Oakwood kindergarten students built leprechaun traps at home with their families to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Students had the opportunity to share their traps in class and explain how they work. Before heading on home Friday, March 16, students set the traps in hopes of catching a leprechaun over the weekend. No leprechauns were captured, but evidence of the mischievous characters' presence – footprints, green toilet water, overturned chairs, and even a rainbow over their classroom – welcomed our kindergarteners to school on Monday.
Your child astonishes you every day. Sometimes you gasp at her maturity, like her ability to remember and use words you’ve just read in her storybook. Other times her innocence brings tears to your eyes. She’s a child—wondrous, exceptional, vulnerable.
At Oakwood, we celebrate this amazing stage of life—we don’t rush it.
We take time to discover and nurture the talents and interests of every student. And we make sure your child feels safe and encouraged to discover herself. Oakwood is the place for her to seek out new experiences—shooting a three-point basket, playing a dragon on stage, asking a burning question, making a new best friend. Here, variety feels exciting. It’s a chance to learn something new, or to work out a solution. The way we see it, we have as much to learn from our children as they do from us. So let’s all learn together, as an extended family of exuberant, thoughtful explorers.
We are Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our diverse community, thriving on an expansive campus, provides a home for an extended family of learners. Here, we share our unwavering commitment to a more intentional education. To learn more about our educational philosophy, download our Lower School Brochure. The best way for your family to meet our family is to tour our scenic Morgan Hill campus, meet our teachers and students, and observe our learning in action. Our family looks forward to meeting yours.
In honor of what would have been Dr. Seuss' 113th birthday, Oakwood Kindergarteners have been working on Dr. Seuss-themed projects. They read, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" and worked in groups to make "Oobleck." They made and wore Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats, ate green eggs and ham, and even wore their pajamas to school. Happy birthday to the beloved, Dr. Seuss.
Oakwood Kindergarten students took a field trip to the Morgan Hill CDF fire station. Firefighters explained the functions of a fire truck, a tanker truck, and the many different tools and equipment used in their work. Students toured the housing facilities, interacted with a fully uniformed fire fighter, and even got to sit in the driver's seat of the fire truck! It was a fun experience learning about fire safety and the workings of a fire station. Thank you Morgan Hill firefighters!
The Oakwood lower school words of the month for February are "Seek Common Ground" which is also one of the "Nine Tools of Civility" from the "Speak Your Peace" project. Seeking common ground involves the consensus-decision making process, which encourages students to participate in meaningful interactive conversations and discussions with their peers. The Character Awards were held Friday morning in the library. Lower school students who seek common ground with others were selected by their teacher as Character Award recipients. These outstanding students received certificates and enjoyed donuts while Principal Shales honored their achievements in seeking common ground.
Oakwood celebrated the many cultures of its community through entertainment and food sampling at the biennual International Festival. The festival featured musical performances representative of Scottish, Indian, Ukranian, Japanese, Mexican, and Filipino heritage. Many numbers were led and choreographed by our talented students. Students wearing traditional garb paraded across the stage proudly showcasing cultures from around the world. The festival concluded with food sampling from many countries including India, England, Italy and Middle Eastern countries. This gave students the opportunity to try many new dishes.
The Oakwood community gathered for the annual Freedom Festival – Oakwood's school-wide celebration of patriotism. Students honored our country and our veterans with grade level presentations which included patriotic songs and videos produced by students. Veterans and members of the military had special VIP seating and were honored with a song especially for them, "American Heroes."
Oakwood kindergarteners practiced their adding skills while also learning the essential skill of working (and compromising) within a group. For this math activity, students received different amounts of counters and worked in groups to write equations. They had the chance to communicate with each other and work towards a common goal. By practicing being an effective team member they developed confidence in their own abilities and while furthering their knowledge of addition.
It was a lovely Valentine's Day today in Oakwood lower school. Students spread love all around campus as they celebrated with Valentine-themed activities and crafts, sweet treats, and of course, a Valentine exchange with their classmates. All faculty and staff were also treated to Valentine-themed goodies from our wonderful families. Happy Valentine's Day!
Oakwood students celebrated being 100 days older and 100 days wiser on their 100th day of school. Students had 100-themed activities and snacks throughout the day. First graders wore colorfully decorated 100 day hats. Kindergarteners proudly wore t-shirts that they decorated themselves with 100 items. Our JrK classes celebrated by dressing as 100-year-old people with walkers, canes and all. It's always fun to see our students' creativity and excitement on special days like this. Happy 100th day Oakwood!
This trimester the kindergarten classes are studying about Native Americans. They have learned about the Abenaki and the Anasazi people. Last week, they had fun creating pinch pots. History is always fun and exciting in the world of Kindergarten.
The thing that stood out in the Early Childhood program here was that it was developmentally based and not just hardcore academics. It was the musical movement. It was the art. It was looking at the whole child and making sure that every aspect was focused upon throughout their day.Oakwood Parent
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