21st CCLC Weekly Updates – July 21st, 2017

Dear Parents,
This week our Super Science Sleuths had an amazing experience at the new Frost Museum of Science.  The trip was extra special as our program was chosen by the Frost Museum for a special outreach partnership.  Some of our staff attended a special training at the museum and the museum outreach staff visited our program for a two day study of electricity.  Today’s field trip was a chance to see the whole museum including their amazing aquariums.  Our kids got to take special classes while there as well.
With just one week left of the program, I would like to remind our families that this program is attendance based.  If your child has missed more than 20% of the summer program, they will not be invited to return for the school year program in the fall.  Finally, to fulfill the requirements for the grant, families must attend our last family engagement session that will be held on the last day of our summer program.  We have a special activity planned with the Bricks For Kids program.  It will run from 5:15-6:00 p.m. When you arrive, please report to the following rooms.  Group A:  Purple Door, Group B: Brown Door, Groups C & D Outside tables outside of the main office.  Your child will already be there.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Year 2 Summer Week 6 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A practiced making I-Care Statements using the formula I introduced two weeks ago: (person’s name), I feel ____ when _____ and I would like __________. The students were asked to use this formula to respond in three common conflict situations.
Two weeks ago in Group B, we discussed anger management. This week we discussed ways to handle fear. In particular, we discussed how it is different if the source of your fear is real as opposed to imaginary.
In Group C, we began a module on empathy. After studying a picture and using our knowledge of body language to infer how the subject was feeling, we studied a series of pictures which provided a context and backstory for the picture and discussed how this knowledge changed what we inferred about the boy’s feelings.
In Group D, we did an exercise to illustrate how stereotypes develop innocently and are a natural part of how we are wired to learn about the world. The limitations of stereotypes were demonstrated and the students were cautioned about acting on assumptions based on a stereotype.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we continued discussing Harry El Perrito Sucio. Groups B and C had finished reading the book last week, and Groups A and D completed the story. All groups discussed vocabulary words from the book such as perrobañera, escapó, casa, sucio, mancha, familia, cansado, trucos, cepillo, and more difficult words found throughout the book. We answered questions about the book for comprehension, and each child was asked to come up with a sentence using the vocabulary words in Spanish.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
Group A continued creating amusement park rides, this week’s engineering activities included Frita the Free Fall, Penny the Pendulum and Larry the Log Flume. They learned all about force and motion while having fun building the amusement park rides. Group B spent the first half of the week trying to design a roof to their house that wouldn’t leak. The remainder of the week was dedicated to coming up with a parachute that would land a few figures safely and by safely we mean not falling out of the basket. The students did quite well, we may have a few future engineers in our midst. Group C built and used contraptions with multiple parts to explore chain reactions while Group D identified the relationship between electricity and magnetism through various experiments. 


Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
 
Math: Group A started this week by exploring the flips, slides and turns of shapes. We started with the hands-on approach using the cutout letter B. We then moved to the more abstract of recognizing it on paper. Next week we continue even further by looking at flips, slides and turns of other objects. Next came group B’s continuation of their clock board game. The students are getting much better at telling time using analog clocks! Group C continues with their city map of lines and shapes. I must say some of the maps are quite creative! Group D continued their practice with mean, median and mode only this time stacking cups to create data. The class was divided into groups and each group was given a certain time to stack as many cups as they could. The number of cups each group used created the data to find the mean, median and mode. This was quite fun!
Language Arts Grades 1-5: Group A continued their Can-Do games only this week it was word families. The students used word family characteristics to work on beginnings, endings and using context clues to choose the right family member. Group B continued the Can-Do Games with one entitled language skills. The students practiced their verb tenses, plural nouns and adjectives. It was a welcome practice! Next week we all head into a fantasy world. Group C explored analogies; a little easier analogy than group D last week but the students did just as well. Group D went back to their novel after a brief break last week. This week’s reading explored character traits and how they are handled in the story. We enjoyed the story and will continue with our fantasy theme next week.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – July 14th, 2017

Dear Parents,
This week found our Super Science Sleuths experiencing the world of Biscayne Bay.  Students visited the Biscayne Nature Center.  They had the opportunity to use the beach and bay as their outdoor classroom as they investigated plant and animal life.  They also did work in classrooms where they had a chance to make aquarium observations and learn about a variety of animals, not just marine life.
Parents, a small favor….Please do not allow your child to bring any items other than a water bottle and a book to read.  When kids bring toys, phones, and Fidget Spinners, it is a tremendous distraction.  Next week we will head into week 6 with still lots to learn and do!  Please make sure that your child attends every day.  If they are absent please send a note from the doctor so that we can submit it with our documentation.  Remember, attendance is a requirement for this program and for re-enrollment in the fall.  If your child misses too many days over the summer we will not be able to invite them back for the fall.
Finally, if your child attends Jack D. Gordon or Norma Butler, we have a family from our school who embroiders our school uniforms.  They also do polos with the logos from both of these elementary schools.  You can avoid the long lines and the uniform stores and save some money by placing an order here.  We will have a rack of samples here next week for your viewing. The cost is $13 per polo.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Year 2 Summer Week 5 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A practiced making I-Care Statements using the formula I introduced two weeks ago: (person’s name), I feel ____ when _____ and I would like __________. The students were asked to use this formula to respond in three common conflict situations.
Two weeks ago in Group B, we discussed anger management. This week we discussed ways to handle fear. In particular, we discussed how it is different if the source of your fear is real as opposed to imaginary.
In Group C, we began a module on empathy. After studying a picture and using our knowledge of body language to infer how the subject was feeling, we studied a series of pictures which provided a context and backstory for the picture and discussed how this knowledge changed what we inferred about the boy’s feelings.
In Group D, we did an exercise to illustrate how stereotypes develop innocently and are a natural part of how we are wired to learn about the world. The limitations of stereotypes were demonstrated and the students were cautioned about acting on assumptions based on a stereotype.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we read the children’s story Harry El Perrito Sucio. Many of the children were familiar with the story as they have read the English version: Harry The Dirty Dog. All four sessions started with reading the English version to expose them to the story to encourage better comprehension. All four groups read in “Round Robin” style, where they each take a turn reading a few lines of the book. Overall, they all did a wonderful job with pronunciation, particularly accents and more complex words. Next week, we will continue discussing the book and some of the vocabulary found within.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
This week group A is embarking on a new chapter of their summer science program; constructing amusement park rides. This week started with the construction of Robby the roller coaster and Harry the merry go round. The students had a wonderful time. This might end up being their favorite activity. Group B ended their time in the amusement park by building a Ferris wheel, slide, swing and jungle gym. I think the only disappointment is the rides weren’t big enough to actually ride on. Group C finished up their unit on catapults and crossbows and they were very sad to pack it away! However, we did learn that there are very different mechanisms that can launch things and each has its own effectiveness. This time in history may not have had our technology but their weaponry was probably effective judging by the student’s creations. Group D finished up their Air and Water unit with the completion of the helicopter, forklift and propeller aircraft. We are now half way through our summer of science and look forward to exploring magnetism and electricity the last two weeks.


Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:
This week in math group A explored various types of solids and what could be done with them. We worked with prisms, cylinders, cubes, hexagons and pyramids. The students attempted to stack and roll each of the solids to determine if it could be done. The results varied and more importantly we had fun learning. Group B explored time which is a very difficult concept especially since we are dealing with analog clocks and not digital. The group first used individual clocks to practice and review various times. Next the students played a time/clock board game. Group C started creating their geometric city map. They will create a city map using specified types of lines and shapes. The planning turned out to be the most difficult part. There was a lot of erasing but everyone is making progress. Finally, we get to group D who learned about mean, median and mode by playing a card game. I believe the students really enjoyed this.
Language Arts: Group A spent this week playing a Phonics Can Do game. The students practiced their beginning and ending l sounds along with syllables. It was a welcome review and much needed. It didn’t hurt that it was also quite enjoyable. Group B also played a Can-Do game but theirs was a little more advanced than group A. Group B students practiced their prefixes, multiple meanings and root words. It might have been more difficult than group A but just as entertaining. Group C continued their Greek adventure with the Time Warp Trio by reading the last part of our novel. It ended up being one of those “happily ever after” stories. I think some of the students were hoping for a little less traditional. Group D took a break from their novel to learn about analogies. This is not always easy but the students did very well. They can see word relationships on a higher level. There are students in this group ready for 6th grade.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – July 7th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Although it was a short week, our Super Science Sleuths were busy, busy, busy.  The special event this week was our Bricks For Kidz in house field trip.  Students had a chance to test their hand at some engineering concepts during the exciting Lego based program.  It is hard to believe that our summer program is more than half over.  We have three week left of summer fun and academic enrichment.  We are looking forward to adding some chess into our program for the last three weeks so our kids can test their critical thinking and competitive skills.  Please make sure to mark your calendars now for our last of six family engagement activities.  It will be held on the last day of camp, Friday, July 28th from 5:30-6:15.  We have a very special culminating activity for our families.  Bricks For Kids has been hired to do a Lego engineering activity with families so that you can get a real taste of what the kids have been doing.  Remember, in order to be re-enrolled for year 3 of the program, you must attend this activity.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Year 2 Summer Week 4 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
All groups practiced their chess skills this week. Most of the kids continue to be enthusiastic about playing chess and all who were with the program during this past school year demonstrated proficiency in the basics. The younger children are focused on recognizing tactical situations and the older children are beginning to think ahead and plan their moves strategically.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we discussed the terms  and usted, and when it is appropriate to use which term. We talked about how we address our friends, classmates, and cousins with , and we use usted for our elders like our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and for people in a role of authority, like teachers, principals, police officers and other members of the community. I gave them many examples, and we played a game in teams where they had to identify how they would address certain people.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
Group A has successfully finished their introduction into engineering. This week it ended with a glass “trick” involving force, puff wheels and the design of a helicopter. We are sorry to see this chapter in our science go but we are welcoming a different type of construction next week. Group B continued with their amusement park engineering designs. This week students created a free fall ride, pinwheel and log flume ride. Group C continued on their catapults and crossbow construction with a weighted catapult and two types of crossbows. The students are loving this unit, kids love the idea of building things that can launch items across the room! However, we will NOT be doing that! Group D continues on with their air and water unit with the construction of a rocket car, excavator and motor bike. The students continue to be amazed at the power of air and water; no wonder hydro-electric dams and windmills are fast becoming a source of electricity.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math & Language Arts:   
No Math due to the Holiday.
Language Arts: 
Due to the short week, all groups practiced their language arts skills by playing word games. Group A and B played a game of Chunks. The kids really enjoyed combining letters to make words. The kids then all combined their words to make a funny sentence.
Group C and D played a game of Banana-grams. The kids each used 10 titles with different letters to make their own personal crosswords. If they needed to trade tiles they yelled “peel” and when they used all ten tiles in the crossword they yelled “split”.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – June 30th, 2017

Dear Parents,
 Week 3 has found our students braving the heat and our PE and soccer coaches finding creative things to do with our students on the rain days.  I have really enjoyed seeing all of the outdoor science taking place including the testing of all of the items built by our students, cars, parachutes, and other machines.  The week was capped off with an amazing fieldtrip to Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  In case you missed them, make sure to see the photos we posted to our Facebook page.  Just a reminder, please do not sent phones, electronics, or other items (other than books to read and water bottles) as they pose a distraction to our students.  I have been doing my best to keep up with the Facebook posts, but so much wonderful instruction is being done everyday, I have been inundated with photo so I will be catching up and you will see lot of posts!  Remember next week is a short one as we will be closed on July 4th.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Year 2 Summer Week 3 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A learned about the I-Care Statement. This is a formulaic construction of an assertive way to confront someone appropriately. Families should have received a copy of the I-Care Statement when they picked up their children on Wednesday.
Group B took their first steps in learning to consciously modulate anger. We started by talking about things that make us a little angry, very angry and boiling mad. Then we focused on how we deal with each level of anger. We ended by coming up with alternatives for some of the inappropriate things people do when they are boiling mad.
In Group C, we continued working on stereotype. The group finished reviewing situations in their workbooks to identify the stereotype in each and its consequences. The group discussed their answers.
Group D did not meet this week due to the STEM Maker project with the Frost Museum of Science.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we talked about the words fui, fuiste and fue, and how to use them. We discussed how in English we use the word “went”, but in Spanish there are three different words that can be used, depending on who you’re talking to or about. I practiced using the different variations by asking each student “¿Adonde fuiste?“, and they each responded with “Yo fui a ________.” They gave some great examples like el parquela tiendala playa, and places they’ve been to on vacation. We then completed a worksheet to practice using fue.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:
Week three started off with Group A entering their world of engineering. However, with some different designs than group B. Group A’s engineering included simple machines such a levers and pulleys and ended up with designing cars and ramps. Group B went to the amusement park for their science. Well the group didn’t really go, they just used their design skills to create some rides you might find there such as roller coasters, merry go round and bumper cars. It’s amusement park engineering! Group C picked up where group D left off with catapults and crossbows of the middle ages. The same way group D started group C made a crossbow, trebuchet, and scorpion this week. Group D had a special treat this week. The Frost Science Museum came out to do some special projects with us. We created machines that actually lit up and drew crazy designs. It was a blast!!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math & Language Arts:   
Math: Group A met the challenge of pencil paper subtraction with some success. There are definitely some great math students in the making in this group. However, some will need to brush up a little before August. Groups B, C and D all used math games to improve their skills. Group B worked on their money skills by “Making Cents”. This is a board game where the students had to answer money questions to move ahead. Group C ventured into the “mystery” of expanded notation and writing numbers in word form with a file folder game entitled “It’s a Mystery”. Although, for most of the students it’s not a mystery at all, they understand expanded notation. Group D leaped over a frog to put decimals in order by playing the file folder game “Leap Frog”. A great many of our frog leapers did very well but I few went for a swim in the river of confusion. However, we threw them a life jacket and they could try again. Great week for math!!
Language Arts: 
Groups A and B, having finished their novels last week ventured into the world of Word Chunks. This is a game where the students got to connect blocks with parts of a word to create a complete word. There were rules they had to follow and a time limit but it was mentally challenging as well as fun! There were times where the students thought they created a word but it turned out to be just two prefixes or two suffixes not an actual word. Groups C and D continued with their novels. Since these two groups are little better readers, they have more difficult and longer novels than the two younger groups so it will take them an extra week or two to finish. However, group D is leaning how difficult small humans (children) can be to look after and group C is realizing time travel is not always the greatest thing ever. Will both novels have successful conclusions? Will all the characters live to tell about it? I guess we just read on and find out next week.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – June 23rd, 2017

Dear Parents,
The week found our students getting creepy learning all about creepy crawlies and other insects.  As part of this, the learning experience was extended at our Family Involvement session through Science and Literacy integration regarding Insects.  Families came together to brainstorm everything they already knew about insects.  After, they read a book on insects and added their new knowledge to the web.  Finally we had a contest to see how many different insects the groups could list.  Teams worked so hard that we decided to give a prize to everyone.  The prizes were donated from our friends at Warner Brothers from the Lego Batman movie.  The day got away from us today so they will be passed out on Monday.  Thank you to everyone who participated, we had 88% attendance which shows that doing these activities at dismissal time produces the best participation! As a culminating activity, our students went on an insect safari on Miss Cuqui’s Adventures in a Box.  To see more about it, visit her website at www.adventuresinabox.org.
I have gotten a bit behind posting photos to our Facebook, but be patient, they will all get there!
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Year 2 Summer Week 2 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A read a story about a boy who did not take care of his bike and, consequently, his bike was not usable when he wanted to ride it. They were asked to write how this problem could have been avoided and, also, to think of a time in their life that they had a problem because they did not take responsibility for their own behavior.
In Group B, we identified feelings associated with common situations and also identified ways we could show other people that we care about their feelings.
In Group C, we defined what a stereotype is and began reviewing situations to identify the stereotype and its consequences. Next week, we will finish the review and discuss our reasoning.
Group D read and discussed a poem to highlight that individual differences do not always equate to better or worse. We also introduced the concept of personal preference (which also are not inherently better or worse between two people) and how preferences can change over time.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we talked about how to use the conjunction cuando and the verb ver, and how they can be used in complex sentences. We read six different complex sentences about different locations and what animals can be seen there, then played a matching game where students had to recreate the sentences with sentence fragments they were given. Everyone did a great job working on pronunciation and interpretation. Ask them to tell you one of the sentences in Spanish!
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
It’s the start of week 2 of summer camp and we are moving right along. Group A had some fun with block play and using them to move the objects up, down and across a bridge. Group B continued their quest to master the skill of engineering. They created boats, robots, string telephones and flip books; not quite ready for NASA yet but making good progress. Group C worked with air and water power again this week and constructed excavators, radar cars, antique cars and a tank; let me tell you air and water power are strong! Finally, Group D wrapped up their work with catapults and crossbows. They’re going to be sad to say goodbye to the middle age weaponry but we must move forward. They ended their unit by making a weighted catapult, two types of crossbows and a trebuchet. Wow! It was a fun filled week for everyone!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math & Language Arts:   
Math: This week Group D probably had the most challenging math lesson. They had to finish their playground designs. They turned out very nice, maybe not realistic but creative none the less. Group C left their compasses from last week’s math behind and jumped into a world of rounding numbers. They played a file folder game where they had to round numbers to nearest tens and hundreds. It was not too difficult an activity but a nice friendly game to reinforce our math skills. Group B worked on their place value skills my playing a mystery house board game. They all seemed to enjoy this activity even though there was no cutting or pasting like last week. Next week it’s on to money…crack open your wallets and prepare to count. Group A continued with their subtraction with coins but this week we worked on using the coins less and our mental math more. Next week it’s going to be all pencil paper and no manipulatives! Uh Oh…prepare you math brains now for regrouping overload.
Language Arts: 
This week was all about books, books, and more books. Groups A and B finished their novels. Group A used the novel to further study word endings while Group B used their novel to do a character study. Groups C and D just started their novels this week. Group C is traveling back to the time of ancient Greece with some great characters in The Time Warp Trio book. Group D is reading a little different type of story in the novel Guide to Feeding and Caring of Humans. This story, we have learned, is what happens when a dragon has a little girl for a pet; so far, it’s quite funny! Our summer reading will continue next week.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – June 16th, 2017

Dear Parents,
     The first week of our summer enrichment program was off to a great start.  Even through having a lot of rain, the kids did a really great job participating in the activities both indoors and out.  On the rainy days, our students had PE in the covered area outside my front office.  They used plastic engineering sticks to construct different structures.
     Everyone had an amazing time at the Biscayne Nature Center for our first fieldtrip.  What an amazing learning experience to teach our children about the importance of conservation and our environment.
     As part of our program, we use feedback from parents and also from our advisory committee to make program improvements.  As a result of feedback from both of these groups of individuals, we will be changing the structure of our last two family engagement activities to better support the needs of our families.  That said, Family Engagement Activity #5 will not take place on a Saturday as previously scheduled.  It will take place on Thursday, June 22nds at 5:30 which is the scheduled end time for the program.  Those families who have been picking up a bit early, please note that time so that you plan on your child staying until the end of the day so that you can get credit for attending this activity with your child.  Remember, the family engagement activities are required for participation in the program.  If you cannot attend because of your work schedule, it is okay to send another adult representative along like a grandparent, aunt, or uncle.  Please mark your calendar so that one adult can be here for this program.  The final activity, #6 will take place on the last day of camp, July 28th, also at 5:30.
     Finally, click here to see the advisory committee meeting notes and recap to see the feedback we were given and how we plan to change our program for the better.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Year 2 Summer Week 1 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A discussed what it means to be “responsible for what we say and do.” They also listed different ways that they can show responsibility at home in contrast to showing responsibility at school.
In Group B, we made a flip-book. Each child was able to cut out and make his or her own flip book. The story involves a cat with some cheese and a mouse with some milk who decided to share and ended up having a better snack than they otherwise would have.
In Groups C, we read a book called Big Al and used the story as a springboard into a discussion of the skills needed to make friends. We made a list of those skills and will continue our discussion next week when we will also focus on stereotypes.
Group D was introduced to a generic problem solving formula which was demonstrated through role play. The children then worked independently on making a radio announcement to convince other people that the formula is the best way to solve problems.
 

Amanda Dufau., Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, students were introduced to the names of the seven continents of the world in Spanish: Asia, África, Norteamérica, Sudamérica, Antártida, Europa, y Australia. We practiced saying the names, matched the names to a map of each continent, how the accents in the words change the way the syllables sound, and discussed how some of the names are similar to the names of the continents in English. Groups C and D also discussed the sizes of each continent, which is the largest and smallest, and how most other countries use the metric system to measure size. Did you know Australia is the smallest continent, measuring 8 million square kilometers? Ask your child how this would be said in Spanish.

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:
We just jumped right into science for the summer starting with group A and their roof designs. Group A spent the first half of the week trying to design a roof to their house that wouldn’t leak. The remainder of the week was dedicated to coming up with a parachute that would land a few figures safely and by safely we mean not falling out of the basket. The students did quite well, we may have a few future engineers in our midst. Group B started the summer science with an intro into engineering. They constructed gliders, diving bells, and parachutes. It was a fun and relaxing way to start the summer. Group C built items that were powered by air and water. This week they made a cutting machine, grinding machine and truck. It was complicated and we are working on being patient and not giving up thus we ended up successful! Group D went back to medieval times with catapults and crossbows. I think out biggest discovery this week was there are MANY different types of catapults and crossbows. This week was the classic catapult, a trebuchet, and a scorpion. We learned that a trebuchet is a fancy name for something that looks like a fancy catapult. The students loved this, especially the part where we can launch things across the room! We look forward to continuing these themes next week.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math & Language Arts:   
Math is a little different this summer. It’s only 30 minutes one day a week so our lessons are a little shorter. Group A continued their adventure in subtraction with regrouping. They used pennies and dimes to show how regrouping is just exchanging one dime for ten pennies. The fact that we could physically do this with our coins made the concept a lot more meaningful. Group B created a collage of solids using old magazines and catalogues. They found some very interesting examples of each type of solids and the cutting and gluing was the most fun. Group C learned how to use a compass which is not as easy as it sounds. They practiced drawing all sizes of circles. Once they got the hang of it, the students found out how great it was to draw a perfect circle. Group D used their knowledge of geometry to design a playground to meet certain specifications such as two polygons, four intersecting lines etc. The designs are coming along but we will need one more week to finish. I can’t wait to see the final product.
Language Arts:
Groups A and B dove right into their books study. Group A read Hi Fly Guy which is a story about a boy who has a pet fly. I’m not sure all the students are embracing the pet fly idea but some of them thought it would be cool. Group B started a great story called Battle Bunny about a boy who rewrites a book his grandma gave him for his birthday. He had to rewrite it because to him it was a baby book. Wow, the kids really could identify with that one! The story is very interesting but we’re going to have to wait ’til next week to find out if Alex saved the world from the evil Battle Bunny! Groups C and D started the summer with a little word game called Word for Word. The students add prefixes and suffixes to words to create new words. It started off a little slow but once the students found out you could make words with multiple prefixes and suffixes their curiosity peaked! Next week the older groups will start their novels for the summer. We can’t wait!