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Learning to Grow
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It's All Greek to Me!
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The Birth of Science
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Chinese Landscape Painting, Monday's Art Exploration
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Textile Art, Tuesday's Art Exploration
Children come away from this week's study with a gentle understanding of the Middle East and some of the flavors and history of this intriguing culture. We become Nomads this week, moving throughout the desert. This week's explorations include projects such as making mosaics, and painting silk scarves. We learn about life in the desert, both for people and animals.
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Children learn about Mandalas and make therir own on Friday.
India, Land of Magic
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Thanksgiving, and Giving Thanks
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Japan, Land of the Rising Sun
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Israel & Judaism
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House in Ancient Rome
When in Rome...
So much of our Western Cultures traditions and history stem from Ancient Rome. Children come away from this week's study with a gentle understanding of the history that made our own unique culture. We create our own LCK Circus, build Roman houses, and learn how Christianity started in Rome.
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Christmas Traditions from Around the World
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Children will learn about the tradition of the Lion Dance and make their own lion masks.
The World Celebrates The New Year
Nearly every culture and country in the world celebrates new year. However, the date of the celebration changes from one culture to the next. By the end of the week, the children will have a gentle understanding of the New Year's traditions of several countries including India, China, Japan, and the United States. During the week the children will participate in New Year's customs from around the world. Children will create a Lion Mask and a Kwanzaa candle, practicing counting using the pocket money they receive in their otoshidama, and create a puppet show.
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Africa & Kwanza
Children will spend the week learning about the diversity of the African continent. Children are introduced to the concept of slavery and the role that sugar played in the need for slaves while they make sugar crystals. The intricacies of the rain forest are learned by constructing a model of the rain forest on the Tree of Knowledge. Children practice letter and number recognition while learning about African animals. The week's art explorations include the creation of African masks and cave paintings. Children will construct their own drums to be used along with their masks in a dance ceremony. The children are introduced to two African children's stories. The week culminates with a trip to the zoo where the children can see Africa's fascinating animals.
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Into the Arctic
The children spend the week delving into all things Arctic. The children will examine the art and lifestyle of the Inuit culture. The children will create their own Inuit inukshuk examining the need of landmarks on the barren Arctic. Experiments will expose the children to the concepts of buoyancy and insulation. Children will review their literarcy skills using the Moveable Alphabet and will learn about rhyming words. The children will leave the week with a gentle understanding of the uniqueness of the Arctic and its inhabitants.
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Children learn about myths and magic, and the legend of the sword and the stone.
Ireland: Celtic Fairies, Myths and Legends
Many of the myths and legends that we hear as children originated in the Medieval Times. It is unclear how much of these stories is fact and how much fiction. However, we can learn something from each of them. Throughout the week, the children will become familiar with five different Medieval myths and legends. They will decipher the moral from these myths while they learn about colors, numbers, and letters. Children will discover how grain is milled and then used to make bread. The week's art explorations will expose bookmaking, Gothic stained glass and gargoyles to the children. Children will also learn a few magic tricks of their own. Children will finish the week with a greater apprecialtion for the lessons we can learn from the myths and legends of the Medieval Period.
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Antarctica is the only unspoiled land left on our planet. The children will come to appreciate this continent's unique attributes as they complete the week's explorations. The children will investigate penguins, seals, and whales to understand how they live in the Antarctic cold. Several experiments will be conducted to help the children understand the nature of Antarctica. Children will discover the difference between warm and cool colors as well as create a life size paper mache penguin. The children will enjoy all the Antarctic explorations.
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The children will learn about Viking longships and knarrs as well as make their own.
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Children will explore life in a Medieval castle.
Castles are symbolic of a change in life during the Middle Ages. Throughout the week children will learn about castles. Children will develop a understanding of the progression of castle structures by building their own castle. Children will become familar with the techniques used to both attack and defend Medieval castles. Children will explore the purpose and creation of tapestries using the After School Curriculum Kit NeedlePoint. Children will use the Sandpaper Letters and Moveable Alphabet to become familar with the letter "c."
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The children will learn about the buon fresco painting technique used by Renaissance artists like Giotto.
Italy, Birthplace of the Renaissance
The Renaissance is said to be the beginning of modern times. This is the time when society began to look similar to today. The children will spend time this week investigating the art of the Renaissance. They will also continue to learn about letters and numbers. The great thinkers of the Renaissance were always studying and investigating. Children will use the Uppercase Sandpaper Letters and the Addition Snake Game as a concrete tactile way to investigate letters and numbers. They will explore the compositions of Antonio Vivaldi as t;hey listen and paint. The children will walk away from the week's lessons with a greater appreciation for learning.
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The children will imagine standing high on a scaffold painting with their heads tilted back for four years as Michelangelo did when painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Spain Discovers Nautical Power
The nautical discoveries of the Renaissance changed the look of the world. The children will be introduced to a few of the men responsible for these discoveries. The week's explorations will expose the children to the compass navigation as well as teach them how to use a globe. The children will continue to hone their alphabet skills using the Sandpaper Letters while learning some new nautical terms. Childrne will also examine the artwork of Botticelli, Raphael, El Greco, and Michelangelo. The children will create a self - portrait in the style of El Greco and paint their rendition of Spring after viewing the work of Botticelli.
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The children will learn about gears, pendulums, and Galileo as they begin to tell time.
France and the Late Renaissance
This week's lessons will focus on a few of the innovations begun during the Renaissance. The children will be exposed to the achievements of Renaissance thinkers like Galileo, Shakespeare, and da Vinci. The children will explore simple machines and microscopes. They will study letters as they become familar with our Solar System. Children will examine the work of Renaissance artists Ghiberti, della Robbia, and da Vinci. along with compositions by Handel.The children will perform their own play, create a Renaissance inspired tondo and learn to tell time through a few of the week's explorations.
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Children will create their own puppets this week as they learn the lessons taught by classic fairytales.
HOlland and the Enlightenment???
Children will enjoy hearing some of their favorite fairytales this week. The children will learn a little about the origins of popular fairytales as well as learn the moral taurght by those same fairytales. The week's art explorations will include creating an abstract Snow White painting, making a sock puppet, and designing an original toy. Children will also continue learning about capital letters using the Uppercase Sandpaper Letters and numbers using the Addition Snake Game. The Deluxe Magic Set and Afterschool Curriculum Kits will provide activities allowing the children to further explore subjects of interest.
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Children will create their own Medieval crest.
Through the course of the week children will receive a deeper understanding of castle and Medieval life. Children will explore the roles held by different people within the castle. Children will learn the jobs of the castle chandler, marshall, bottler, steward, and lady. Children will continue to develop their reading and writing skills just as the young pages did who came to the castle to begin their journey to knighthood. Children will make candles, play with money, create their own Medieval crest and learn about the different techniques used to create relief sculptures as they complete the week's explorations.
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Children will build their own Mayan pyramids this week using both wooden blocks and sugar cubes.
Discovering the Americas
As the children sample this week's explorations, they will be exposed to three Mesoamerican civilizations discovered by Spanish explorers. The children will learn about Inca khipus, Aztec codex drawings, and Mayan pyramids. Math and language skills will addressed throughout the week's explorations. Children will have the opportunity to dress up like an Incan and to create their own piece of Mayan inspired textile. The children will finish the week with an awareness of some the first people to live and thrive in the Americas.
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The children will build their own teepee this week covering it with "hides" that they lace together.
Native American Discoveries
This week's lessons will focus on the culture of Native American tribes The children will be exposed to the more characteristic customs associated with the Native American tribes of North America. The will learn about different types of Native American shelters and a few customary religious practices. They will study numbers as they become familar with wampum and other beadwork techniques. Children will examine the different techniques used by Native American artists and craftsman to create their artwork. The children will participate in their own powwow and play music to bring on spring. In the end the children will gain an appreciation for the customs that distinguish the Native Americans from other world cultures.
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The gardens at Versailles
The Baroque and Rococo Periods were a time of revolutionary thinking among European people. Children come away from this week's study with a gentle understanding of a distinct period of history. This week's explorations include projects such as drawing to music, hand-on science experiments, and Rembrandt's self portraiture. Some of our literary activities include writing with magnetic letters, a letter scavenger hunt, and dictionary races. Children use science experiments to explore the nature of the materials they use everyday.
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Children spend the week delving deeper into the idea of settling new land as they learn about America's westward expansion. The children will build and pack a covered wagon to explore the importance of the items pioneer families took with them. Children will play a variety of games that amused pioneer children along the trail. Children are introduced to photography as they build a pinhole camera. Panning for gold and the making of a map teach children about the California Gold Rush. Children finish the week with a broad understanding of the importance of the westward movement to American history.
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The Industrial Revolution
Throughout the week the children are introduced to the concepts surrounding the Industrial Revolution. Children become familiar with factory production by studying honeybees and their honeymaking process. Children will recognize that the Industrial Revolution changed the world helping it become what it is today. Children will explore the artistic work of the time period by studying the Impressionists. Watercolors and pastels will be used to create original "impressions" by the children. Children will enjoy the Gabes or gifts designed by Friedrich Froebal for use in his kindergartens. At the close of the week the children will appreciate the shift that occurred when factories opened their doors.
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Inventions and Discoveries
The children will spend the week learning about the inventions and discoveries of the late nineteenth century. The children will explore the attributes of sound while they discover the phonograph, telephone, and radio. Children will also build a skycraper with a curtain wall and wire their own simple circuit to light a lightbulb. The children will end the week with a greater appreciation of inventions.
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Money Past and Present
This week is centered around the concept of money. The children will spend the week learning about the nature of money and the way it influences our world. Children will perform experiments with coins. Children will learn about the handling of money as they purchase items at the open market throughout the week.
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Ideas Taking Flight
The children will be introduced to the idea of flight through this week's exploratios. The children will study birds to understand some to the basics of flying. Children will also become familar with the work of the Wright Brothers. They will examine planes and their ability to fly. The children will also launch rockets, fly kites, and blow cotton balls all in an effort to better understand air movement and flight. Children will be introduced to several materials to help with development of motor and prewriting skills while they learn about shapes and colors. The children will leave the week with a gentle understanding of man's work to achieve flight.
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The children adventure into the Outback this week.Through their explorations they will come to know about the cultural heritage of Australia. Children will investigate some of Australia's unique animals such as the kangaroo and koala. Children will create a pouch of their own and compare their jumping abilities to that of a kangaroo. Children will learn a few of the fundamental differences between mammals and reptiles. They will make reptile eggs and then wait for the reptiles inside to hatch. Children will experience Aborigine art and customs creative art experiences. Children will also discover the Great Barrier Reef and its amazing inhabitants. The week's adventures culminate with a miniature Moomba Festival celebrating the Australian culture.
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The World at Odds
This week will be sent becoming familiar with the complex topic of conflict. Children will make a connection between the conflicts they encounter with other children and the conflicts that occur in the larger world. Children will examine a few specific details of World War I. Homing pigeons and their role will be explored by the children as they reexamine the mysteries of flight. The job of the homing pigeon will also be examined by creating a carrier tube. Children will examine the work of World War I artists. The children will discover Cubism through the work of Pablo Picasso. A cubist portrait gives the children an opportunity to investigate cubism first hand. The children will write letters to military members practice writing skills and developing an appreciation for the job they do.
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A Worldly Affair
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All The Rage
The fifties were a time of black and white - when people knew what was expected of them. The children will explore some of the innocence and fun that make this time in history so distinct. The fifties were a time of fads. Teenagers were an influential part of society as they searched for ways of expressing themselves. Music and dance with the spread of mass communication became a huge entertainment industry. The children will be exposed to music from the fifties and hold their own "sock hop." They will try out some of the items that were popular fads during this decade such as poodle skirts, hula hoops, and silly putty. The children will love this trip back to the soda shop.
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Space and Freedom
The children will experience both space and freedom this week as they discover a few highlights from the 1960's. The children will perform experiments to broaden their understanding of comets and meteorites. They will also learn about the planets within our Solar System. Peace and love will be explored by creating hippie inspired projects. The children will create a piece of macrame as well as a strand of love beads. The children will appreciate the peaceful and brotherly love that was the goal of the hippie movement. Children will also learn about the music from this decade as they listen and dance to the British artists that invaded America. The children will delve into color while studying artists like Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. The children will leave the week with an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of ideas that made the sixties unique.
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The children are introduced to Computers this week. The children become familiar with computers both internally and externally. The children learn about the inside of a computer as they dissect a tower and use the parts to create a sculpture. The children will relate a computer program to a set of instructions such as a recipe. They will write programs for one another to perform as they learn about the nature of computers. A lesson in handwashing helps the children understand the affect of computer worms and viruses on "healthy computers." Internet safety is brought into focus with games and pretend play. Children finish the week with a greater appreciation for computer technology and how to safely use it.
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The children will spend the week delving into space exploration, energy conservation, seventies fads, and tornados. The children will learn about vertical and horizontal rocket launching and build their own rocket for pretend play. The children will use several experiments to understand the inner workings of tornadoes. Space walks and disco dancing will provide the children with a glimpse into this exciting decade. Art lessons will feature pop arts like Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Jasper Johns. The children will create their own pop artwork to showcase their new knowledge. The children will finish the week with a greater appreciation for the all things seventies from pet rocks and disco balls to volcanoes and space travel.
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Living on Another Planet
Operation: Save the Earth
The children will focus on conservation this week. After participating in the week's explorations the children will have a greater appreciation for the footprint we all leave on the earth. The children will discover topics such as pollution, global warming, the greenhouse effect, and recycling. Children will understand topics like the greenhouse effect by performing simple experiments. The children will explore earthwork sculptures by artists Robert Smithson as well as Christo and Jean Claude. They will create their own earthwork using handmake pinwheels. The children will become part of the pollution solution by recycle their waste, making paper, and adopting an acre of rainforest. The children will finish the week with an understanding of how fragile our earth is as well as our responsibility to care for it.
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An Animal's Planet
The children will spend the week learning about the endangered and threatened animal species that live around the world. The children will perform experiments to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of these animals and the habitats that they live in. The children will explore the senses that animals use to gain information about their world. The children will leave the week with a greater appreciation for the delicate balance between habitat and inhabitants that is necessary on planet earth.
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When I Grow Up
The children will spend this week learning about many different career choices. The children will perform a number of experiments from water testing to making invisible ink in order to experience different job possibilities. The children will finish the week with an appreciation for all the different career choices that are available as well as a greater appreciation for the necessity of each of these jobs.
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A Sleeping Dragon Awakes
The children will leave this week with a gentle understanding of modern China. The children will engage in explorations that introduce them to modern Chinese culture. The children will design a Giant Panda habitat as they learn about the needs of pandas and the importance of conservation in China and the world. The tastes of China will be explored during Food for Thought each day along with discussions about all things Chinese. Children will learn about a few of the exciting opportunities that today's Chinese enjoy that we take for granted such as owning a home. The children will plant rice, make a Chinese kite, make homemade mooncakes, and learn the difference between bathroom etiquette in the East and West. The children will truly appreciate the mystery and beauty of China.
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A Small, Small World
The children will come to appreciate the importance of the new millenium to the people across the globe. The children will participate in their own New Year's celebration while examining the different celebrations that occurred on December 31, 1999. The children finish the week by investigating the idea of peace. The children will think of resolutions that reflected what they want the world to be when they are grown up.