Thanks to everyone who joined me at Pepperdine for Tomas and the LIbrary Lady. It was quite a drive but we all agreed it was very much worth it! The production was beautifully done and the (true) story provided a wonderful opportunity to understand the experience of children of migrant workers. I have borrowed the book from the library and it is available in our Home Base, if you would like to read it with your child(ren).
WoW was great fun this week. I’m sure you’ve heard the highlights from your kids (perhaps based on what I posted with them on Weds.) but here is a little extra...
- We created bookmarks during our printing workshop. We also hosted educators from the conference Michelle told you about in the newsletter and the Adventurers taught our guests how to create a print (a few were brave enough to dive in and try it, ink and all).
- Pattern work: We all contemplated a square pyramid made from balls and some focused on finding the pattern present in finding how many balls are needed for a 6-level pyramid and/or an n-level pyramid. Others then worked with me on choral counting and finding patterns in the scribed numbers while counting by 2’s and by 10’s. It got tricky for some when we counted on from a number other than zero. If you are not already doing so, please be sure to incorporate this in your work. It is an important element of developing number sense.
- We’ve started some work with what we are calling light boxes. Your kids can explain the design. We are diving into refraction and reflection and will experiment with different colors of water.
- Robotics: We held our first meeting on Thursday afternoon and are ready to blast off to the moon! Students will be designing robotic solutions to challenges presented by living off-Earth. Families and teachers are working together to plan and guide students. We are planning to explore WeDo, Mindstorms and VEX robotics systems this year.
- The Sports and Outdoor Games Co-Op would love to have a few more students join. This will take place on Fridays from 1 - 2 PM at Del Aire Park, with the first session this Friday, 10/12. If your student would like to be part of the fun, sign up here: Sports and Outdoor games
- Tuesday, Oct 9th - Homeschool day at the Natural History Museum
- Thursday, Oct. 18th - Homeschool Day at the Autry Museum
- Thursday, Oct. 25th - Getty Museum (docent-led followed by exploration)
- Thursday, Nov 1 - Park Day / Social at Polliwog Park
- Thursday, Nov 8 - King Tut Exhibit and IMAX movie at the CA Science Center (sign up coming soon)