Project Development and Idea Sharing: A MeetUp for Parent Educators – Tuesday, October 30th, 6-8pm. Students are asked to complete at least one project or “deep dive” into a topic/challenge of interest to them each semester. We will get together to go over the wide variety of ways this can happen, share what we are working on (and/or have in the past) and support each other by brainstorming ideas and suggestions to deepen and enrich the work you are doing. Reminder: Students will share their projects at Exhibition on the evening of Weds., Dec. 12th. This workshop is designed for adults but you are welcome to bring the kids, if you need to. Please RSVP by 10/26. THIS IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO GET INPUT ON WAYS TO EXTEND AND DEEPEN THE WORK YOU ARE DOING WITH YOUR CHILD AND TO GET INSIGHT INTO WHAT OTHER FAMILIES ARE DOING. YOU HAVE A LOT TO SHARE WITH EACH OTHER. I hope you will come.
School Picture Day – Weds., October 24th (in the morning). Put it on your calendar! Kids are welcome to “dress up” for pictures, if they want to. They will then change into their regular school attire.
WoW was great fun last 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...
- The highlight of the day was making and experimenting with shadow puppets. During previous workshops on light, this topic came up as an interest multiple times. So, I am incorporating it into our plan. We will continue to learn new shadow puppet-making techniques and begin developing the content of our performance(s). The topic will be Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. I am interested to see how this evolves.
- Pattern study: We skipped this on Weds. and boy, did I get grief! Quite a few of the kids LOVE this part of the day. I promised that I would work it into our future schedules (or send something home, if I wasn’t able to do it). Your kids love math! Yay!
Field Trips (signup links with info and permission slips are on the SignUps page)
- Thursday, Oct. 25th (10:30-1:30) - Getty Museum (docent-led followed by exploration)
- Thursday, Nov. 1 (11:30-1:00) - Park Day / Social at Polliwog Park
- 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. We recommend bringing binoculars, if you have them. A sketchbook and/or camera would be handy for drawing and snapping photos of this beautiful place in nature.
Some resources for you (oldies but goodies)…
- NewsELA –articles and text sets adapted for various levels (grades 2 through 12). This is a great resource for current events and informational text at your child’s reading level.
- Listenwise – terrific resource for podcasts and current events to listen to. Focus on listening skills. While this targets middle school and high school (watch out for content), it could be a good fit for many of the older Adventurers.
- Keyboarding skills – Navigating the keyboard and typing are important skills for students to develop. I recommend that by 3rd grade, students begin to learn to touch type. All students who use technology should know how to start up, log-on, navigate, shut down, etc. and generally know how to care for the machines they use. There are many free typing programs online. Here are a few sites to check out (for a variety of ages/stages):