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!

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Nov 26

This is our LAST WEEK of term 1. Please RSVP for our lunchtime potluck this THURSDAY, Nov 30th 12:00. Friends and family invited.

Also, please RSVP to attend Right-Brain Learners Workshop on December 12th Parent Meeetup.

This week in PBL we painted the outsides of shops and created materials to sell. We talked about our budgets and expenses, and can’t wait to make some money on the enterprises!

In Reading, we started Term 1 Reflections. Students brainstormed all the exciting activities we embarked on, as well as  fieldtrips, projects and free time play. We will finish term one with mini-assessments and our reflections, which we will present this Thursday.

In Math, students created circle and bar graphs, and mapped the Wildlife Rescue Centre using coordinate work.

On Tuesday we went to Raincoast Aquaponics for a Nature School fieldtrip.We learned about the Nitrogen Cycle and filtration, and how we can mimic nature to create small scale farming systems. We even gave it a try for ourselves!

In Art, tissue paper lanterns transformed into beautiful little people and fairies, as well as an impressive paper craft dragon.

In French students illustrated beautiful “J’aime L’Hiver ” stories.

In Cooking Class we made chewy chocolate chip cookies. They were delicious!

In Theatre we recorded our Polar Express Play using green screen!

In Project’s Club we continued with our plushies project, creating the most adorable foxes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!