Last Thursday, our families came together and officially started the 2013-2014 year of Co-op with class! And classes! Atoms, Protons, Quarks, Neutrons, Electrons, and Muons followed what will soon be routine Thursday schedules and learned a thing or two from parent leads (and from each other). Here is a taste of some of what took place:
The Muons worked on various white boarding techniques, in order to convey their ideas in a format that an audience could easily absorb and comprehend. We discussed various techniques, including the use of diagrams, charts, and drawings. We then brainstormed the “Little Library” room and mapped out the various supplies, furnishings, and layout options on a diagram. The Muons discussed several possibilities for a borrowing system and were assigned task of developing a “logo” for the project. They made notes in their journals reflecting their ideas.
This week in math games we talked about the value of money. Some kids and adults volunteered to close their eyes and guess which coin they were holding. We talked about the different coins their distinguishing characteristics, value, and even the connection between art, history, and math. We then went on a treasure hunt to find money bags (which were very well hidden). Once the bags were found each neutron counted the change within. Then they had a chance to tell the group what they could and could not afford to buy from a list of items ranging from “dust bunny” at $0.00 to a “trip to the moon” at $750,000,000.00. With these clues the neutrons were able to find a partner who had the same amount of change but with a different set of coins. With the time left, the partners were able to look at each other’s coin configuration, and discover that there are different combinations of coins for the same amount of money.