The Ukulele as a Tool for Musical Learning

All fourth grade students at St. John’s have the wonderful opportunity to learn the ukulele as part of the fourth grade music curriculum. Over the past few weeks, the students have been learning about the parts of the ukulele and practicing how to care for these special instruments. Last week the students had their very first (and very exciting!) day playing the ukuleles. They learned how to fingerpick and play each string. We are excited for a wonderful year of musical learning as we continue to delve into reading and playing musical notes and rhythms, learning about musical scales, composing, creating, playing the ukulele, and enjoying God’s wonderful gift of music.

Mrs. Megan Guebert, Instrumental Music

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The Gingerbread Man Hunt

What better way to get to know your new school surroundings than to follow a freshly baked Gingerbread Man! Luckily, he left helpful clues along the way.

We also took the opportunity to compare and contrast several versions of “Gingy” stories with a variety of characters and settings. We had to learn to spell f-o-x so Gingy would feel safe enough to return to our room for good. Of course, we had to promise not to eat him (even though he looks delicious). Friends don’t eat friends.

Later in the year, a little Gingy will have a sleepover at each friend’s house and write up a sleepover report for our Gingy Journal. While enjoying the excitement of the hunt, we had the chance to work on building our class community, solving problems and riddles, communicating through writing as we read and then composed notes to him, and even turning right and left as we went from place to place.

Mrs. Linda Warneke, Kindergarten

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Sink of Float?

STEM! (Science Technology Engineering & Math)

Does it sink or float?  My kindergarten class had a fun time exploring and working together to see which objects would sink or float.  They were also able to explore with a toy boat and a toy raft to see which one would hold more animals before it sunk to the bottom.  With trial and error, they were able to see that the raft held more animals because of its flat surface.  Science is fun!

Mrs. Molly Harrison, Kindergarten

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