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Weekly Summary

Math Games

I asked the kids what they would like to learn in math games. They gave some great suggestions of games and puzzles. I told them we would incorporate as much as we could. But that I would also be bringing in math enrichment lessons. We started off with a great book I have on paper […]

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Fun In The Gym

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Circuits

Science – We played with a variety of science activities in rotation according to each kid’s interests: Snap Circuits (making electrical circuits light up and play sounds); Snake War (a twist on regular War in which venomous snakes battle) ; Building Insects (assembling exotic insect models following diagrams); Joomba (a speed game involving fast counting […]

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Bingo!

Science Game – We played two rounds of Science Bingo. One had reptile pictures/facts and one had butterfly pictures/facts. Everybody got a chance to make a bingo.

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What Is Science?

We started our science block with the table covered in paper so we all could make notes and drawings to answer “what is science?” We filled the whole white board when we shared our ideas! Some examples: orbits, cells, electrons, digestion, anatomy, gravity, measurements, trees, water, fuel power…the list goes on! We then played a […]

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Wacky Wardrobe

As part of Wacky Wardrobe Day, we decorated small wooden figurines with markers and dressed them in tissue paper. In some cases the figures were given favorite articles of clothing, and in others the style was a little more eclectic. By the end we had a big extended family of fashionable figurines.

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Game Theory Week 1

This week we had our first presenters on Game Theory. “the BOiS™” did a great job explaining co-operative / non-cooperative games and theory. They also touched on the “Nash Equilibrium” and how it relates. There were many good questions in the Q and A portion, and a lively discussion among the whole group during the […]

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Fall

We celebrated the arrival of fall with leaf cutouts and colored yarn. After picking their shapes and colors, the Protons and Quarks wrapped the yarn around to make a soft fuzzy leaf. And in the end, several were pinned to the (very handsome!) co-op fall tree!

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Air Dry Clay

This week I brought in some air dry clay and explained directions something similar to these,https://www.gatheringbeauty.com/blog//2014/06/diy-stamped-clay-bowls.html for clay bowls. Well,I guess the kids took my speaches about different ways to be creative to heart. I don’t think a single kid used my instructions. Ha! They did make some awesome creations though!

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Balloons!

This week we continued our conversation about creativity. Creativity can also be a good tool for problem solving. The kids split into four teams. I gave each of them the same supplies…a bag of balloons and a roll of tape and asked them to make the tallest free standing balloon tower that they could construct […]

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