Sunday, March 10, 2019

I Spy Sculptures

Recently the Pre K students made I spy sculptures. They had to write clues, just like in the I spy books.  We then invited a third grade class working with Mrs. Cestaro to come and view the sculptures. The third graders had a really hard time finding the items listed in the clues. It was fun to watch the older students work with their younger peers. 

Many of the third graders had been Pre K students at Riverton. They remembered doing this project when they were four. They realized that the big kids who viewed their sculptures were playing along when they pretended to have a hard time finding the objects. It was interesting to see the growth of the third grade students. 









Read Across America Day

Friday March 1st was Read across America Day. We had a guest reader in Pre k, Ms. Hyland. She is an ELL teacher here at Riverton and gave a great Maine reading of The Wicked Big Toddler by Kevin Hawkes. Ms. Hyland wrote a grant and was able to get Mr. Hawkes, a Maine author  to Visit Riverton School. He worked with the older students and explained how an author/illustrator comes up with ideas and writes a book.









Friday, January 25, 2019

Play Me A Story

At Riverton School we are very lucky to have the Portland Stage Company come to our school and act out stories for the children. The actors visit three times a year. After the performance the actors work with various classrooms of students, teaching them acting techniques. These performances are well received by Riverton students.



Today they performed stories by three Maine authors. Mother Goose by Ryan T. Higgins, Blueberries for Sal by Robert Mccloskey and Hattie and Hudson by Chris Van Allsburg. Todays performance included a special song that was written in collaboration with the Author.



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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Visiting the 4th grade side X side presentation

Visiting the 4th Grade side X side presentation


One of the great bonuses of being a part of an elementary school, is being able to use our older students to inform our learning.  The 4th grade students did research projects on storms and extreme weather and then created these awesome books filled with their learning.

The Pre K students are  currently working on a unit about wind and water that highlights weather. This was a perfect opportunity for us to learn more about weather, while letting our older students shine as the teachers. The 4th grade students did a great job explaining their projects to the younger students.  This created a lot of curiosity in the pre k students. I have been asked many questions about things they heard about in the presentation.



 The Pre K students walked around to the various stations and listened to the 4th graders explain their projects. There was a lot of conversation when the Pre K students asked questions. Great work by the 4th graders.


A flurry of writing




The friends were focused on their writing. Many friends were sharing their work with their friends. This gives the students an opportunity to talk with peers about their learning and practice their writing skills. Everybody is working hard.


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STEM KITS

STEM KITS

Recently we had a donors choose project funded for some Stem kits.

The students were experimenting with the water table kit. They had to solve a problem with some pipes to make a fountain.




 They were successful! They made the water come out of the spout.





A different activity has the students building rafts to see which one can float the most weight.  The students were will be able to experiment with their rafts in the water table floating different items. Here they are experimenting with building different types of rafts and boats.



Hanifa is putting the pieces together to make a raft and will add a sail in the end


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Gilberto in the Wind

There is a lot of learning going on in Pre K about wind. Jayden is making a painting inspired by the illustrations in the book, Gilberto and the Wind.


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