Week of 07/12/2019:
Dear parents, Thank you for sharing your children with us. We had a fun filled week of learning and growing!
Please review the weekly report below!
ROBOTICS, CODING with Chesstronics:
- The students then split into two teams and worked together to build a robot hand during the robotics hand. This robotic hand required hard work and teamwork skills to complete efficiently.
- On Tuesday, we split into groups of 3 and started working on the sphero robot. The students were supposed to program their sphero robot so that it could compete a given maze before the time ends.
- Most students completed the maze successfully but some of them made it halfway through the maze.
- On Wednesday, the students started working on the “calculator app”. Their objective was to make two screens. The first screen allows for the use of the app to input two numbers in two different textboxes and a button that adds both the numbers together.
- The students programmed the app in a way that when the button is clicked, it switches screen to the second one. The second screen includes the results an image.
- During the robotics time the students build a challenging robot the VEX catapult robot. Vex is the ultimate stepping stone into the world robotics as schools use VEX for their robotics competitions. The students as a team split up the different aspects of the robot and constructed different aspects making sure that everyone was doing something. Overall this robot was a great build and experience for the kids.
- On Friday, everyone completed the “calculator app” and started working on completing their websites on code academy.
CHESS with Chesstronics:
- On Wednesday, in chess, the students learned about the King’s Gambit as white then the Sicilian Dragon opening as black and asked questions about certain variations. Then, we went over tactics featuring Knight forks and the students gave their best guess on the right answer to the certain puzzles. After seven tactics, the students were given time to “free play”. Here, they were able to test their openings and skills against other students while also playing other variants of chess such as bughouse.
- On Friday, in chess, the students learned about the Queen’s Gambit as white then the Caro Kann opening as black and asked questions about certain variations within the opening. Then, we went over tactics featuring Pins and skewers and the students gave their best guess on the right answer to the certain puzzles. After ten tactics, the students were given time to “free play”. Here, they were able to test their openings and skills against other students while also playing other variants of chess such as bughouse.
SPANISH: Lunch and Learn:
- On Monday, we worked on introduction to vocabulary (references to people and colors).
- On Tuesday, we learnt numbers and telling time in Spanish.
- On Wednesday, we learnt the concept of – ser vs. estar.
- On Thursday – We did a ser vs. estar review and played trivia questions.
- On Friday, we did a final Kahoot on references to people, ser vs. estar, colors, numbers and telling time.
LIFE SKILLS with FutureSTRONG Academy:
- We talked about Chores our parents do at home and work and what all usually has to get done for a household to run.
- We “Adopted a Highway” and cleaned about an area of it and collected two big bags of trash. We then sat down under a tree and made up stories of how the trash must have gotten there.
- We talked about positive mindset in a series called: Say This Not That.
- We played multiple Brain freezer riddles, including solving a murder mystery, a fight club dueing duo, a math problem and a dinner table seating arrangement.
- One of our kids presented an aircraft carrier he created on the game Roblox, and one other presented a series of games he created using the website, Scratch.
- We talked about all the Quotes that have made an impact on our lives and why they’ve stuck with us.
- We played a crazy fun game of “Would You Rather” to challenge each other in fun ways!
- We took turns reading the picture book, Life on the Line, to understand the how people live along the Arctic Line. Please ask your children what they understood about lives that are so different than ours.
- We played many board games, including Cheese Touch!
- We played with bricks (Legos) and made many original creations. Some worked as teams and some created individual items.
- We played Bananagrams to develop our vocabulary.
- We clashed at Giant Jenga and toppled it many many times.
- We made Perler bead crafts to learn how to focus, stay on a task longer and to develop patience.
- We played outside – a game of Switch for conflict resolution, a game of popsicle dice run to develop mental focus and clarity, a game of parking lot infection tag etc.
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