The awesome 1st and 2nd grade kids are presenting their ocean species projects this week, and it reminded me that I never quite got around to posting photos from the Amethyst kids' ocean species presentations in December (oops!). Without further ado:
We are surrounded by giving souls, and lucky we are. Each week Teacher Terry, a local sculptor and artist, gifts his time to the Elementary Class. Thursday mornings children in 1st and 2nd grade create clay from the time breakfast ends 'til lunch begins. Friday mornings it's the 3rd-5th crowd who chisel, create, and converse!
(A) To begin, what is your heart telling you to create?
(B) We hone our fine motor skills, learning precision through fingertips:
(C) With patience, persistence, and either turning to the quiet of our inner mind or the sinew of socializing, our creation completes:
Learning how to tell time can be such a daunting task. We have been taking on a multi-sensory approach in the 1st/2nd grade classroom...a large clock to practice with whole group setting, personalized clocks to add an element of ownership to each student's learning process and lastly skip counting hopscotch to give a bodily kinesthetic intelligence option. Each project has been helping the students to grasp a foundation to this critical skill.
Free flow arts on Tuesdays! We have one more class with Xoe next week. Come on out between 3-5pm and join the flow!
Books and such teach us so much, but there's nothing quite like the learning gleaned from the road. Lucy and family just returned from a two-week odyssey through the Southwest! Lucy kept a daily diary, recording her observations and opinions as the family road-tripped from place to place. She shared her diary with us today and fielded questions from her curious classmates.
Last week we mailed two oversized envelopes to Cleo and Theo, two Giant Pacific Octopuses who live at the Oregon Aquarium in Newport. Inside were handmade letters of love for Valentine's Day ... and the curators put our Valentines on display! Thanks to Supermom Dannon for helping craft our Valentines cards!!
In science, we have been learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Texas-sized pouch of plastic floating in the North Pacific Ocean.
In math, we have been learning about coordinate geometry, where X-axis meets Y-axis and life becomes ordered (pairs).
This afternoon science met math when we unrolled our world map, investigated the lines that ran vertically and horizontally, realized the lines on our map mirrored the four quadrants of the mathematical coordinate plane, and plotted our way to pinpoint the Garbage Patch (between 135-155 degrees West and 35-42 degrees North).
This exploration happened naturally, without predetermined lesson plans or objectives ... just a group of learners asking questions, thinking, figuring stuff out, making mistakes and then backtracking to try again ... and eventually covering our map with hearts, of course!
For decades Jason, the father of 2nd-grade Bela, has been studying and teaching capoeria, the Afro-Brazilian martial art. A mixture of dance, gymnastics, and music, capoeria was borne from slavery and today is considered "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO.
Today Jason brought capoeira into the Dome School! And we've got the photos to prove it ... (Bela and family are about to hop to Hawaii for two weeks, but when they return Jason plans to teach capoeira to the elementary class every Friday from 1:45-2:30 p.m.)
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
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