Autumn has come to our home. This morning we went on "a little adventure", my way enticing Little Man outside for a nature walk. We searched near the milkweed and found another Monarch Crysalis. We saw smaller butterflies on yellow Zinnias. We saw a big orb weaver with a dragonfly in her web.
As we returned to our yard, I said "Wait, listen! You can hear the sound of Autumn." It took him a minute to understand. The leaves of our hackberry tree were slowly falling thru the branches.
It’s the third week of classes and I feel like we are starting to get into a good rhythm. The students have been getting into several projects, most popular being building shields with cardboard. This coincides with the book of stories I’ve been reading, The Barefoot Book of Knights. I just felt that a group of boys might relate to the stories of knightly chivalry as a way to connect with the social communication theme I’m bringing. So we’ve been talking about chivalry; seeking truth and justice, being fair, respectful, protecting the innocent; along with discussions about what our common needs are when we are working with a group.
During circle-time 2 weeks ago, what really came to me is that this class is about science - so this week we talked about what a scientist does (observe, measure, record, etc) and what different types of science they know about. There are so many, we concluded, that science can be about anything! I included social science and the science of happiness, letting them know that I am planning activities to focus on this in the mornings (games, stories,discussions) and then afternoons will be for experiments, inventing, and crafting.
In regards to scientists recording things, I am asking the students to keep a record of what they do each time they come to class. This could include what they enjoyed that day, what questions they have that day, projects they want to do, etc. I will help younger ones write, and everyone can add photographs and drawings. I’d like to bring them some samples of what Leonardo DiVinci’s journals looked like. I’m going to get some journals that they can keep in class, they can cut and paste into it like a scrapbook.
I have so many ideas for what to bring to the students, and they have so many things they are interested in, it’s always a packed day and I’ve been really enjoying it; despite the attention span at circle-time being a challenge. I’m so glad that Ansel and Aarti will be able to participate for another week or two before they head to India. I hope Django will be able to share a little presentation about his summer trip to Scotland, and that Ansel will do the same when he returns from India. Maybe the other students have a place they want to share about too.
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