Last session outdoor explorers hiked the watershed near Lake Lagunitas. Each week, students learned a Medieval naturalist, their travels and interests. Explorers hiked trails, noticing flora & fauna, tracks, bird calls, scat, lizards, turtles, frogs, crayfish & insects. Then they drew a map of the hike, identifying points of interest.
Open your eyes to see the world like no one has seen it before. What possibilities can your imagination create? We followed the greatest inventor DaVinci to reMake reality: Frescoes, Shakespearean sword fighting, Venice with Ozo-boats & cork boats, anemometers & camera obscuras. What a fabulous finale to a super summer!
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.
Danger and opportunity abounds in a caravan along the silk road. Innovate and adapt to make the greatest discoveries where riches and adventures await.
Pit two of the greatest seafaring warriors against one another and you never know what may happen--ships, quadrants, viking locks, treasure maps & pirate duels. Arrrr, what an adverturrrrrre!
In a time of magical makers and chivalrous knights, secret structures and powerful weaponry make the day...sword tricks, stained glass, Ozobot kingdoms & drawbridges. We had a royal ball at Maker Camp: Knights & Castles!
We are just over halfway through 8 fabulous weeks of Maker Camp! Here are a few highlights!
Summer is finally here. . . and so is Maker Camp! We're putting away the books--they're ancient history--and getting out our swords, flying machines & war ships.
We have a fabulous summer of Medieval technology planned: Knights & Castles, Vikings v. Pirates, Road to Arabia & DaVentions. Come check it out!
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
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.
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.Read More
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
For more information about Noël Janis-Norton, please visit www.calmerparenting.com
Android Makers, Micro Makers, Mini Makers and the Fabulous Five looked into the future and made it their own!
What a fabulously noisy week!
Here's a sample of our Noisy Week, Peter & the Wolf style. Stay tuned; Maker Camp:Music & Noise, Movement II will be jazzy!!!
Great work, Graduates! Congratulations! Thanks for letting us be a part of the process.