What a great first day on-campus we had on Wednesday! I could not ask for a more wonderful group of students and families. We have such an abundance of kind, caring and compassionate hearts in our Adventurers family. I captured a few photos and they will be posted soon. You can see the kids’ 8/28 post below and here are a few additional highlights:
- We started with morning meeting, as we always will. This week we did elbow greetings, neighbor sharing, played four corners and read the morning message. The kids put on their detective hats to find spelling and punctuation errors in the message.
- We went on a tour of campus with a list of images to look for (see previous post).
- After body break, we started learning our ST Math passwords (a series of 13 images that the program teaches them to recognize). Many students have their passwords and are ready to go. Others are still learning and will finish their password training next Weds. Information on how to use ST Math at home is available on the math resources page. Email me if you have questions.
- After eating lunch, kids played with the imagination playground blocks, gaga ball, basketball and more. Some went to the makerspace and created up a storm.
- In the afternoon, we went to the makerspace and worked with Jim. After I read Just Be Who You Are to them, students created a puppet that reflected something special about themselves. Some also created a backdrop for their puppet’s story. They shared their puppets with the group (our first “group” presentation and everyone participated...yay!). The puppets and backdrops were sent home.
- After a short closing meeting where we shared how we felt about the day, what we would like for future days and created our blog post for you, we had some extra play time outside to connect and let off energy.
- At the end of the day, we went into the Forum and students shared their puppet with a Voyager partner (the Voyagers are Jennifer’s 5th-8th grade group). The Voyagers shared the landers they created in their project workshop. In addition to our time together at body break and lunch, Jennifer and I include this end-of-day sharing to build community and connection between our groups.
- Note: ask your kids how to play the 1, 2, 3 Clap game (some of you already learned it at our Collaborative 101 meeting.
Notes for WoW next week:
- Please remember to send a reusable water bottle with your child. We do our best not to fill landfills with disposable cups.
- If your child buys lunch, remember that kids are invited to bring and eat a snack at body break (around 10:45). If your child is a snacker, you might want to pack something.
- Being and feeling independent is SO important to kids. Please help them learn to manage the food containers you send, the clothes they wear (zippers, buttons, etc.) and their shoes. If they are learning to tie their shoelaces at home, we are happy to work with them on it at school, too. If you aren’t ready to teach your child to tie their shoes, you might consider finding some hand-me-down alternative-style laces (example 1 and example 2; please ignore shoe brands). They hold shoes closed without needing to be tied. Have some sitting in a drawer to offer to another family? Use the family directory to let people know.
- We are working on building strong hygiene habits such as washing hands before eating, after using the restroom (of course) and before coming into the classroom from outside. Please help in this effort by reminding your child to stop at the restroom to wash their hands as they enter school. Thanks!
- In that same spirit, while we all know that “sharing is caring,” no one wants to be a recipient of the gift of a cold or the flu. If there is ANY chance that your child is contagious, please keep them home for a homeschool day, instead of sending them to workshop or joining a field trip. While it is always disappointing to miss a day, it is better for everyone, including the one who is sick.
Field Trips: What a beautiful day at the beach we had yesterday. It was great to have so many of you join us and to see the kids digging, building and playing so joyfully. In addition to our trips to ESMoA on 9/5 and the LA County Fair on 9/12, here is the scoop on future field trips (click on the links for more info and to sign up):
- Sept. 19th, 10:30-12:30: Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden and Polliwog Park
- Sept. 26th, 11:00-1:00: Picnic and Farmer’s Market
- Oct. 3th, 10:00-12:30: Community Service Project-FOHWL Annual Book Sale Set-Up
- Oct. 10th, 10:00-1:00: Getty Museum
- Oct. 17th, time TBA: CA Science Center to see the Math Alive exhibit and Backyard Wilderness 3D IMAX movie
- Oct. 24th: TBD...still in the planning stages
- Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 9:20-11:30: Natural History Museum Homeschool Day (Nocturnal Nature)
- Nov. 7th, 10:00-1:00: Hike at El Dorado Nature Center
Communication on field trip days: On field trip days, you may find that you want to contact me to let me know you are running late, not able to attend, need help with directions, etc. I have emailed you my cell phone number so that you can reach me (text is preferred). Please use my school phone or email for any other communication needs.
Collaborative Program Co-ops: As part of the Collaborative program, your student is welcome to join our any of our Co-ops, along with you. Parents and teacher(s) work together to organize, plan and lead co-op experiences for students. Parents do not need to be experts or have special skills. You only need to be willing to dive in, help and learn alongside the rest of us. Two co-ops that we are definitely offering this year are:
- Creative Problem-Solving (Drama/Theater/Public Speaking and Odyssey of the Mind) (for Adventurers): In this co-op, students will engage in creative problem-solving, play theater games, create skits/performances based on prompts, learn to create backdrops and sets, learn presentation skills and more. This will prepare us to tackle Odyssey of the Mind challenges and perhaps share our solutions at an Odyssey event (if there is family interest in doing so). Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program that has been around for many years. Students work in teams, over a period of time, to solve a stated long-term problem and present their solution to the problem to an audience (usually at a competition, which has an emphasis on sharing and celebration, not winning). Here is the twist: When students are working on their long-term problems, they do so independently of outside guidance. Their solutions (from conception to creation) are 100% theirs. Meetings will be on Mondays, 3:30-5:00 at DV Connect. First meeting date in Sept., TBA. Joining us (or just want to try it out)? RSVP for Adventurers here.
- Robotics (for Adventurers and Voyagers): This will be our second year diving into robotics as a co-op. We had a blast last year and look forward to expanding our group and participating in a local FIRST robotics competition (for those interested). We use Lego Mindstorms and Lego WeDo sets to build robots that meet the FIRST Lego League and FIRST Lego League, Jr. challenges. We also have access to VEX kits, some ozobots and hex robots. If there is enough interest and enough support, we can consider using VEX kits this year. Meetings will be on Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 at DV Connect. First meeting date in Sept., TBA. RSVP for Adventurers here.