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Paint,paint,paint. The Quarks Love Paint!

Today the Quarks continued work on their art books constructed from large manila envelopes. They worked on a new page/envelope to hold the prints they made a few weeks ago. The kids used various objects including t.p. tubes,corks,fake leaves,sponges,and tin foil to “stamp”paint onto their page. I also showed the kids a fun technique to […]

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Ears

In the second of a series of science classes about our senses, the electrons learned about our ears and how we hear. In our first experiment, we covered a bowl with saran wrap and put a few pellets of rice on it. Then, using a wooden spoon and a pot, we banged on the pan […]

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Sound Effects

The Muons recorded two additional scenes for their marionette show, incorporating sound effects, character dialogue, and live guitar! The kids discussed the storyline, and the goals of each character and recorded several takes on a digital multitrack recorder until they perfected the recording. They also did a few dry rehearsals of the production from beginning […]

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Eyeballs

In the first of a series of classes exploring our senses, the electrons did a few experiments to find out how our eyes work. We built a model eye using a magnifying glass and a goldfish bowl. We used a cut out of a person and vellum paper taped to the fishbowl to act as […]

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Irish Soda Bread

The Electrons have been cooking again! This beauty came home with us today!

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Self Portraits and Dough Sculptures

This week the Quarks made mixed media self portraits. A few weeks ago the kids posed for pictures with whatever expression they wanted. Some smiled,some chose silly faces. Last week they painted canvas board that would serve as the backround for their portraits. This week I brought in prints of their pictures which they glued […]

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Print Making

The Quarks (4-6 yr olds)have been busy with print making. We taped pieces of tin foil to the table (so it wouldn’t slide around )and then squirted a generous amount of one color of paint on to the surface. The kids used foam brushes to cover the tin foil with paint and then used q-tips to […]

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Exquisite Corpse Drawings

Last week, we discussed the surrealist art movement of the 1920’s and the transition from art based on reality to art from an artist’s imagination. We tested out the new digital projector and looked at art from Dali, Miro, Magritte, and Man Ray. We then looked at the Exqisite Corpse artwork that came from collaboration […]

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Writers’ Workshop

The last couple of weeks we have been analyzing readings from previous weeks from the perspective of writers. We looked at various literary devices that writers use such as Anthropomorphism and Personification and we have been trying to apply those strategies to our writing. We spent some time debating which authors did a better job […]

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Acids and Bases

Today we learned a bit about acids and bases. We did an experiment with baking soda/water and added grape juice and then added vinegar to see what would happen. We made invisible ink and learned how it worked. We then learned about static electricity using balloons, a wool sock, aluminum cans and our hair. We […]

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