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Art Games

This week we got the creative juices flowing with an art game. The kids were each stationed at one of four corners: scissors & paper, pipe cleaners, markers, or play dough. A challenge was picked out of a hat (“Horse”! “Helicopter”! “Banana”!) and the kids had 2-3 minutes to produce a representation. Some of the […]

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Igloos

This week we celebrated the snow we’ve had by building igloos…. sugar cube igloos! We built them using edible glue, made of powdered sugar and water, to hold the sugar cubes together. The students were as excited to see and taste sugar cubes as to build with them. There were lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” […]

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Math Games

This week, we split into two groups and switched off playing Sequence and Sleeping Queens. Rowdy fun was had by all. Many of the electrons expressed interest in playing Sleeping Queens again, so we may do this again next week. Fun fact: this game was invented by a six -year-old homeschooler!

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Journals

We just planned an easy class this week to get back into the co-op routine. We spent some time making journal pages about things we did over the break. We added plastic sleeves to our journals so that we could put in the new pages. The children enjoyed looking over their journals. For the second […]

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Co-op Cup!

The Muons finished selecting games and finalizing the point structure for the “Co-op Cup”. It’s going to be epic!

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Webs

Today we starting with a mini-lesson about making webs as a pre-writing technique. The kids took notes in their folders, and we brainstormed a web about “Going to a Carnival”. Then, everyone wrote a plan for themselves, which included narrative writing, some fantasy stories, an expository piece, and more. Everyone chose a comfy spot in […]

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Math Games

With both Sam/Sabeena out, I brought in a few games to try that Adelina was excited to share. Langston brought in a super cool, complicated version of tic-tac-toe…”Ultimate Tic-tac-toe”, which was a blast! Thanks for sharing, Langston!! Then we had an Othello show-down with 3 games going at the same time & trading of opponents. […]

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Puffy Paint

This week we made our own puffy paint! We used ziploc sandwich bags to mix shaving cream, glue, and food coloring and then to pipe the mixture out to make puffy creations. At first, the kids were apprehensive about mixing the messy ingredients in the bags as it was something most had not done before […]

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Glue Batik Experiment

Last Thursday,some of the Muons painted their air dry clay creations. Others decided they were not interested in painting their creations. For those who weren’t painting clay,I suggested an experiment with a glue batik technique. The kids and I “drew” on t-shirts with glue and left them to dry. Next we will dye the shirts […]

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Decoupage

It was decoupage day! The group first sorted through old magazines, maps of Chicago, and playing cards and ripped out images they liked. Then they each picked out a cigar box and affixed their scraps using Mod Podge. Great results, including some fun surprises when you open the boxes up!

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