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Weekly Summary

Stephanie’s Ponytail

This week we read “Stephanie’s Ponytail” and “I HAVE TO GO ” both by Robert Munsch. We drew and colored as we listened to the stories. We played hangman and did Baby Animals and Circus Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles. 4 Neutrons continued to work on their play and presented the full act in front of coop […]

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Tracing

Today we did tracing! We taped (using painter’s tape) a variety of blank and white coloring pages onto the tables, and taped tracing paper on top of those. In some cases we hid one side of the picture, so our artists could collaborate. Lots of deft and diligent traces, and some of the blank images […]

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Moira’s Birthday

We were happy to have all 7 Neutrons together! We read Moira’s Birthday by Robert Munsch while drawing freely. We played Get To Know You Bingo, we discovered that no one ate chicken last night has a pet fish or just moved to this area. We created a new play with some new and old […]

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Implosions and Improvisations

Well…I’m not going to say my last class with the Muons was a failure because 1. anytime the kids end up trying to figure out new ways to make something work and laughing has got to be called some kind of success and 2. any time an old hippie homeschooling parent like me gets to […]

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Space Station Mars

There were only 3 neutrons in our class this week! We missed our friends. We started by reading another book about making a club called “Space Station Mars”. We decoded a secret message at the end of the book. The kids in the book made some protective space gear out of boxes. We started talking […]

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Symmetry

We finished off our lesson on symmetry by creating self portraits. A few weeks ago I took their pictures then I printed them and we cut them out and centered and glued them down on a blank piece of paper. With a ruler and pencil they made exact measurements for their facial features on the […]

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Tangrams

We did a lesson on Tangrams. It was a great lesson on problem solving and creativity. With the 7 shapes used in tangram designs We broke off into groups and I had the students make a square. After 5 minutes I revealed on piece. It was a great team building activity. I think they only […]

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Spooky Houses

This week the Neutrons got ready for Halloween by creating their very own spooky houses. We used a single sheet of paper and folding and cutting techniques to make a pop-up house. The students then drew their house outlines (complete with tombstones, ghosts, spooky trees, and more) and used watercolor to fill them in.

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Drawing Games

In our last class the Muons played some drawing games. The first game was new to the group. The kids paired up and sat back to back. One kid had a clipboard and paper. This kid was the “drawer”. The other had the job of describing an item to their teammate without revealing what item […]

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Decoupage

It was decoupage day! The group first sorted through old magazines, maps of Chicago, and playing cards and ripped out images they liked. Then they each picked out a cigar box and affixed their scraps using Mod Podge. Great results, including some fun surprises when you open the boxes up!

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