Our wonderful Kids Nia/Yoga class was full of fun, friendship, and exploration. Children mastered the 5 stages of Nia as well as key yoga poses such as cat/cow; down dog; up dog; airplane; moon; eagle; and a favorite, savasana. They worked with the Emotion Dance and Freeze Dances during Nia time and “yoga clock” during yoga time. They learned about healthy foods and explored things that they love in life through art work. They learned to still their minds with mudra (hand positions) along with mantra (repeated sounds). Ask them about their “Sa – ta – na- ma” exercise!
Acting is an active way of telling stories. During this after school theater program, students learned storytelling and theater basics by actively engaging in theater games, improvisation, enacting scenes and puppetry – all of which invite exploration of voice, body, movement and emotion!
In the last Mathematical Problem Solving class this week we studied even and odd numbers, les entiers pairs et impairs. We used some simple algebra to prove that the sum of two even numbers is even, the sum of two odd numbers is even, and an even number plus an odd number is odd. We also explored the even/odd pattern in Pascal’s triangle. The students asked about numbers that are evenly divisible by 3, or have a remainder of 1, or of 2. We decided to call those numbers “threeven”, “throdd”, and “negathrodd”, respectively. The name of the last comes from the observation one of the students made, that having a remainder of 2 is the same as having a remainder of -1.
Attached is the worksheet.
Children have been creating a vase with collage, they draw and painted les tournesols, à
la manière de Matisse, using fresh sunflowers. Today is the last Art class.
This week in the Mathematical Problem Solving Activity children figured out how to do the “balancing acts” on the worksheet attached — more pre-algebra. They also used LEGOs to count how many ways there are to cover a 2xN rectangle with 2×1 tiles. For N = 1,2,3,4,5 they counted 1,2,3,5,8 ways, and then guessed that it is always a Fibonacci number.
In this ASA children learned to conjugate frequently used verbs at the present tense (such as to be, to have, to go and others ). They learned about family, family members and possessive adjectives. They also learned vocabulary related to toys and animals how to make the plural of nouns and how to count up to 20.
In the cultural section we talked about an Italian folklore La Befana, an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve.