- What did you do in the makerspace?
- What was your favorite subject today?
- Did you make paper?
- Was papermaking fun?
- How was your Inner Explorer?
- What did you share with the Voyagers?
- What was the fire drill like? What was your letter?
- Who did you make shadows with?
- Did you make new friends?
- Did you play hopscotch together?
The Adventurers say...Ask us:
I hope the questions I posted about our Wednesday workshops were helpful. Here is a brief overview of our day…
While I have Weds. in mind…a few of you have wondered if we can make the Collaborative Home Base available for your use during workshop time. We are not able to make the room available when one of us is not there but we do have ideas for you!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Olvera Street field trip and the parent educator workshop I held on Monday. Jennifer and I enjoy providing these opportunities and having this time with you. Field trip photos are being uploaded. Miss the trip? Here is a scavenger hunt to help guide you, if you go on your own.
Upcoming Field Trip reminders (see the sign ups page to RSVP and access permission slips):
Parent Educator Workshop Reminders:
MAPs Assessment: Our MAPs testing period has ended. If your child still has a test to complete, please schedule office hours. Reports are being sent out via email. If you would be interested in attending a group workshop on understanding the assessment and results, please respond to the survey on the right.
Jennifer sent out an email about what we were calling Collaborative Clubs. They are getting renamed but are still happening. Here is the info, again:
Resource of the week: 3 new books available on our shelf…Mindset Mathematics grade 3, grade 4 and grade 5 by Boaler, Munson and Williams. And don’t forget Jo Boaler’s YouCubed.org for amazing math resources.
Thanks for reading! Please email me to let me know that you did. I am gauging the reach of my communications.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Parent: “What did you do today?”
Here are some conversation starters based on our plans for the day, today:
I've added a new page to our website. We now have a page of podcasts you might enjoy adding to your homeschool shenanigans. There are hundreds and hundreds of episodes, so I am unable to vouch for every episode. There is bound to be something for everyone, including older siblings.
There are new resources on almost every page. You might want to take a minute to look through them.
Even though this was a 4-day week, it has been jam-packed! I’ve enjoyed the office hours and home visits several of you scheduled this week. If you would like to schedule a meeting or invite me over for a home visit, be sure to check out the “sign up” page of this website.
MAPs Assessments began today. If you have not yet signed your student up for two sessions (or you only signed up for one), please go here to RSVP for Monday, Tuesday or Friday morning or afternoon. If you have questions about MAPs, just let me know.
WoW is the perfect acronym for our Weds. workshops! I’ve so enjoyed this time with the Adventurers and seeing them bond as a group. Our group identity is coming together quite nicely…they are so considerate of each other and thoughtful. I see many examples every day of genuine caring and connection. It is truly a joy to be with them.
Here are a few highlights from our workshops…
Thursday Excursion to LACMA: Chiaroscuro Woodcuts
Thank you to everyone who participated in our field trip this week! I am continually impressed when I see you all in action, supporting your children’s engagement in learning and scaffolding their understanding. I heard so many rich family conversations. Jennifer and I do our best to organize experiences that provide unique opportunities for both you and your child. We strive to provide content knowledge, flexible (yet structured) tasks and examples of various ways you can create experiential learning while engaging many modalities.
After a brief gathering to set the stage for our visit to the exhibit, including this video, students and parents set out on a quest to find and explore a variety of exhibit items. As part of the quest, students looked closely, sketched carefully, compared and contrasted various pieces, considered an artist’s angle of view, generated a list of descriptive words (which can become a poem), saw some tools and colorants used in creating woodcuts, thought about some of the variables that impact printmaking, created a tableau of poses they saw in a piece and much more.
Upcoming Field Trips (see sign ups page of this website to RSVP and download permission slips)
A=for Adventurers C=for all Collaborative
Upcoming Workshops for Adventurer Parent Educators (see sign ups page of this website to RSVP and get details)
Math Workshops for Parent Educators with Helen Chan (see newsletter)
Wednesday, September 12
9-10:30 kinder-2nd grade
11-12:30 3rd-5th grade
Collaborative Clubs: Jennifer emailed information and a survey about getting clubs started. Please respond ASAP. We are excited to work with all of you to make this happen for our kids.
Check it out! Building reading fluency by rereading enjoyable texts aloud is important (and fun) for Adventurers of all ages. Check out these resources:
I am new to surveys on this site and just realized you can only select one option for each question. Please indicate your favorite day/time and then you can add other options in the comment box. Sorry for any confusion!
This has been an amazing week for the Adventurer community! See posts from earlier this week for info on Wednesday workshops, math resources and more. While our Weekly Wrap-Up comes out on Fridays, I do post non-urgent mid-week blurbs for your enjoyment. You can always catch up on them when you check in to read the Wrap Up.
I hope to see you at the Comedy and Magic Club Fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 13th. We will have a ton of fun with a group of DV Connect friends, new and old. This is always a blast and you will be glad you came. For more information on the evening, go here. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait.
More good news for Wednesdays! Jim Sullivan (our resident artist and maker) is available to work with us on Wednesday mornings. Jim will be supporting us with a variety of explorations and creative endeavors related to our project. This means that I may juggle the order of workshop topics on some days to best make use of Jim’s time.
Field Trip: We are going to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on Thursday, Sept. 20th from 10 to 1. More info and RSVP here.
Field Trip: Tomás and the Library Lady – Monday, Oct. 1st at 11:15am. Based on the inspiring true story of Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this inspirational performance suggests what libraries—and education—can make possible.
Adventurer Parent Educator Workshop on Monday, Sept. 10th, 6:30-8:00: Navigating the Digital DVCo World and Sharing Favorite Resources & Strategies. We will explore our class website and other online sites frequently used at Connect. I will also spend a few minutes explaining how ST Math works and how to best support your child in using it (hint: you do not want to “teach” them how to solve the puzzles). We will end the evening with our always popular time to share your favorite resources and strategies (ideas, websites, games, materials, field trips, etc.). I will have treats and beverages. You are welcome to bring something to share. Please RSVP here.
Adventurer Parent Educator Workshop on Monday, Sept. 24th, 6:30-8:00: Easy Assessment Strategies to Use at Home: Portfolios and Writing Assessment. Portfolios can be a powerful way for students to become aware of and reflect on their learning and growth. We will explore several ways to develop portfolios (bring your ideas, too). I will also share a method EVERYONE can use to evaluate student writing and develop goals, regardless of experience. We will end the evening with our always popular time to share your favorite resources and strategies (ideas, websites, games, materials, field trips, etc.). I will have treats and beverages. You are welcome to bring something to share. Please RSVP here.
Several Adventurer Workshops for Parents and Students together are coming soon. Please read these descriptions and then complete the survey to the right of this blog post to let me know when you are generally available.
Calendar Change – I am so sorry for this and Jennifer and I are doing our best not to make changes. However, there are times when we want to be able to take advantage of an opportunity or make something available that requires a change. Here’s the scoop…
LACMA: Evenings for Educators – Four times each year, LACMA offers professional development evenings for educators related to an exhibit currently on-view. They include an art lecture, gallery tours and hands-on art experiences that you can replicate at home. No matter what the topic, I always find something inspiring in these sessions. AND did I mention that a catered, hot dinner is included? I’m going and would love to have a group of you join me.
Family Photos – PLEASE send me a photo or two of your family! Any photo will do. Jennifer and I are creating a family photo wall and want everyone to be included. You can email a photo for me to print, if you don’t have a hard copy to share.
FAN-sponsored Pizza Lunch – Monthly pizza lunch fundraisers organized by FAN are a tradition here. Check out the weekly DV Connect newsletter for information on how to volunteer on pizza days and how to pay for pizza.
Hispanic Heritage Month is coming up and the LA County Library is hosting an incredible variety of events to celebrate. Check them out here.
Thank you for reading such a long post! Be sure to check out previous posts for reminders about field trips, MAPs assessments, and more.
PLEASE let me know if you have questions about anything. I know that it may feel as though I send a tidal wave your way each week and there is a lot to cover. You are bound to have questions or wonderings.
Be sure to check out our photo page! You can find photos from our All-Collaborative Mural Painting, the first day of workshops and today's field trip to El Dorado Park.
We are very fortunate to have two amazing academic coaches working with us on Wednesdays! Josh is with us in the morning and Skyler joins us in the afternoon. Please take a moment to meet them when you are on-campus.
What a wonderful first day of workshops! I’m working on uploading photos to the Photo page. Here are a few highlights…
Check out the newest resource on the Math Resources page...Zearn. For some of you, it may fit in nicely with your plans.
Please note that links for sign ups for field trips, office hours, home visits, workshops, etc. have moved from the Resources page to a new page named Sign Ups.
It was nice to see some of our DV Connect families at Polliwog Park yesterday for a Concert in the Park! Keep your eyes on the weekly Connect newsletter for more opportunities to build community.
Thanks to all of you for being part of such a great start to the year! We have completed our initial 1:1 family meetings, created the pieces for a mural (photos will be uploaded soon), collaborated and connected as parent educators, picked up curriculum resources from Theresa in the new Parent Center, and much more.
If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to log-in and reply to survey about workshops for you and clubs for the kids, here. And remember to send in a family photo (or email it to me) for our family wall.
Workshops on Wednesday (Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Leonardo da Vinci) begin on Aug. 29th. Workshop runs 9:15-3:15 in Room 3 (not our Home Base). Remember food for snack and lunch, a reusable water bottle and the dress code. Sign up here.
Upcoming Thursday Expeditions (field trip permission slips will come soon):
Appointments for MAPs Assessments are available here. DV Connect students participate in MAPs assessments in the Fall, Winter and sometimes in the Spring. MAPs is a dynamic, computer-based assessment in Math and Language Arts that allows us to measure growth over time and get some information that can be helpful in targeting particular skills.
August Office Hours appointments can be made here.
September Office Hours appointments can be made here.
Home Visit appointments can be made here.
Thanks for reading! Be sure to contact me with any questions.