New Quarter

I must admit, I was a bit worried about this week because it was the first full week that we have had in over a month.  Surprisingly though it went quickly because the children were excited and engaged in the learning.

As we shift into the new quarter, we begin focusing on faithfulness spreading.  This is our chance to share our faith with those around them sharing God’s love with them.  This is also the quarter that one project spreads throughout every single subject that we cover.  The children have already started it through research about the medieval period.  I love hearing, “Miss Savides, did you know that….?”  as they find those exciting (sometimes disgusting) tidbits about the medieval period.

To introduce our force and motion unit in science, we talked about medieval weaponry, especially catapults.  Within groups, the children had to create a catapult that would go the furthest using 12 popsicle sticks, 1 spoon, 4 rubber bands, and hot glue.  Then, we launched them.  Our first thing we launched was a marshmallow–all traveled rather far.  We then tried an eraser and finally a ball.  Needless to say, the heavier the object was, the closer to the catapult it stayed.  From this the children determined the rule about the greater the mass of an object, the greater the force needed to move it.  A pretty big catapult would be needed for the ball to be launched the same distance as the marshmallow.

Overall, it was a wonderful week as we started on new adventures to spread our faithfulness. I am certainly excited to see the children to continue to grow.

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