- LACMA Evening for Educators – Tuesday, October 23rd. These evenings are always enjoyable and filled with learning and inspiration. You purchase your ticket (only $15 and it includes a good dinner and parking) on the LACMA website, then sign up on my SignUpGenius so that we can meet up as a group and connect. This is an adult event.
- 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 .
- Resources – Check out the Feelings and Social Skills page on this website. I am loading it up with articles and resources to help make life wonderful for kids and for you.
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 can then change into their more comfortable school clothes.
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...
- Inner Explorer – Everyone is settling into this mindfulness time during morning meeting. If you do not already include a regular mindfulness practice in your homeschool day, I encourage you to do so. Study after study (and a lot of anecdotal evidence from my own experience with kids) supports the value (for both life and learning) of this dedicated time.
- The Adventurers continued with printmaking, cutting out their own shapes for their templates. Lots of print work will be coming home on 10/17.
- Pattern work: The pyramid pattern group focused on triangle pyramids. The choral counting group continued with skip-counting on from numbers other than zero and finding patterns in the recorded numbers. Others worked on continuing patterns with shapes.
- Our light box work expanded with the addition of more colors. We shared this work with the Voyagers at the end of the day. This time with the Voyagers is another of the many “get to’s” we provide in our program. It is a weekly opportunity to reflect on our work and learning and to share it with others. They “show what they know.”
Field Trips (signup links with info and permission slips are on the SignUps page)
- 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)
- Robotics: We dove into brainstorming the challenges of living on the moon. Kids worked with partners to design a solution to a problem and build a 3-D aspect of moon life. Reminder: Many of you wanted your kids to have an opportunity to share their ideas with each other. This padlet allows them to do that in a simple way and exposes them to another tech tool. Please take 10 minutes to do this.
- The Sports and Outdoor Games Co-Op is off to an awesome start! Zeke led a basketball clinic that worked for all experience levels. Everyone had a blast and they all supported each other beautifully. We will continue with basketball for the next two weeks and then switch to a new focus.
Here is a Math resource list I’m recommending to all my families:
- A 1 minute video on math fact fluency for you to watch: https://tinyurl.com/ybya4pqe.
- Math fluency article to read: Fluency Without Fear by Jo Boaler. If you don’t want to read the whole article, at least read pg. 6-8.
- Math Fluency activities: