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General

Voice

In today’s session, we focused on the idea of the “voice” of a writer. It is one of many techniques a writer incorporates into their pieces and is uniquely their own, just as someone’s speaking voice is unique to them. Attitude, tone, and personal style are part of a writer’s voice. Attitude is how you […]

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Helium Balloon Gets Arrested

The Muons read a few of their scripts aloud in a brainstorming session. Roles were assigned and the kids focused on character development and improvisational technique for two renditions of their original theatrical piece “Helium Balloon Gets Arrested”. They used the last portion of the class to create the beginnings of a musical piece centered […]

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Ike

This week in Studio with the Neutrons we read Dear Mrs. LaRue a story about a dog named Ike. Ike is sent to obedience school by his owner Mrs. LaRue. He sends Mrs. LaRue a series of letters updating her on his status at school.We could see by the images that his description may have […]

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Mr. Woodman

Last week the Neutrons and I read The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison. We tracked Mr. Woodman’s journey on a U.S. map. After the story we mad our own personal maps. We first drew ourselves and then our houses and our city and then our states and finally our countries.

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Balloon Farm

The Muon’s engaged in a writing exercise after hearing the story “Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm”, by Jerdine Nolan. He had his special way of growing balloons, like stalks of corn, and we found out how. His young protege, now an adult, grows hers like beets in the ground…only she does not tell us her secret […]

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DaVinci

We studied Leonardo Da Vinci. First, we studied one of the best-known paintings in the world. We searched the art room to see if their was a copy….We studied the Mona Lisa! We learned that this painting took Da Vinci three years to paint. When Da Vinci was originally approached, Mona Lisa’s husband, Francesco, didn’t […]

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Fiber

For the past couple weeks we have been a busy group: Fiber has been the theme…. Using Alpaca Fiber the group has made apple decorations by winding yarn around a cardboard apple base. Also – using yarn and glue they made very abstract yarn paintings. Last week – using Alpaca roving – the group wet […]

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The Gardener

This week we read the book The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. The book is made up of a series of letters written by the main character who is living with her uncle who never smiles (but does end up showing his smile in his own special way!). I showed the kids a handmade post card […]

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Ringgold

For our third week, we studied Faith Ringgold. Faith Ringgold created beautiful, colorful story quilts. From the age of two, Faith Ronggold was often bedridden due to asthma. During the time that she missed from school, her mother kept her busy by sewing, reading, writing, drawing, and coloring in her books. Her mother also told […]

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Klee

For our second week of Neutron Art, we studied Paul Klee. We learned that Paul Klee was gifted and had two choose between two loves: music and art. He came from a musical family, but also loved art. Klee used arrows and birds to show movement within his paintings to move the eyes of the […]

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