CD Arbor Park celebrated the Holiday season with a lesson on perspective taking, gift giving and receiving. The students participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange. Each student focused on thinking about their peers and choosing the perfect gift for them. We were so impressed with how well they have gotten to know each other this school year. They did an amazing job. Friendships were strengthened and the joy of giving was seen and felt around the room!
C12 celebrated its Authors and the unique stories our students have to share! During our First Author: Author's Chair Lesson, our students took turns showcasing their writing to classmates. Students were encouraged to make comments about each other's work! It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our students' interests and ownership over their writing!
A23 and A24 joined forces and created candy grams for Arbor Park students! All grades enjoyed purchasing handmade candy gram treats made by CD Program students. Each student was able to interact with their general education peers by selling the candy grams and then delivering them Halloween day! The students raised these funds to support their upcoming community outings and extra incentives they enjoy. WOW!
On our last day before Fall Break, we enjoyed a Charlie Brown Feast (i.e. popcorn, jelly beans, pretzels, and toast/crackers) with our friends in C12 while we watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. We practiced using our manners (being respectful) and enjoyed helping Daniel celebrate his first Thanksgiving in America! We are thankful for all of our friends and family this season and all year long!
In C11, we celebrated two holidays related to the end of Autumn - Halloween (or Samhain as it was originally known) and Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). We learned the histories of both holidays and compared and contrasted important facts about each. For example, we dress up in scary costumes for Halloween so we blend in with visiting spirits and they will leave us alone. However, for Dia De Los Muertos, we place candles, marigolds, and pictures out so the spirits of our ancestors will visit us. We love when our social studies lessons lead to parties/fiestas in C11!
On October 24, we went to the Shedd Aquarium with our friends from C12. We visited the Wild Reef where we saw aquarium employees and volunteers feeding the animals and cleaning their exhibits. We even saw employees catching big fish in one display in order to move them to an exhibit of their own (they had been eating all the food before the smaller fish had a chance to eat!). We also watched a diver feeding the animals in the Caribbean Reef exhibit, got a good visit in with the beluga whales (Mrs. G's favorite!), went to the tide pool where we touched some sea stars and barnacles, and watched the dolphins show off their skills in the aquatic show. It was a great day to visit the animals we have been studying in science this month!