October 5

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

Monday

PBL: This week we wrapped up our Early Man unit with an amazing Presentation of Learning, complete with cave art, story-telling around the “fire” and looming. I was so impressed with the kids recollection of Malsow’s Hierarchy and how we worked through each stage to creativity!

On Thursday we started our Maker Unit. Each week, the kids will have a chance to sell their items at the Cobble Hill Farmer’s Market! Some of the exciting topics they’ve chosen are: beading, robots, wood crafts,  and mask making…

We set up a mock Dragon’s Den where I tried to sell my Math Gnomes, with constructive feedback. These kids know about investment, interest and percentage of investment!!!

Math: We worked on Fractions in Sr Group and Place Value and adding in Jr. Group today before jumping into our workbooks. Lots of hands-on application of our concepts!

 

Tuesday

Theatre: Alix started our new story drama: “My Beautiful Birds,” exploring the concepts of hope and belonging, while talking about Syria, Refugees and displacement. Heavy topics with a really empathic approach! This was an especially important idea to explore so close to Thanksgiving!

Project’s Club: Matteus and Alix worked with the kids on their first carpentry project: mini robots. Some students even ventured out on their own, making animals.

Wednesday

French: Dans la Rue is where we traveled today, looking out for “les camions” “les autos” est “aux feux.”

 

 

Cooking: Well, we “made” Millionaire Shortbread, but it was definitely with mixed reviews.  We might have to try this one again… one day.

Thursday

Math Gnomes: While we returned to the math gnomes adventures through the Friendly Forest, we explored skip counting and adding and subtracting (Group A). In Group B, students finished reading (Group B) about Mr. Lucky and his work with Probability, connecting his ideas with the fractions work from last day.

Friday

We started our Nature Adventures with art work for “Up Above and Down Below” which is a really cute book showing the world above ground and below in various contexts. We painted medallions (Thank you, Tannis Humeny for creating them!) and created our own projects, from board games and drawings to card games and wood creations. 

In the afternoon, we bundled up and went trekking up by Chemainus, hunting all sorts of mushrooms!

 

 

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!