- REMINDER: At your child’s November SLC, during the project/deep dive part of their sharing, I want them to talk with me about the project they will share at Exhibition. This will help me to make sure everyone is on-track.
Still need to sign up for November SLCs? Here is the link.
- Picture Day: Everyone had individual pictures taken and we also took group photos (All-Adventurers and All-Collaborative). You will receive information from the office about how to purchase photos.
- Pattern study: We worked on 2 levels of the same problem…How many ways can you win Tic-Tac-Toe? Some worked through the traditional game and others worked through 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe (and some worked on both). There is still some debate between the kids about the solution (our focus is on their thinking, not getting the “right” answer). They are learning to explain their thinking and to understand the thinking of others. This is NOT easy to do. Much of our pattern work involves identifying patterns in 3-D space and the Adventurers are getting comfortable with tackling what I call “high level math” and digging as deeply into the problem as they can.
- Printmaking: Kids designed and make their own stamps, then used them to create artwork. This is fun and easy to do at home, using foam art sheets and cardboard or blocks.
- Shadow puppets: They are working on their 2nd round of puppets, incorporating a moving part and a cut-out. They will finish these next week.
- We are continuing to read about Leonardo.
Next Wednesday is Pizza Day and Favorite Costume Day. Students are welcome to wear costumes to school (please make sure they are non-gory, mask- and weapon-free, etc. – we want it to feel fun for everyone, not scary). A couple of you inquired about whether or not we would be doing Halloween activities during the day. I do not have a plan to do so but if some of you are interested in putting together some activities and games (no food or candy, please), that could be fun. I could block out 45 minutes at the end of our day to do that. I would encourage you to keep it simple, easy and low-key since many kids will have evening activities and we don’t want them to be wiped out ahead of time. If you are interested in doing this, let me know. I will connect you with each other.
- Friday, Nov. 2nd – no school/no homeschool – Professional Development Day for staff
- Nov. 19-Nov. 23 – school closed for Thanksgiving Break
Field Trips (signup links with info and permission slips are on the Sign-Ups page)
- Thursday, Nov. 1 (11:30-1:00) - Park Day / Social at Polliwog Park – Connect, connect, connect…fun, Frisbee golf, rolling down hills, play structures and more!
- Thursday, Nov. 8 (12:45-3:45) - King Tut Exhibit and IMAX movie at the CA Science Center
- IMPORTANT: deadline for RSVP and payment (to the DVCo front desk) is Weds., Oct. 31st, as that is the last day we can make changes to our reservation.
- Thursday, Nov. 15 (10:00-12:00) – Madrona Marsh Tour – Join us for a visit to the nature center, followed by a docent-led tour of Madrona Marsh, a vernal marsh and natural wetland right in Torrance. The Madrona Marsh is a resting place for migrating birds. Over 275 native bird species and 50 non-native species are seen there.
- Thursday, Nov. 29 (12:00-2:00) – George F. Canyon Trail Hike – This is a beautiful hike and not to be missed. Hiking is fun with a group!
- Thursday, Dec. 6 (2:00-3:30) – Hour of Code – This is a “staycation” field trip that will be held in the Collaborative Home Base. Coding fun for all levels. The kids love coding together, so I hope you can come. We will have computers set up for adult fun, as well. NOTE: This will be our first “bring a friend” event. You can invite a non-DV Connect student (and their parents) to join you at this event.
- Thursday, Dec. 13 (11:30-1:00) – All Collaborative Social Fun at Hermosa Valley Park.
- Thursday, Dec. 20 (12:15-2:00) – Tidepool Walk at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – We will start with a slideshow and then a naturalist will lead us on an exploration of the Point Fermin tidepools.
2019-2020 Enrollment: Do you know other homeschoolers who might be interested in DV Connect next year? If so, please share the information you read in the DV Connect newsletter about applying (applications available Nov. 1) and information meetings.