Make Magazine visits Maker Camp!!!

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It was such an honor to host Make Magazine at Maker Camp last week.  We showed off our DaVentions & your hard-working makers, and they have mentioned us in the latest Make:Education newsletter!

Maker Camp on the AIR!
Make Magazine, creators of Maker Camp, hosted us today on their Maker Campfire hang out. Watch it here!  We have a 5 min. presentation of some of your campers' projects around the 35 min mark.

Ancient Making and Ancient Reading

Last week we reached 3 BC - having come from 8,000 BC and before - we've learned of the man Jesus born under Roman rule; we've studied Cleopatra and her powerful influence; we've followed China's warring states and their 300 years of battles. So not only have we followed the deep history of our civilization, but we reach out a bit in Book Club. Although the middle schoolers have read The Odyssey and are preparing to read The Aeneid, our kids and I are reading an array of literature; including our 4th and 5th grade session on Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and everyone's reading something on their own. -Miss Kati

Some adult reading

Some adult reading

Some favored 4th and 5th grade reading

Some favored 4th and 5th grade reading

3rd grade reading

3rd grade reading

something we all like and can laugh about

something we all like and can laugh about

Middle school (The Aeneid) and a teacher's favorite (Vasari's lives of the artists)

Middle school (The Aeneid) and a teacher's favorite (Vasari's lives of the artists)

A week in Sumeria or Egypt, like a week at GGLC

This week was all about Enheduanna. Who or what is that? Hopefully the kids will reply… Enheduanna, zirru-priestess, wife of the god Nanna, daughter of Sargon, king of the world, in the temple of the goddess Innana!

She wrote some of the oldest poetry ever recorded. Dated back to 2285-2250 BC when Enheduanna the Sumerian High Priestess wrote Inanna, Lady of the Largest Heart she gave depth and soul to the goddess character – equally as passionate and violent as any male counterpart from antiquity.

This week In Art, the kids designed their own tomb walls with what they’d bring to the after life and in Chronos they created moon discs, like Enheduanna’s. (see picture)

Between last week and this week, we’ve covered cuneiform, the poems to Inanna, Narmer’s palette and Narmer’s crown – the Egyptian crown symbolizing Narmer’s unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.

Check out Simon and Mars explaining how they vacuum form the crowns of Egypt in Make History. (see video)

Happy Birthday to Jude! Thanks to you and your mom for making those awesome Egyptian cookies!

Lastly, this Friday we had our first field trip. Thanks to Mar-Chet Jewelers on San Anselmo Avenue, the kids were able to see in-heated-action the alloys they’d studied throughout the week.

Chess Club - the game of capturing and learning

Chess Club - the game of capturing and learning

Finally after a year of finding the right time and the right leader, Chess Club kicked off yesterday with Chris Major at the helm.  And what a kick-off! The kids hung on his every word and watched his every move. He coached them in the simple pawn game as he slowly introduced the players (pieces). In this game we "capture", we don't "destroy" or "kill". We don't actually ever capture the King, we check-mate him.

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Noel Janis-Norton's Back to School Parenting Workshop

Back to School: Guiding Children to Achieve Their Potential

by Noel Janis-Norton

Learn effective ways to help your children and teens:
·      Improve concentration and attention to detail
·      Learn how to do their best
·      Develop confidence and self-reliance
·      Take more responsibility
·      Enjoy learning

 Whether your children are just beginning school or have been in school for years or are being home-schooled, you can learn simple and effective strategies that will make homework and home learning more enjoyable and more productive. 

In this interactive talk Noël will explain how parents can teach children and teens the essential "school success skills" that lead to academic competence, confidence and independence.  Bring your questions and concerns; Noel has the experience and expertise to help you resolve problems and overcome obstacles.

Noël Janis-Norton, founder and director of Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting and Teaching in London, is a learning and behavior specialist and an international best-selling author with more than 50 years’ experience in the US and the UK as a teacher, principal, special needs tutor, parenting advisor, consultant and lecturer.

Date:          Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time:          6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:          $27 per person
Register here

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Maker Camp: Tiny Worlds

This week in Maker Camp: Tiny Worlds, each camper made a stop motion films!  See their pieces below as well as highlights from the week!


Make the Press - Stamp Rollers!

Make the Press, one of our cool new themes at Maker Camp is being tested out NOW in Maker Club! We're making Stamp Rollers this week and having a blast. Art and making all at once. We've known some bookworms in our day and designed this week of camp to give them something to feed on. Everything to do with the printed page has a maker behind it, even the page itself!


Make the Press. Make Art.