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- Thanks to everyone with hanging in to find Ballona Discovery Park on Thursday!
- On Friday…
- We brainstormed spaces and places we are familiar with in the LA area and then sketched some of them, enhancing our drawings with chalk pastels.
- We took a trip back through time, touching on many highlights of the timeline of Los Angeles. Based on topics students showed interest in, our project will begin to emerge this week.
- Alert: No Field Trip this Week! I am pulling together a plan that will work, based on students’ interests. More news coming soon.
Mural, Mural, Mural
Now that our Homeschool Collaborative is back on the DVIA campus, we want to create an inviting outdoor environment where kids can feel it is their space. Kary Kika (Kailer’s mom) is offering an exciting mural painting experience to get us started in manifesting a beautiful outdoor space. Kary is a talented artist who creates beautiful murals and is graciously donating her time to lead this series of workshops. Our first mural will have a tree/meadow/nature them.
Here’s what you need to know:
- 9/12 12pm-1pm: Watercolor Exploration! Students are asked to bring in a leaf to use as a model.
- 9/19 10am-11am: Acrylics on Plywood Cutouts! Students will explore the use of acrylic paint.
- 9/26 10am-12pm: Mural Time! Students will use exterior latex to leave their mark in the tunnel. Add to the mural in the tunnel. Families are invited to participate in this workshop.
Attending all three workshops will allow students to have exposure to three different paint media, but students are still welcome if they can only attend one or two workshop sessions.
Please RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44ada729a13-mural
Discovery TechBooks…workshop for home educators (Tuesday 9/20 at 9:30-10:45am)
Ethel is leading a home educator workshop for our whole Homeschool Collaborative groupJ You will learn how to access the Social Studies and Science TechBooks on the Discovery Education site. You will learn how to utilize the pre-made lessons, how to assign student work, and other helpful tools the curriculum provides. This is an interactive workshop where you will leave with an account that is set up and ready to go! Please RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448a5ac2ea5fa7-discovery2
Global Read Aloud
Have you heard of the Global Read Aloud? The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 1,000,000 students having participated. The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we make local and global connections with other participants. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be.
I am offering two workshops for students to be able to participate in the GRA this year. RSVP (this sign-up is for both grade level groups): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44ada729a13-global. Here’s the scoop:
Author Study: Lauren Castillo...for students in grades K-2
On Mondays, 12:15-1:30 (beginning Oct. 3rd)
This 6-week workshop will focus on the picture books of Lauren Castillo. Following a read-aloud of the book of the week, students will engage in comprehension activities and connect with other worldwide GRA participants.
The BFG by Roald Dahl...for students in grade 3
On Mondays, 1:45-3:00 (beginning Oct. 3rd)
In this 6-week workshop, we will enjoy The BFG and learn about:
- vocabulary context clues
- making predictions
- and more...including making connection with other readers
Coming next week: I will send you a sign-up for our first round of Student-Led Conferences (which are our work journal meetings) as well as information on what to expect and how to lightly prepare.