This week the idea of literacy was our focus. Our working definition became literacy means communication beyond speech. We did however use speech bubbles to encourage reading and writing. Fun stuff!
|Digging their work|
Literacy Day brought
in a number of parents
and literary characters.
I dressed as Robert Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and I brought along the ultimate accessory.
|Ready to go!|
After school activities have begun! The origami club led by third grade sensei "Mr. River" was a big hit. Who needs pricey gadgets when you can fold paper frogs?
We received a special report from our intrepid New York correspondent via Skype.
Inside Out was our philosophical movie of the week.
All the kids loved the film despite having seen it "a million and two times."
Yesterday was my first viewing and I loved the story too. Bravo Pixar! Inside Out showed us the rollicking influence Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust have in our minds.
What was the moral?
Talk about Inside Out. Make the story matter. Even better, if you haven't seen the movie, one or one million and three times wouldn't be so bad.
Somehow our week went quickly. In math we paid particular attention to symmetry. One example came from a male puffer fish who composed beautiful sand art to a attract mate. Seriously, jaw-dropping effort. I hope he found someone. See his work here (video).
|Flowers? Lame. Look what the puffer fish said.|
The puffer fish’s mating call is yet another school learning opportunity from real, irrepressible nature. Look around your world and keep asking your child meaningful questions; questions that schooling should have helped to answer.
Perhaps the good news is you won't have to dive to the sea floor. That would be super cool, but you don't have to. Numbers are everywhere. For instance, ask about the area or perimeter of surfaces, but set the units. “If this table is 3 by 4 meters, what is the area? What would the perimeter be?" And so on. A tape measurer could be a toy as well as a tool. Home learning makes school work worthwhile. Meaningful fun. Yeah!
Enjoy the long weekend!