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!

 

 

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Feb 12

Happy Family Day!

Dinosaurs invaded our classroom this week! This one is a student-led unit for sure! They know more than me in all my lifetimes combined!!

In Math we are working on our Money Garden projects. This week we built square foot gardens, looked at the planting guide per square foot, calculated how many veggies we could produce on 16 sq feet and started mini models of our gardens. So much unintentional and fantastic math!

In Projects Club we finished up our amazing stuffies. and in cooking we made Peasant Loaf and Baguettes!

 

Our Theatre class turned into a really thoughtful look at our conflict styles. We brought out some metaphorical animals and the Real Story of Mr Wolf to explore problem solving, compromise, and other strategies for communicating. This week we send Mr. Wolf to trial and pose as various lawyers!

 

In Nature School we propagated plants and planned our new gardens.

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!

 

May 14-19

The sun was shinning this week and so were the kids! We climbed trees, snuggled bunnies and chicks, got lots of goat nibbles and then… we got into our projects!

Junior kids worked on “heat as energy“, performing several experiments with flames. Some worked, and some need tweaking. We learning that when things don’t go according to plan in science experiments it is actually exciting, because we can ask lots of questions about variables! Better yet, we get to design an even better experiment from our imaginations!

german christmas toy

In Math and Reading we made our own Fraction Circles our of art foam. This is a great way to introduce protractors and compasses (no age is to young!) and talk about the similarities between a Compass and geometry equipment. Some students challenged themselves to find the angles to create the fractions (ex. 360 divided by 3 = thirds) while others used problem solving by folding the foam to create equal parts. The “aha! Look, quarters are just half of half” is music to a teacher’s ears!!

We also worked on our Parts of Speech work, creating Montessori-style symbols for our sentences. I picked up a game called “Punctuation Buildings” which the kids loved, but it took us a while to figure out how to “play” it. In other words, we all know how to say a sentence that makes sense and has complete “parts” but constructing one from scratch can take more work, especially when we add in adverbs, adjectives and interjections- ouch!wedgwood farm

Farm School students visited a local dairy farm- Wedgwood Farm– to look at where our milk comes from. The kids even saw calves being born, took a hayride, and then came back to Zoma to collect horsetail for a science experiment. Even though it is the Medusa-plant (pull out one, three grow in its place), it is FULL of nutrients that are good for you AND good for the garden. Boiling down the plant and putting it into a spray bottle can be used on everything from cuts and scrapes to natural herbicide. Back in the day people used to use the plant to scour pots. Its natural silica polishes copper and silver!horse tail

In Science and Art we started our work on Fairy Houses. We gathered materials from nature, pulled pinecones apart and discovered that fairies do a lot of work to make their furniture just right! We are going to place them in a special spot, so if you happen to traverse down Campbell Lane… keep your eyes peeled for Fairy Moving Day!

Matteus cooked Quiche with the kids, adding herbs from the garden (eggs from the chickens of course!). It was so delicious! Not to mention is artwork for the cookbooks was amazing!

On Friday we wrapped up the week by running through the musical, practicing our dance and the first Act. It is going to be an intense 5 weeks (FIVE!!!). I love how naturally the kids worked with each in each scene (esp the love scenes… not awkward AT all… lol). In the afternoon we made our own costumes for the play! The trolls are going to look great!!

Summary: creative week or what!

Senior students:

satellite

In science class the kids made a model of a satellite, researching all the different types, as well as the materials they are made from. There are several more projects to complete for the Space Museum that they are creating. I can’t wait to go!

For Math in the Real World the kids finished up their work on the catapult, adjusting the axles to create more specific range. They looked at angles, shapes and power sources. Check out this great NASA link for more info:

In Math we are wrapping up Integers so that we can work on Coordinate Planes and Translations. This will set the foundation for our algebra into unit. One of my favourites! Students are encouraged to create an Integers Game that we can play in class. 

In English we worked on writing dialogue and creating a Book Report. We are going to jump into Career Planning and hopefully do a Shadow by the end of June, so that we can write articles, but also so that we can start to think about the skills we need to learn to get a job (not just the ones we want, but the part-time jobs we get before careers). Students had a hard time thinking of careers, but they also had a hard time knowing what skills are necessary for any given job. I found a short-list to jump start our thinking:

job skills

In Art we started work on our canvases after creating colour wheels with Primary, Secondary AND Tertiary colours. I encouraged the kids to create their own colour and name it. We looked for inspiration in art books; we have Impressionists, Modernists AND Surealist in this class!

In Project’s Club, the Go Kart came closer to perfection. Steering needs some work, break system looking good. Now it is time for the kids to take their skills and apply them towards their own car, which we will race next month!

 

Have a great long weekend. See you Tuesday!