Thursday, September 23, 2010

Socials & Science With Friends


As today was the first day of fall we reviewed the position of the earth and how the angles mark the changing seasons. Ella, Vanessa and Leigha also completed a fall crossword puzzle.


Ella and Vanessa finished their project on beavers. They made a posters showing what kind of homes they live in, their life cycle, what they eat and what is unique about them.

Fur Trade

Ivy, Cassandra and Jessica did some research for our fur trade party next week. They looked at authentic foods and how we might adapt those to suit our current tastes. So far we're thinking about beef jerky, dried fruit and bannock. That may not be exactly authentic but it will be fun over a fire.

The girls decided what role they wanted to play and started to consider what they would wear. Using a measuring tape, ribbon and stakes they marked off the size of a northern canoe to get an idea what it would have been like (sneaky math...). The biggest challenge now is deciding what we will trade next week and how the system will work!

Last week the focus was on the First Peoples and what their lives looked like before contact.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Summer Classes

The girls each took a few classes this summer and although they fall outside of the school year they did a lot of learning! Both girls attended and helped me teach a children's pottery class through the Summer Arts Program here in Summerland.

Ivy took a whittling course in June and then again in August because she enjoyed it so much. She made a walking stick, sailboat, hedgehog, "yip stick", whistle, boomerang and a bunch of other things!

Ella signed up for a week of gymnastics camp where she got to practise her basic moves, play games and learn a bit of hip hop. She was only planning to spend mornings there but stayed all day a few times! Her energy is astounding. Ella also loved the one week drama course she took with JenViens. The theme was "Twisted Fairytales" where the kids got to rewrite some classics with their own twists. Ella ended up playing the part of the frog prince and looked really comfortable on stage.

A few fun sketches from over the summer...

Ivy's portraits of space club members:

and Ella's "Hay Dude".


When we went on the Nk'Mip Cultural Centre field trip with home learners just over a year ago we had a fantastic time. We went again a few weeks ago and the girls explored some of the exhibits they hadn't spent as much time on then.


We got tickets for the Cirque Du Soleil show "Allegria" last Christmas and finally got to go! Favourite acts included the Power Track (gymnastics - trampoline tumbling),Flying Man, and Aerial High Bar. It was fantastic but for most of us it was no match for the colours and intensity of Saltimbanco, which we saw a few years ago. Ivy was the exception to this and had a greater appreciation for the more subtle details.