12.20.2013

Jingle Bells



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The three-year-olds in C-1 spread joy and cheer through Chilton House as they went caroling through the building carrying homemade jingle bells.  Happy holidays!!

12.18.2013

Many Hands Make Light Work


Mrs. Bhagia's fourth grade and Mrs. Ebeling's first grade buddy classes work together to create a "handmade" friendship wreath to decorate Little School's lobby.

They experienced the value of cooperation and the joy of giving.

12.16.2013

EMS Students Participate in MOOC Event on Minecraft in Education


Recently some of our fourth, fifth and sixth graders had the opportunity to teach teachers from around the world!


The Elisabeth Morrow School was invited to host the kick off event for the Games MOOC
(Massively Open Online Course) weekend focused on using Minecraft in education. We hosted an open house on Morrowcraft , our 24/7 Minecraft server, to showcase student work. Students were in the game to welcome visiting teachers and answer their questions. They were able to participate either from home or school. Ms. Malmstrom and Ms Rolle coordinated the activities at school and Ms. Malmstrom helped facilitate the event both on and off-line.


The logistics of running a MOOC event in real time to such large audiences around the world is quite amazing. Facilitators of the Games MOOC hosted commentary of our live event using a Google Hangout that was simultaneously streamed via YouTube. Participants were able to ask questions in the YouTube chat and the facilitators relayed them back to us in the Google Hangout. This event was also discussed on Twitter using #gamemooc. Two of our sixth graders were also tweeting on behalf of the EMS students. Our guest moderator was Dr. Bronwyn Stuckey from Sydney, Australia.


Our students were so impressive. Several shared how Mrs. Bliesener’s class is using Minecraft this year in social studies. Some students gave tours of all the wonderful things they have built. Others showed how they create circuits with red stone and so much more. Mrs. Goldman and Mr. Baly also contributed their perspective as both educators and parents.





12.13.2013

We are Bucket Fillers!









We are Bucket Fillers! The kindergarteners in C2 have created a bucket-filling classroom. First, we read the book
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids,  by Carol McCloud. Then we discussed and listed the many ways that we can fill each others buckets every day.  The "buckets" represent our state of mind and well being, and the language of bucket filling has become synonymous with kindness and the 4 C’s at EMS.

The children are motivated and excited about being bucket fillers by helping one another, working together, demonstrating kindness and showing appreciation.  They are learning that when they help to fill other peoples buckets, they are actually filling their own buckets as well.

12.11.2013

Getting Ready for the Little School Holiday Program








Recently, the fourth grade recorder ensemble practiced for the Little School Holiday Program.  They will be joining the fourth grade band, cellists, and violinists in performing "Ode to Joy" on Friday, December 20.  Performing in an ensemble teaches students to work together, listen to each other and follow a conductor.  It also strengthens individual musicianship, as each student learns that their part is important, and makes the whole group's performance successful.

12.03.2013

Getting Ready for Regrouping!






In preparation for regrouping double digit numbers the second graders counted up large collections of items found in the classroom. In doing so, they discovered ways to do this most efficiently was to separate the items into larger and easier to count groups. They learned that counting by tens was easiest and then adding the ones left over for an accurate total.