At 8 yesterday evening, the R and W families loaded up into the mini-van for a night drive to Florida and the launch of the shuttle.
Their plan was to meet up with the NASA shuttle in Titusville, FL at 3:30am (Yes AM!).
UPDATE: Yey! There was lift off.
BR's gourd bowl and portable bird trap cordage.
BR's neolithic house structural design. It would be clad with animal skins to waterproof it.
BR showing how his bird trap would be set-up.
The kids made brick molds and then filled them with SC upland clay and then sanded them. We are letting them air dry for two weeks and then we are going to bake them in our oven.
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The kids are working on the practical things that the cultures they are studying would have created. Oh yeah – fractions, too; it is Lent.
AV and BW are working with addition and simplification of fractions.
BR cutting azalea branches to make a neolithic indian structure
Mrs. EV shows AR how to weave palm frond mats for her home's walls.
We’ve returned from our trip to Greenville, SC. Here are a few photos from the goings on. We forgot to take photos before the opera. We enjoyed it. The consensus was that Faust was not as good as Samson et Delilah.
The little guys went with Ms. ER to Restaurante Bergamo They tried caprese. It was a little sketchy for the kids. They knew what tomatoes were and were nervous about eating them with balsamic vinegar and mozzarella. It wasn’t their favorite, but it was OK. The mussels they had next were their favorite. Then they tried shrimp alfredo. Alfredo sauce is a winner. Their desserts were wonderful. BW exclaimed the next day, “If I could have licked the plate, I wanted to….The key lime pie was that good!” They had worked so hard to get the proper table manners down. BW held the doors and helped seat the ladies. They handled the mussel fork and the accompanying juices very well. Being able to move from the primitive skills camp to the finest tables that a city might offer, is a skill set for which a Montessori child must strive.
They found out that new foods are worth the try.
The next morning as AV and JV slept in, every one else headed to Greenville Children’sMuseum.
When they arrived, the car building and racing section was a MESSSSSSS! Before they began building and racing their cars, they had to organize the materials! Oh yes!
Ms. JW's attack on the wind tunnel.
AV and LR in the middle of the Falls.
Ms. ER brought LR and AR to meet up with JV and AV who had picnicked at the Falls Park. The kids found a snake, hopped rocks, and looked at the work of water all around them.
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Older boys working
It is Lent and in the classroom, we are stopping all regular math work and working solely on fractions. The younger group are just learning fractions and are way into them. See their moment of AHHHHHHAAA here.
It was a really great moment to watch them work together to remember how to work out equivalencies. The maturity in mathematical though from last year was great to see. They didn’t need me at all. Yey.
Today AR had the addition with like denominators lesson. We reviewed nomenclature: numerator and denominator. We also noticed that in all the problems that I had given her the denominators were the same in each problem.
She began by laying out the materials from the fraction box. She made an addition sign from adding machine tape to help her visualize the operation. After about four problems, I asked if she could predict the answer. She said, “no.” I wandered off.
She soon called me back and predicted her answer. She was correct and I asked how she had solved it. She was able to articulate that the denominator stays the same but the numerator is added together.
She we over and began to draw out the process of fractions. She skipped to her mom and began to explain it all to her. Then she dictated the “Law of Addition in Fractions” to me.
AR has completed her book of land and water forms and the beginning of imaginary island work – focusing on land and water forms. She is working out binding a book by sewing it into folios and then into a cover.
The kids are meeting with me to review where they are with their projects. Here is the expectations list.
They have struggled to understand the geology of their islands and become very focused then on the arising biology, weather patterns, migratory patterns, and water sources. Most often children become fascinated with the culture and have to be continually focused on the “science” expectations. This has been interesting to observe.
DW made a list of food sources to acquire needed vitamins.
AV's fertility statuary - based off of neolithic Japanese culture.
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