Category Archives: Lower El Upstairs

LEU’s Gearing Up for Simple Machines!

The LEU team is now on the hunt for simple machines!

A simple machine needs a force like a push or pull. There are six different types of simple machines. On the playground, we built a lever to lift a heavy rock. Did you know that our scooter-boards have a simple machine called a wheel and axle on them? We also built an inclined plane to push a scooter-board up the steps. In the classroom, we built a pulley to lift something up. Did you know that at snack time a wedge can be used to cut an apple? We also noticed that many of our water bottles have screw on tops!

What simple machines can you spot at home and school?

– Written by Ethan C., Grade Three Student

Egg-citing News from LEU!

Surprisingly, a hen laid one white and shiny egg near the cups and water cooler on the playground! The next day another egg appeared. Then, once the second egg was laid, Ms. Michelle moved the eggs because the chicken was pooping on the cups! The eggs were moved by the side of the path in the bushes, where you enter and exit the playground. So be sure to look out for a hen in a crate next time you walk by.

I brought the hen some water and food, but after researching all about chickens, I found out she didn’t need it. When hens are broody they don’t actually need food or water or to use the bathroom! Imagine not eating or using the bathroom for twenty-one days!

In class we made a chart to mark off the days of incubation. Once the hen has begun sitting on the eggs, it takes twenty-one days for them to hatch. We think the due date is around
February 1st . Look out for her and her MBTS baby chicks!

Written by Ethan B., LEU

Montessori Parent Mornings in Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary parents enjoyed a brief glimpse into their child’s work in the  classroom as both LED and LEU classrooms hosted Montessori Parent Mornings throughout this past week.

During a Montessori Morning, parents are invited to drop in between 8:00 and 8:30 am and spend some time with their child as he or she demonstrates a few pieces of independently-selected work. Each grade has its own designated day, to ensure that there is space for every child to be able to focus and concentrate on sharing their work with parents.

These mornings are always very well-attended, and it is a pleasure to observe the children proudly exhibit their knowledge and skills. Thank you to all of the Lower Elementary parents who attended the Montessori Mornings this week!