features will be made out of some of the items from our loose parts shelf.  There may be shells, bolts, screws, rocks, cork ... it is nearly endless.  It will be fun to see how these new portraits come together!

Painting is a fun way to continue working on proper pencil grasp and developing our fine motor control.

New Math Game

We started a new math game in the classroom this morning. My niece (a 7th grader here at Breck) helped the game get started. It is a game that works on subitizing, counting, addition,  and place value. It simply requires a six-sided die and objects that can be collected (in our case we used unifix cubes. 

Players first decide what is the number of objects that need to be collected to win. They had to choose a quantity of 10 (10, 20, 30, 40...). Students take turns rolling a six sided die. This is where subitizing comes into play. This is the skill to recognize quantity of objects without counting. Think of  how when you see three objects, you simply KNOW it is three.  Students collect the number of objects that match the number rolled.  With each turn the number of objects grows larger in quantity. Some members of our class have been working on basic addition facts, and this game allows for that skill (I first rolled a 3 and now I rolled a 4, so I have 7).  For students that are not working on memorized facts, they can count the items to arrive at the same total.  The unifix cubes are organized in neat rows of 10. This helps students see place value (for example 15 is one row of ten and 5 leftovers while 23 is two rows of ten and three leftovers).  The player that gets to or surpasses the preset number wins!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Purple and Gold Day Part 2!

This Friday will once again be a theme wear day in the Lower School. Have your child wear PURPLE and GOLD to support the Vikings playoff efforts.

Breck Summer Programs

Breck Summer Programs registration is now underway! BSP is open not only to existing Breck students, but to the community at large. Many students enjoy bringing a cousin or friend.  You can find information in the brochure that was sent home with your child or at

Friday, January 12, 2018

Richfield Readers Theatre

The Richfield Readers came this morning to read and perform four stories for our preschoolers.  This local group of volunteers help spread the love of books and reading to young children and we are always happy to have them come!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Letter Formation

All of the class has made wonderful progress in the ability to recognize letters, and many have been having fun writing with increasing frequency.  Today Ms. Carter had the students practice letter formation using Playdoh. 

This required students to follow the proper stroke order in writing the letter they wanted to make.  Stroke order is important as it helps students be efficient in their writing and helps ensure that their writing is neat. 

Helping your child remember the order in writing a letter is easy!
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