October 28, 2016
Our day at the Schuylkill Center yesterday was the only non-beautiful day of the week. We had our lesson and then came back for lunch and recess rather than staying there, a decision that was validated by the rain that started as we boarded the bus back to school. Be sure to find out from your child what she or he did yesterday at the Schuylkill Center.
On several occasions this week, students looked at passages from the Tao te Ching, an ancient Chinese (from the 4th century BCE) text that influenced Buddhism in China. Many artists and scholars in China have been inspired by it. The text is relatively straightforward in vocabulary, but contains many contradictions within. The students have done a good job of grappling with the contradictory ideas and trying to think about what they might mean. An example of one passage: We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
(The passage concludes with this: Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the usefulness of what is not.)
Students enjoyed a writing prompt about paddling a kayak across the ocean to a new land. We also started a longer lesson on how to punctuate dialogue, as many of the students are using dialogue in their writing.
Today we had Family Circles; in many of them, we discussed school behavior with suggestions about how to improve it. Ask your child what they did in Family Circles today.
Finally, we started our Wednesday morning by dancing. We started by watching a video compilation of dance scenes in movies
(https://youtu.be/kVJu9AMJJr4) and then learned how to do the Time Warp. Our dancing this week will continue with our usual Friday afternoon cubby cleaning and dance party.
It’s hard to believe we are almost at the end of October already! Remember, there is no Halloween celebration at TPS this year, and students should not come to school in costume. Next week is a short week due to conferences -- we look forward to meeting with you! Enjoy the weekend!
Laura and David