Cardinal and blue jay pinch pots

Following a preliminary pinch pot lesson, K-1 students made sculptures of blue jays and cardinals. We discussed how these birds often remain in Maine for the winter months. Color choice reinforced warm and cool color palettes.

Spanish market in 2-3

The 2-3 space was recently converted into an authentic Spanish Market where students could practice conversation using vocabulary they had learned about food.  There were five different stands that the students rotated through: a Frutería (fruit stand), Verdulería (vegetable stand), Panadería (bakery), Lechería (dairy products), and Una Tienda (a store) where they used “money” to buy real food and items.

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Electricity Club

Interested fourth- and fifth-grade students participated in an electricity club during recesses this fall. Students experimented with snap circuits to learn about the basics of electricity and wiring. Inspired by the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, students then built a small styrofoam “Power House” that generated electricity through solar panels and a windmill. They were most excited to see a LED light shining brightly when the windmill spun at high speeds!

Watch a video of students generating electricity

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Great book ideas for the holiday season

Waynflete librarians Emily Graham and Laurel Daly have put together a selection of books that will inspire a love of reading!

Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Grades 1-2

  • Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
  • A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel
  • I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
  • Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto
  • Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

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