Monday, April 15, 2013

Co-op Update: Monday April 15, 2013

Lovely weather today so we took advantage and the kids had a fair bit of free time outside. We have to grab it before it turns bad again!

To get into the 'Medieval' mood the kids started the day by building the playmobil castle.

After the castle building, the older two worked on their own while the rest continued with their Ted Harrison inspired art project.  See examples of Ted Harrison art below.


Their art had to:
  • be a landscape
  • have organic lines
  • have divisions of colour
  • create flow
  • bright colours
This was a mixed media project. The kids used oil pastel (but could have also used crayons) for their outlines to not only create some contrast but to also divide the colour blocks.


After some time outside we started our Medieval Studies unit. We worked on a KWL chart; filling in what we KNOW, and what we WANT to learn. The kids are quite excited and are eager to build some castles and weaponry. We'll have to see what we can come up with!

We began our book study, "The False Prince." We made predictions based on the cover image and text as well as the description on the back. Most kids took turns reading and has we read we discussion and talked about unfamiliar words and guessed their meaning based on the context. For next co-op (in two weeks), they need to have read ch. 4-6. For anyone who missed out on today, feel free to pick up a book at your library and catch up at home (ch 1-6).

After lunch we did a brief study of probability. The kids had to calculate the number of outcomes for:

  • a Twister spinner (easy)
  • a dice (easy)
  • two dice (getting harder)
  • coloured cubes in a bag (3 blue, one yellow, one black, 2 orange, 2 red, one green)
  • 2 stacks on uno cards (2 colours, numbers 0-9) - really hard!
Terms we discussed:
  • possible outcomes
  • equally likely outcomes
  • unlikely outcomes
  • probability

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