Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!