Our second Parent Educator Conference of the year will be this Weds., 11/2. I hope that you will attend. See Sunday’s DVIA newsletter for more info.
Exhibition is creeping up on us! If you would like any support with how your child might best present their project, just let me know. Be sure to email me your child’s proposal (or drop it off) by this Friday.
November Office Hours
Our November Office Hours are scheduled and available. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44ada729a13-november1
One thing that the hybrid classrooms have in common is that they participate in the Inner Explorer mindfulness program. DVIA is now able to offer it to you to experience at home. We can make available to you the session that is used in our classroom, for 24 hours after we use it. As our situation in the Collaborative doesn’t lend to using the program in our workshops, I will be logging in to the program daily, so that you can then access it at home.
You will receive both an introductory letter that describes the program and an invitation to “tune in,” which allows you to access the material. More information can be found at www.innerexplorer.org.
I will begin making sessions available on Thursday. If you have trouble with access, please let me know.
During the three weeks between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break, a number of opportunities will be available for your kids. The descriptions are below. As I am in the process of confirming the days and times, I will send a second email with the schedule and SignUpGenius links to RSVP.
- The Wonders of Chemistry – Led by Jen Rutkowski
- This is a three week series designed to introduce our kids to the wonders of chemistry and to provide parent educators with the tools and confidence to do science at home using common household items. A helpful way to prepare for this class is to watch the Magic School Bus episode (22min) "Meets Molly Cule" which can be found on Youtube or through the LA library system. I will also be providing handouts with more resources and fun experiment ideas to do at home. This is a parent involvement class and siblings are welcome.
- Week 1: We will be learning about household acids and bases and using litmus paper to test the pH of various liquids. Your child will go home with some litmus paper to continue the discovery!
- Week 2: We will be learning about the density of different liquids by doing the "Seven Layer Density Experiment".
- Week 3: We will be exploring chemical reactions and polymers by making gak and silly putty.
- Let’s Put on a Play
- This will be a 3 session workshop that culminates with the performance of a short play.
- We will create a backdrop, costumes and props.
- The story selected will depend on which students are participating.
- Everyone will have a role in the play. A small amount of time will be needed daily at home to “learn lines.”
- ESMoA Field Trip
- We are going to ESMoA on Thursday, Dec. 8th.
- An ESMoA educator will be with us on Monday, Dec. 5th for a pre-visit session.
- Hour of Code
- The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out www.hourofcode.org and www.code.org for more info. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
- We will spend about 60-90 minutes together, exploring coding tutorials.
- This workshop is for kids AND parents. You are welcome to join us and become more familiar with coding (or help out, if you are a coding veteran).
- Friday Workshop Follow-Up
- Friday workshop families will receive a separate email, making plans for completing our project.
On 10/21, we participated in an earthquake drill as part of the Great California Shakeout. We practiced how to respond if we are in our classroom or in the makerspace when an earthquake happens. If you don’t already have an emergency plan at home, this would be a great topic to incorporate in your homeschooling.
GRA (Global Read Aloud)
- Lauren Castillo
- Twenty Yawns
- How does Lauren use the illustrations to add to the story?
- Focus on how we calm ourselves after an exciting day to be able to sleep.
- Next session: We will make calming glitter jars.
- Twenty Yawns
- The BFG highlights
- Focus on phizzwizards (dreams)
- Discussion of the reading
- Listening to different music and drawing the color and movement of the music
- Imagining a wonderful phizzwizard, then writing a sentence about it and drawing it.
- Focus on phizzwizards (dreams)