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This blog accompany Aliza's SEEDS and Science Kids classes at first 5.

The Garden party

Hi Parents,

We were so blessed to have a garden party session in our program.

BIG thanks Jeanette for the organization!!!

It was a real hands- on exploration of nature with all its beauty. The creatures (Worms, ladybugs), the plants, the soil, the fresh air that plants produce, the vegetables that plants produce.

For me personally it was an opportunity to share the program with my son. I am telling him about each week explorations, but this week he had a chance to be present. This day will stay with us forever.

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I bring some of the photos from the party.

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See you all the coming Thursday for the last session of the current series.

It will be great fun to explore Gravity and friction.

Attached a nice video about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NPD9W0kro

See you,

Aliza.

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Trees

Hi Parents,

This week we had a pre – Garden party theme of Trees. We explored around two main questions: What are the parts of the tree? and what are trees good for?

In the cube game

  • We imagined ourselves to be a leaf, a trunk, branches, fruits, roots. Imagining support understanding about the connection between form and function. For example, a trunk is strong and thick because its function is to hold the tree without moving. It’s the base of the tree.

Chili and the mice explored a tree in their garden.

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We created a tree in stages through our exploration stations:

First we used a special technique to create leaves.

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Than:

  • Glued the leaves we made,
  • Used yarn to create the trunk, branches and roots
  • And colored fruit die cuts.

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At home keep it going by:

  1. Show case your creation and continue  the conversation about parts of the trees and their function. For example: why fruits are round? why roots are long and strong?  What creatures feed on different parts of the tree?
  2. Tree and color. collect leaves from the same tree and arrange them by different hues. Pay attention to the colors of the different parts of the tree.
  3. Two fantastic books about trees are: “The Lorax” and “The Giving Tree”. Both are about how much we need trees and are excellent to promote the love for trees.

See you next Thursday in the Garden party.

Aliza.

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Combining Shapes

Hi Parents,

This week it was about noticing how our world is structured from different shapes. The kids were exploring this idea by assembling shapes to build new things and disassembling things in the world to discover the basic shapes they are made of.

In the cube game:

We hunted shapes in the room. The kids were most enthusiastic about finding Cylinders.

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We combined basic shapes to create other basic shapes. The kids discovered that they need to partner with other kids to form the shapes.

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Eeny, Meany and Miny adventure was all about building a new world out of cheese pieces in different shapes.

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And on the the exploration stations:

1. We painted the shapes robot.

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2. Created a 3D cube out of template

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3. Created a world of unique shapes.

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After all the kids collaborated to create a bigger world of unique shapes.

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To keep it going:

  1. Basically everything can be disassemble into basic shapes. This is a great technique to learn how to draw. Find some examples on the internet and learn together how to draw with basic shapes. Here is an example: http://www.how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com/how-to-draw-a-panda.html
  2. Explore shapes in different contexts. For example:
  • Compare different kind of cereal by their shapes. Try to roll and slide the round ones versus the rectangles. Try find different shapes of pretzels and find out what can you do with them.
  • While walking in the park collect different things and compare their shapes. Leaves, different branches, cones etc. Ask why the cones are oval? Can you find triangles and rectangles in the nature?
  1. Collect recycled container. Those have different 3D shapes. Assemble them into different things: a car, a rocket ship, a table, a chair etc.

This Thursday it’s about Plants.

See you all,

Aliza.

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