We started the morning with our Land Acknowledgement.
A land acknowledgment is a traditional custom in many Native communities and nations to show respect to the people of the land since time immemorial. The importance of land acknowledgments for non-indigenous individuals and communities relies on the recognition of their relationship to the original inhabitants of a location and to the land. Furthermore, it is a way to show respect and gratitude to the traditional stewards of a specific location, while recognizing that colonialism is still an ongoing process.
The Library we often have taken a moment of silence in which the students can reflect on the land, and the shelter and peace in which our teepees provide. Today, I invite you to share in that moment with us.
We recognize that Donnelly Library sits on the ancestral land of the Nimiipuu Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Nimiipuu people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor and make visible the Library’s relationship to Native peoples. Today and tomorrow and every day to come we will continue to honor the Nez Perce Tribe.
We further acknowledge that Long Valley was a summer resting ground and we to must continue to seek rest in the Valley.
Today we honor all of the tribes that chose this Valley as a place of rest. Shoshone-Bannock, Cayuse, and Northern Paiutes, and the NezPerce.
Today, in your activities we encourage you to play hard, open your minds to learning and more but please take a moment and remember the blessing of the land which is around you.
We took the kids inside and had them choose 3 books: one green, one about gardening, and one about travel. This opportunity to discover the Library is very enjoyable. Miss Sherry picked 3 of her favorites and that was our morning reading. All 3 had green on the cover. Our green book however was a book called Home. Our travel book was called Who Is Driving by Leo Timmers. We read Seeds And More Seeds by Millicent Selsam. Seeds and More Seeds inspired us to plant seeds. Each child colored and decorated a pot and planted a seed of their choice.
Latin with Magistra Sarah: Ravenclaw won today’s certamen which covered Friday’s lesson on the constellations. Quincie again pulls her house through to a victory! Today’s lesson was on comets, specifically Halley’s Comet which has, through the ages, become a predictor of significant historical events. Students learned about the Battle of Hastings in 1066, with William of Normandy’s invasion of England which started the Norman period of influence. To record his version of events leading up to the battle and to explain his reasons for invading, William commissioned a tapestry, called the Bayeux Tapestry. Students learned that the tapestry is actually a piece of embroidered linen, 230 feet long and 20 inches wide, which relates the account in Latin, so both the Normans and the English would be able to read it. Today it resides in Battle Abbey in Bayeux, France.
Cason taught Spanish Class today. He kept with the GREEN theme and read Canva, Rama, Canta which is Sing, Froggie, Sing. I was very impressed by the words the students knew from Miss Alice’s class the last few weeks.
Abuela = Grandma
Gato = Cat
Perro = Dog
Alice has done a wonderful job this summer teaching the young Rainbows Spanish.
Afternoon we jammed out to Frog Trouble.
All of the Frog Trouble songs are great. https://www.youtube.com/@frogtroublemusic
You can check out the book Frog Trouble by Sandra Boynton.
In the afternoon we discussed our library Summer Reading theme “All Together Now.” The students received passports and we explained how each afternoon we would read books from other countries. Today, we read The Secret Pocket and talked about if it is ever okay to steal. This book is about a young four year old who was taken to the Lejac Residential School. Many schools in Canada for indigenous people were abusive. This story is about the students sewing pockets into their dresses to hide food to keep them from starvation. The stories from the Lejac School are tragic and sad. We encourage you as parents to use stories like this one to discuss stealing and moral choices. Is it ever okay to steal? Each child was allowed to give their own answers.
Our last story of the day was How Do You Make a Rainbow? It is a wonderful celebration of love, friendship, and community.
Latin with Magistra Sarah: Today’s certamen was about the Bayeux Tapestry with Ravenclaw winning not only today’s certamen but was also the high point winner for the week, earning both Quincie and Christine brag tags! Well done, girls! After the certamen, students could color scenes from the tapestry. I should mention also that Hunter gave a presentation on snakes today and students learned that the word for snake is coluber.
Wednesday: Green Eggs and Ham
It is a Dr. Seuss kind of day. We will be eating green eggs and ham, and reading all the wonderful books by Dr. Seuss. Well, not all the wonderful works because we just don’t have that much time.
Llama Llama green pajama… It’s green week and we know the story goes red pajama, but we have a bit of a switch this week because the Llamas are visiting. Llamas!!!!! Miss Sherry loves flamingos, whales, sloths, and llamas. (Also buffalo, starfish, penguins and so much more… but I do not like snakes and spiders.)
Latin with Magistra Sarah: Today students discussed the Latin origins of the three unforgiveable curses which appear in Harry Potter. They reviewed Stage 1 so students who joined late could catch up.
Latin with Magistra Sarah: Today’s lesson started with a certamen focusing on yesterday’s vocubulary. Students then continued translating Stage 1.
Wednesday: Today students started studying mythological creatures and picked one to research for a presentation.
Thursday: We started the lesson today with a short certamen and students researched their creatures.
Friday: Today’s lesson started with a certamen, focusing on students’ general knowledge of mythological creatures. Congratulations to Evelyn in Huffle Puff for being the high point winner for the week! Students presented their research on their creatures.
Monday, August 7
Latin with Magistra Sarah: After a week’s hiatus, students launched into a deeper study of Latin grammar. Using Stage 2 as a review of vocabulary, students learned that subjects of sentences go into the nominative case and direct objects go into the accusative case. Students learned the difference between a direct object and a predicate noun.