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Author Archives: chris

Art Challenges

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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Sugar Cube 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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Sleeping Queens

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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Chess!

This week we started playing and learning Chess! Kids played against each other, reviewed the rules of the game and were very focused and excited to play Chess! We got some help from Hili’s siblings – Adam, chess expert, and Aya, class H player. Next week we will continue to play, You have a whole […]

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Mega Poster

This week we started coloring a mega poster together, kids were drawing peacefully while listening to the following stories: “I was So Mad” by Mercer Meyer, “Angela’s Airplane”, “50 Below Zero”, “A Promise is a promise” all by Robert Munsch. “Pete the cat and the bad banana” by James Dean and “Noisy Nora” by Rosemary […]

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Workshop Topics

With Claudia and Liam out for the week, we missed out on an Italian lesson, so I jumped in with a pre- “Writing Workshop” session! I explained a bit about how Writing Workshop will be set up and organized once we start in January. We brainstormed a long list of possible writing topics individually, then […]

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Cardboard Box Creativity

Today we worked with cardboard boxes and used our imaginations to create whatever the children were inspired to create. This was inspired by a book we read the last time we had writer’s workshop. I suggested a few ideas and then they took off. We had a laptop computer, shoe box diorama, sword and shield, […]

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Collaborative Drawing

Last week I feel I redeemed myself. Maybe letting the kids decide between two projects helped? The kids chose a collabrative project. At home I printed a somewhat abstract picture of a dog. I drew a grid on the print and cut out the squares. I gave each kid a square from my print and […]

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Stick Catapults!

Well…we gave popsicle stick catapults a try. My vision for this class was to give the kids a bunch of rubberbands and popsicle sticks and tell them we would make catapults and see which design shot a pompon the farthest. The kids would break up into teams, discuss designs and work together to make a […]

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Pie Charts: for Science!

We started off by talking about pie charts and their application to science. Together, we graphed results from a survey of favorite Halloween candy we had done the previous week. Then the Electrons split off for an independent project, performing a study of their group mates and graphing the results. Some of the studies included […]

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