May 20

We’ve had a whirlwind last two weeks, with our incredible Maker Faire Fundraiser, followed by an out and about action-packed week.

(May 14-18), PBL Students prepared for the Maker Faire by setting up a See it, Try it, Buy it table for their friends (Monday). We looked at the set up of each station, as well as the materials and the gift bags and gave constructive feedback. On Thursday our parents came to try out our Creation Stations, practicing for the big event! We problem solved set up, as well as double checking our materials. We practiced working with customers, and helping people to create our incredible ideas: jewelry, slime, Bloxel characters, wooden puzzles, cardboard creations, yarn kitties, fairy houses and décor, clay creations, and t-shirt transfers!

On Saturday we had our event (photos below), which was really successful in the end. Visitors were so impressed with the kids ability to explain their workshop and the process it took to make the Maker Faire! We are so excited to do this event again in the Fall!

On Wednesday, May 9th we spent the day making signs for the Maker Faire. We also looked at the layout and planned out the cardboard maze! We also made some tissue paper flowers for our moms!

On Friday we set up the cardboard maze! It was really incredible to see it come together and to see the great teamwork. It was a major project and people has SO much fun trying it out on Saturday! We saved the good cardboard for the next maze, and used the scraps for a new garden foundation!

Here are the highlights from the BIG EVENT: Zoma Creative Mini Maker Faire 2018

 

On Monday we went to Cobble Hill Mountain and shared our highlights and lowlights from the event. It sounds like everyone felt really successful. Most of the kids sold their kits, and they were really proud of that. Others felt really successful at sharing their creativity. There weren’t any lowlights, really!

We also brainstormed about the final PBL Unit: Oceans. It turns out the kids know more about Oceans that I did coming out of my college degree! We are going to have a great time going to the experts and many ocean locals this unit!

At Zoma, we painted fish on Thursday PBL, as well as drawing title pages for the Oceans Unit.

On Tuesday, Theatre students worked on their major scenes, trying to get off script. We are making great progress and looking forward to getting costumes and sets together for our outdoor performance in June.

In the afternoon we finished putting the wheels on the GO Karts and even got a few test runs in. Due to the varying sizes of the wheels we had to figure out how to raise the back up on a few, and how to extend the steering on others. Next week we will test them out on Cobble Hill Mountain!

On Wednesday Nancy helped the kids to create tie-dye shirts. What incredible creations! Some of the kids were so excited they wore them the rest of the week!

In French we “went” to a birthday party and figured out how to sing “Bonne Fete.” IN the afternoon we looked at fruit, how to find in-season produce, and made fruit creations and kabobs. Personal favourites: The Sword and the Kiwi Stone and Fruitman.

In Reading and Math we worked on Division with Math Gnomes. King Equals made an appearance in the story, so of course we spent a good chunk of time making him for our awesome gnome kits. We wrote Thank Yous to all of our incredible sponsors of the Maker Faire: Volume One, Two Hoots, Dinter Nursery, Valley Health & Fitness, Butterfly Gardens, Flying Squirrel, Flush Bath Essentials, That’s My Jam, Sitka Music School, and all the incredible parents of Zoma Creative!

We also counted up the tickets from each table to look at which events were the most successful and thinking about why (popularity, hands-on, display…)

On Friday we finished up a BUSY week with a trip to The Garden Path and Heron Bay. Thank you so much to Guy Harriot for having us and being so incredibly kind. We loved your garden and can’t wait to feast on the bounty from the plant starts when they come.

We had such an incredible time at the beach. We saw everything you could imagine: starfish, mussels, gooeyducks, clams, an eel, minnows, sea cucumber, and some very, very, very odd things:

 

Phew! Another action-packed adventure for the Homeschool kids at Zoma Creative!

See you Tuesday!

April 21

On Monday PBL students jumped into their Maker Faire planning and exploration last week, choosing topics and exploration centres for the event. Today we started a felt plushies project. At first we learned how to scale up the pattern (1cm=1 inch) on grid paper. We call this style of scaling up “Pirate’s Cove” because the kids have played that “coordinates” game with me and love it. Be sure to ask your kid(s) about how to transfer/scale up a pattern onto their own grid paper.

In the afternoon we started exploring probability in Math with our Arcade math unit. We played Fraction Bingo (spinner), heads or tales (experimental probability) and talked about other types of “chance” games and activities. Students will design their own game for others to play.

In Reading/Writing, Our Penpal project is coming along. We worked on writing our return address, introducing ourselves and starting the letter writing process.

On Tuesday we rehearsed Act II of our comedic Tempest play. We learned about stage directions, stage whispers and asides, and monologues. Next week we complete Act III and then we can get into the fun stuff: costumes, sets and script-free readings!

In the afternoon we headed over to our Zoma workshop to start on the Go Karts. I was really impressed with the team work! We measured the model Go Kart, measured out the pieces for each kart and started to drill them together. Lots of great new skills!

On Wednesday students created mixed media art with canvas drawings and moss. The results were really cool! Nancy divided them into categories: people and animals.

We went on a “pique-nique” in French class, reviewing  action words, as we learning new food words.

In the afternoon we embarked on a very cheesy taste test, with everything from brie and blue cheese to classic cheddar. The cooking challenge was to make a Three Cheese Grilled Cheese, with some pretty stringy results!

On Thursday, PBL students explored and created their specific topics. We have some great stations going! Working with Bloxel to create a video game, creating a giant cardboard maze and mindbender games, a chemistry laboratory,  a physics lab, an art station, cardboard project station, DIY dollhouse furniture and more!

In the afternoon the kids received their new Math Gnomes booklets so that we could practice active reading, problem solving word problems and multiplication strategies. We started a mini assessment booklet as well. Please feel free to check them out to see where your kid(s) are at in Math.

On Friday we headed to the pool for swimming fun, followed by a trip to Dinters to explore Native Plant species. We went to Zoma to look at the invasive English Ivy and got really into pulling it to reclaim our native plant garden space!

 

 

 

 

Oct 15

PBL: We launched into an exciting Optics unit on Thursday. I was blown away by the depth of the kids’ knowledge about the way light works! We completed title pages and a Light Scavenger Hunt: “Oh, Visible Light… that’s a confusing one because are they talking about when you use your naked eye or when you have infrared glasses” (9 years old!).

In Reading we reflected on our work today, picked our favourite writing sample and shared the rough draft of our creative writing.

In Jr. Math Club we reviewed measurement concepts, including conversions and estimating. Students found 5 objects and tried to guess in cm what they would measure, then found out how close they were.


On Tuesday Nature School we hiked Cobble Hill Mountain (okay… we got mosssst of the way), looking at edible plants and (uneatable) mushrooms. After we headed back to the farm and counted the money made from the kid’s work setting up the stand last week. We had a blast figuring out what sold the best and how to increase farm profit with upscale items. We have quite the entrepreneurs! The kids got paid at the end of the day, splitting their profits between them. Well done!

 

In Art the students are working on animal drawings, with shadowing and stippling to create realism. Really incredible work!

In French students continued work on their French plays.

In Cooking students picked herbs, tomatoes, peppers and scallions from the garden to make our own secret recipe spaghetti sauce. They were DELICIOUS!!

 

On Friday Spotlight Theatre we started a new start drama, Beedle Bedlam, exploring the themes of jumping to conclusions and judgment with soundscapes, tableau and beautiful illustrations of jungles and forests, with the animals the kids wanted to be.

 

In Project’s Club students learned how to finger knit the drawstrings for their tool bags, and then they worked on more amazing wooden toys!

Sept 30

Monday/Thursday PBL:

  • Samurai vs. Knights: comparing weapons, armor, reasons for fighting and time period.
  • Newspaper Kimonos and Samurai costumes.

Monday/Thursday Reading and Math:

  • architecture project: design, blueprint, layout and perimeter measurements.
  • Letter Personalities/ Construction
  • Serendipity Smith dictation
  • spelling strategies: stamp it out
  • Doodle Listen: drawing the key ideas
  • creative writing workshop: 5 W’s

Tuesday Nature School:

  • nature-based DIY board games
  • Farm Chores: picking veggies, weeding, demolition and animal care

Wednesday Art:

  • colour schemes
  • print making

Wednesday French:

  • At the Concession
    • Je voudrais…
    • Combien?
    • Merci
    • food items on the menu

Wednesday Cooking:

  • cooking meat tips: browning and simmering meat
  • Toad in a Hole
  • Homemade Waffles

Friday Spotlight Theatre:

  • Story Drama: The Giving Tree
    • qualities of people we like
    • too much kindness?
    • alternate ending writing project
  • Shel Silvertein poetry skits

Friday Project’s Club:

  • Wooden toys: trains, planes and automobiles

Sept 22

Our first few weeks of class have been action packed! The kids have all made fast friends, bringing their incredible imaginations and creativity to every aspect of our classes!

We have built bird nests, explored the creek, and visited several beaches in search of sea treasures:

We have looked at Japan from Google Earth, from traditional stories, and through dance and drumming:

We are starting our Architecture math unit (measurement, shapes, conversions, scale):

Writing Stories, building vowel monsters and constructing letters….

In art students made cave paintings…

We have Junior Chef’s making pie, energy balls, and salsa in Zoma Creative Kitchen…

In French we are designing amazement parks as part of our En Voyage unit…

Playing with chicks and bunnies in our free time…

Reenacting Peter and the Wolf and the Giving Tree…

And building our own tool bags and wooden toys!

Pretty awesome stuff and we are only on month one!