Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Week Eleven Photos

These photos go with the post Week Eleven Notes (Nov 14 - Nov 17).

testing out a new educational board game
and finding different places around the globe

Long Multiplication with the Checker Board

Long Division with the Racks & Tubes

the youngest children are working on Place Value
last week we went up to 500 with The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

today we go to the thousands in place value with Redwoods by Jason Chin

Place Value & Redwood Trees blog post for more details...

the color coding of digits in Montessori

a picture of a car driving through a redwood tree!

decorating lanterns for our Lantern Walk

Lantern Making and Martinmas blog post for more details...

we continue with Place Value with the 45 Layout

we look more closely at the number 1000

10 golden beads wired together into a 10-bar
ten 10-bars wired together into a 100-square
ten 100-squares wired together into a 1000-cube

counting by 1s up to 9
counting by 10s up to 90
counting by 100s up to 900
counting by 1000s up to 9000

we practice > and < with The Autumn Calf by Jill Haukos

the little bison calf needs to be 200 pounds to survive the fierce winter

does it weigh more or less than 200 pounds?

we also play the Crocodile Game with 74 and 47
which is bigger?

the Dice Game is another favorite way to practice place value

Instructions for the Dice Game blog post for more details...

this game is wonderful for learning how to read, and compare, very large numbers!

next in Place Value, we explore Infinity Street

I have houses up to the Sextillion Family
and slips of paper for the names up to the Novemdecillion Family

we end this week by reading A Million Dots by Andrew Clements

a birthday celebration

this is their favorite kind of imaginative play at Recess

wooden animals, play kitchen foods, dollhouse furniture, and the Caravan

we have a wonderful Special Guest, Angela Davis, Superintendent of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant for Carbondale

since November is a Math block for everyone, I ask her to especially focus on Math in her presentation

at Forest School on Friday, lessons with Miss Destinee in Firestarting 
(and s'mores!)

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Monday, December 26, 2022

Art History - Ruth Asawa

Our Specials schedule this year is

    Mon - Nature Study & Form Drawing

    Tue - Farm Day

    Wed - Handwork & Philosophy, Science Club

    Thu - Art History & Structured Word Inquiry

    Fri - Forest School

In my Art History 2022-2023 blog post, I decided January would be Ruth Asawa. Here are some resources and my planning notes:

Ruth Asawa
1926 - 2013

MMA - Ruth Asawa blog post


we are going to study SIUC professor Buckminster Fuller as well this month

Design at Southern Illinois University: R. Buckminster Fuller

Everything is Design (PDF)

- she formed a lifelong friendship with visionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller, who once described her as one of the greatest artists he knew

- he designed her wedding ring

- she saw him raise his first geodesic dome

- one of her monumental sculptures hung in Bucky and Anne's Carbondale IL home

Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

The Restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home Kicks Off Saturday
Architect Magazine - Apr 18, 2014

possible field trip ideas:

Ruth Asawa: Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Ruth Asawa: Black Mountain College

Ruth Asawa, the Subversively 'Domestic' Artist
The New York Times - Dec 22, 2013

The Japanese-American Sculptor Who, Despite Persecution, Made Her Mark
The New York Times - Jul 20, 2020

Ruth Asawa’s Life Was Even More Remarkable Than You Thought

A fresh look at Ruth Asawa’s extraordinary life

Ruth Asawa
Frog from Ghirardelli Square

Baker's Clay Recipe

lots of Nature walks would make sense when studying this artist... love her quote!

Here is the lesson from SF MOMA that Lotus recommends. The video goes with these step-by-step instructions.

However, I don't like this video AT ALL because it is nothing like Ruth Asawa's techinque. I think that our crochet single-line-drawing is much closer to her work, and the class enjoyed experimenting with it, so I'd like to expand upon that and let the children try to "loop" with wire. We have plenty of it left over from Alexander Calder!

I love the "knotless netting" images in the article below:
Ruth Asawa and the Mythical Basketmaker of Mexico

And, in fact, we will be learning how to tie nets in Norse Mythology this Spring (Loki), so this will lay an interesting foundation for that!

for my oldest student, who is studying U.S. History (which Waldorf does in 8th grade), we will return to the life of Ruth Asawa when we get to Japanese Internment in the Second World War

Being Ruth Asawa – a poem by Anne Whitehouse

Ruth Asawa
National Park Service

SHEG: Japanese American Incarceration

SHEG: Ansel Adams at Manzanar

week of Jan 2:

week of Jan 9:

    Monday - make designs in dirt with bare feet

    Thursday - Art History Kids - Magnificent Modern Art Course
    week 2 video & assignment

    Continuous Line Drawing

    it would also be fun to do a continuous line drawing 3-D with a crochet hook and some undyed natural fiber yarn (or this may be a good use for the raffia someone donated and I've never used)... just keep going in and out of your own work until you feel like being done

week of Jan 16:

week of Jan 30:

    Monday - special guest for Unitarian Universalism
    in preparation for Buckminster Fuller field trip (tour of Dome Home)

    Tuesday - field trip cancelled due to ice storm

week of Feb 6:

week of April 10:

    rescheduled Dome Home field trip

    NOTE: we will also plan to visit the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden in May when we study Dale Chihuly

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Week Ten Photos

These photos go with the post Week Ten Notes (Nov 7 - Nov 10).

Zac and I were recovering from COVID so this week was slower and quieter.

Subtraction Secrets #10
with a handful of pinecones

after I read a poem version of "The Fox and the Grapes," Zac went running off to his bedroom and proudly came back with volume A of his encyclopedia

A is for Aesop

sketching Autumn leaves
and looking through our Prismacolors to find the perfect color

Autumn brings all kinds of beautiful colors!

we decide to set up a "Track Trap" to try to capture some animal footprints

for best results, we set up two locations

we couldn't really tell if we captured any tracks

so they decided on a new setup, a cookie sheet of flour

which has been carefully smoothed out

Addition Adventures #4
with the Mortensen material

we find the missing addend in this way:

"14 is having a party and 5 wants to come.
Who does he need to bring with him?"

"17 is having a party and 9 wants to come.
Who does he need to bring with him?"

then the children choose the piece which, when added to 9, will be the same length as 17

Riddle: Why shouldn’t you tell secrets in the garden? 

on Wednesday morning the children rush to the Track Trap
and we find footprints!

we continue the process of sketching Autumn leaves
two new leaves today... ginkgo and Japanese maple

all of our math is differentiated... here's a first grader's lesson

and an eighth grader's lesson
from NOAA's "Data in the Classroom" program

in Circle Time the Pterodactyls practice skip counting by 5s up to and back down from 100

I set up the first Place Value lesson
which is a trail of 100 green gems, 10 blue organza bags, and 1 red basket

in Montessori,
green = units place
blue = tens place
red = hundreds place

at the end of the trail the children will find the hundredth gem, which will go into the tenth bag, which will go into the red basket and thus show 100

they love walking the trail and counting the gems one by one

each set of ten gems is carefully placed into a blue bag

the blue bags begin to accumulate so friends help with the carrying

9 bags of 10 gems = 90


in Science Club, we try to invent a new thermometer 
(which does not work)

first we test to see how long it takes water to wick its way to the bottom edge of a coffee filter

and then we try four different temperatures of water (indicated by different colors) to see if hot water moves measurably faster and cold water moves measurably slower

it's hard to find the Layers of the Earth and the Layers of the Atmosphere presented in the same scale...

so we create a diagram of our own

I present a follow-up lesson on Place Value to the Pterodactyls where I show them how to represent numbers with the Montessori Golden Bead Material

the numbers that we choose are from the Dr. Seuss story 

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