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Parent Educator Conference #1 will take place next Weds., 10/3. You will already be here, dropping off your kids (and work journals), so why not stay and check it out?! Jennifer and I will be with students all day, so we are not presenting. However, there will be terrific workshops led by other teachers, a parent-led work journal jam (collaborative planning session) and more. This is one of the many ways we DV Connect offers opportunities for connection and support. I hope you will take advantage of this chance to meet and connect with other parent educators. See the DV Connect Newsletter for details.
Student-Led Conferences are coming up. You can see SLC info and expectations on the Resources page. New families, please set up an Office Hours appointment if you would like support with understanding SLCs and getting prepared. If you have not already done so, please sign up for an appointment (on the Sign Ups page).
Check this out! The Greater Good Science Center at UCBerkeley publishes a monthly Happiness Calendar. It contains daily links to helpful articles and activities. You will find a link to this and several other new resources on the Feelings and Social Skills page (formerly known as Social Emotional Resources).
Another change on this site: I have moved all of the writing and handwriting resources to the Writing page. The Language Arts page has been renamed Reading Resources. Sorry for the changes but my goal is to make it easier to navigate and find what you want. If anyone likes to create websites and wants to improve this one, just let me know.
WoW this week: We slowed things down a bit this week to allow for extra connection time. Many students had been absent on previous weeks due to travel, illness and family emergencies and we really needed some time to pull people together as a group. Here are a few highlights…
- Printmaking in the makerspace with Jim. Students used sections of Styrofoam plates, ink and brayers to create nameplates and images. This involved re-engaging with mirror writing and navigating a multi-step process. We will continue this work next week. If your child did not take their cover shirt home, I have it for them to use next week. This workshop went longer than usual.
- Observational sketching: We looked at eyes: ours, others’ and photos. We noticed a lot of interesting details in the shapes and colors we saw. Eyes can be tricky to draw and everyone had a terrific first draft. Several kids were more sensitive than usual to their own perceived degree of success. I suspect it had to do with how personal eyes feel to us and how important it might feel to “get them right.”
- More hopscotch creation and playing in teams.
- Relay games, starting with stilts (another Renaissance children’s activity). We also did skipping, galloping, etc. Please be sure to incorporate these various types of movements into your child’s experience. They require coordination of both brain hemispheres, which is super important.
- During Inner Explorer, we focused on sending “friendly wishes.”
- I’ve started increasing the level of student responsibility for our environment, both inside and outside.
- We shared our printmaking with the Voyagers and they shared a bit about their physics experiment with us.
Next week, we will move back toward a faster-paced WoW day. We will also be working with ink, again.
Learning About the Library with the Wiseburn Librarian: I think the best parts of our field trip were getting to listen to Tomás and the Library Lady, ahead of seeing the performance on Monday and the kids talking with the librarian after the “official” part of the field trip, using her as a resource to find what they wanted to read and/or use for project research.
Field Trips and Other Dates: Info and RSVP links are on the Sign Ups page.
- Fri. 9/28 10:00-11:00 Collaborative Program Planning Meeting – Thanks to all who came!
- Fri. 9/28 Last Day of Work Journal #1
- Mon. 10/1 11:00-1:00 Field Trip: Tomás and the Library Lady (performance at Pepperdine)
- Weds. 10/3 before 4pm Work Journal #1 and work samples due to the DVCo front office (please do not give them to teachers)
- Thur. 10/4 12:45-3:00 CANCELLED - International Print Museum (not enough participants)
- Thur. 10/4 3:30-4:45 Robotics Co-Op Meeting and Kick-Off Session
- Thur. 10/11 3:30-4:45 Robotics Co-Op session
- Fri. 10/12 1:00-2:00 Sports and Games Co-Op @Del Aire Park
- Fri. 10/5 no homeschool required – prof. development day for DVCo teachers
- Tues. 10/9 9:30-12:30 Field Trip: Natural History Museum
- 10/11-10/15 Student-Led Conferences