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Aloe

This week I brought aloe in for the kids. We talked about some of it’s benefits,whether or not it is edible and then some kids cut into a few leaves. They were suprised by how gooey the aloe was inside. We repotted a plant that had lots of “babies” into smaller plastic pots that the […]

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Blackout Poetry

Last Thursday I introduced blackout poetry to the kids. Blackout poetry is a different way to create poetry. To create the poems you use an already existing text from a book or newspaper and use a black marker to remove words until a poem is formed. The text I used was different pages from James […]

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Guest Lead

This week in art the Muons had a “guest lead”. One of the Muons took on the challenge of leading her peers. Nora presented a painting/drawing project. She instructed the other kids to make random water color strokes on paper letting the paint dry ( or using the fan) between colors. Once the paint was […]

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Court

Last week in Group Gathering, we did a walk-through for our first Moot Court trial and the kids made up a scenario in order to practice some of the courtroom procedure. We litigated the “Case of the Stolen Barbie”, and some of the kids testified, while others served as the litigation attorneys. We had some […]

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Zines!

For our first week in Writer’s Workshop the Muons and I talked about zines. I explained that before the internet was so easily accessible to most people that zines were a way for folks to spread information,art,etc. The kids are working on making a small zine that only requires one piece of strategically folded sheet […]

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Print Making

This week in Art ,the Muons did some print making.I explained to them how linoleum printing is done,showed them the type of linoleum used in printmaking and introduced a simpler more affordable way of making prints. We used styrofoam plates to replace the linoleum. Tools for carving do not need to be sharp ,styrofoam is […]

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Getting Ready!!

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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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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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