WORK JOURNAL #4 DUE – Your current work journal (which ended Friday) must be turned into the front office no later than Tuesday, 3/27 (today) at 4:15 PM. It is very important for our school funding that you turn in your work journal on time so that attendance credit can be given.
WJ #5 is attached to this email. It runs from March 26 – May 25th, and after that you’ll only have a short 6-day work journal. More info to come about WJ #6. It will be very simple to complete.
SLC note: Three appointments have opened up today for SLCs (11:00, 11:45 and 12:15). If one of those times is more convenient for you than your current appointment, please reschedule at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44ada729a13-march4.
Monday Workshop Update:
Mirrors and Windows
Last week, we read a chapter of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and the kids each designed their own “cure” for “Selfishness.” They had some great ideas. Everyone took their work home, so I hope you had a nice chat about their ideas.
Yesterday, we read and discussed How Full Is Your Bucket, for kids. Students worked individually to identify something they do or can do to help fill other people’s buckets. They drew and collaged their ideas and took them home.
Last week, we read Clink and students worked in teams of 2 or 3 to create their own robot skit. Great collaboration and creativity!
Yesterday, we worked on co-creating a town with some of the building materials we have outside. It evolved into making the biggest wall they could
Yesterday, we were invited to participate in a Core 5 Exhibition event. Students were taken on individual tours of the Maya exhibit in Robin’s room. Some students went on multiple tours! We prepared by discussing how to be a helpful audience and examples of questions we might ask.
Friday Workshop Update:
Michelle came in and led a discussion about the things students like about their DVIA experiences and their homeschooling and the wishes they have for the future of DVIA/
Flowering Plants and Animal Habitats
- Resources – what do all living things need to survive?
- Shelter – types, purposes
- Read a book about the California Least Tern, then drew and wrote to show our understanding of its habitat and shelter, as well as the impact people are having on it.
Crazy 8’s Math Club
- Exploding Dice – geometry of standard dice; patterns of standard dice; played addition/subtraction Compare (also known as War) with dice; played a human-sized game of addition Bingo.
Journey to Mars – led by Jennifer Racusin
Dates: Fridays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4
Description: Are you ready to talk space? I’ve spent the year going to educator events at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) learning everything I can from them. Now I’m going to share this knowledge with you. I’ve got Slides! Science Experiments! Videos! Let’s spend Fridays in April and early May learning about the Mars InSight mission launching on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. This is a unique launch because it’s the first time an interplanetary vehicle is being launched from our coast - and we’ll be able to see it! We’ll also learn about Earth, Mars, the moon and the quest to understand the origins of our solar system along the way.
Butacas – a maker workshop – led by Sara Ochoa
Dates: Mondays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30
11:00-noon (kids can stay for lunch)
Sara Ochoa (mom of Seth and Samara) will be leading a series of workshops in which students will design and build their own butaca (easy chair). She is generously sharing this family tradition (she remembers doing this with her grandfather as a child) with us. It connects nicely with the Found in Translation exhibit currently at LACMA through April 1st. Students will assemble a wooden frame, design a decorative pattern, weave the seat and put it all together into a functional chair. They will take their butacas home after the last workshop.
SLC’s – Please help your child to come prepared to SLCs this week!
Spring Break – No School / No Homeschool April 2 - 6
Future Events to keep on your radar:
LACMA Evening for Educators: City and Cosmos: Arts of Teotihuacan – Tues., Apr. 10 at 5pm. These adult evenings are great events focused on building educators’ skill sets and content knowledge. The $15 ticket includes a catered dinner (served outdoors, so wear layers). http://www.lacma.org/evenings-for-educators
Collaborative Student Exhibition – May 9th - 5 – 6:30 – Start thinking about a project your student would like to focus on and display for our Spring Exhibition.
Hubble IMAX Field Trip – May 16th
POL’s (Presentations of Learning) – May 29 – June 1