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Miss Moddy’s Buddies – Episode #002

It’s Summer!  Miss Moddy and Alexa are hanging out at the Spark learning studio working on a project to stay cool during the warm summer months.

They talk about the Bower bird and learn how decorations help this little Critter Buddy find a mate.   

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Shark Week! – special episode

Hi Buddies! This week is Shark Week, so here’s a special episode all about Hammerhead Sharks.
To learn more about these cool critter buddies, you can visit National Geographics for Kids (With your parents’ permission, of course) or visit your local library and ask a librarian to show you where you can find books about sharks.

You can also check out Easy Peasy and Fun‘s blog to make your own shark puppet. Use it to teach friends and family everything you’re learning about sharks!

 

Happy Shark Week!

 

Hammerhead shark image by PhantomMiss
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Miss Moddy’s Buddies

Episode #001- The Pilot Podcast!

It’s the end of the school year! Miss Moddy and Alexa come up with plans for the summer and learn about how a family of beavers works together.  This inspires them to work together on a fun project you can make at home too!

 

How to build a HUGE Slip N Slide. Fun for ALL AGES!

 

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Squeeze-Pouch Cap Caterpillar

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You’re reading this blog post, which means you too have found squeeze-pouch caps between couch cushions, under beds, in random drawers and when vacuuming your car. You likely have container full of colorful squeeze-pouch caps that are ready for an up-cycle.

Level up those caps with this easy caterpillar project!

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6 Squeeze-pouch caps (one red, five green)

1 Pipe cleaner/ Chenille stick

googly eyes (optional)

Hot glue gun (to attach googly eyes)

 

 

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Fold the ends of the chenille stick

 

 

 

Step 2:

Starting from the bottom of your caterpillar, thread the chenille stick through the 5 green squeeze-pouch caps, saving the red squeeze-pouch cap for last.

 

Step 3:

Leave about an inch and a half of the chenille stick poking out of the red squeeze-pouch cap and go back to the bottom of your caterpillar. (This part is tricky for little hands) Bend your chenille stick so that the other end goes through the bottom of your caterpillar and thread this end up through all the squeeze-pouch caps.

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Step 4: 

You should have two “antennae” coming out of the red squeeze-pouch cap. Twist them together to hold all your squeeze-pouch caps together.

At this point your caterpillar is done!

Optional: 

You can use hot glue to add googly-eyes and “legs” to your caterpillar.

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You can also just draw eyes on your squeeze-pouch cap caterpillar with permanent marker, or you can leave your caterpillar as is and jump right into reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” with your little one.

Enjoy!

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Sacramento Area Homeschool and Independent Study programs

There are a lot of options when it comes to homeschooling your child and it’s easy to get lost in the sea of information. We have compiled a list of the charter schools in the Sacramento area that offer homeschool and independent study programs (not  in any particular order).   You can contact the school directly for more information, or schedule a consultation with us and find the program that’s right for you, your child, and your family’s lifestyle.

Visions in Education

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Choices Charter School

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Horizon Charter Schools
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C.O.R.E. Placer Charter School

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South Sutter Charter School

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Exploding Watermelon!

 

Watch our watermelon burst

 

This week in Spark we shook things up and went out with a bang!

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Ms. Jen took the lead in our Writer’s Workshop and introduced the kids to parts of speech focusing on Nouns with a game of “Bring me a ____”.

Then she taught the kids how to swap out tired boring words with “Juicy” synonyms, adding to our little’s vocabulary and strengthening our older boys’ writing ability.  The kids worked together to come up with new words for “happy” and “sad” to add to our list of Juicy Words.espanol

 

In Spanish class we reviewed our Spanish vowel sounds.  The kids then chose a Spanish name for themselves and we practiced simple introductions.  “Hola! Soy Marisol!” We also practiced conversation starters, asking “Como esta” and answering with “Bien”, “Mal” or “Mas o menos”.

img_0191Then came the moment we were all excited for!

We made predictions as to how many rubber bands it would take until the watermelon exploded, then headed outside to begin the experiment!

 

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We all took turns adding rubber bands and 232 rubber-bands later- Kapowee!

 

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Our first class

Our first day of SPARK was so much fun! We started the day establishing our working “Agreements” and discussed how these are different from rules. Rules are what not to do, Agreements we all agree to do. The kids decided we needed to Share, Be Kind, Help Out, Respect others and their things, and Have Fun.  agreesign

We silly-signed the agreements and even the parents joined in the fun! The kids got a kick out of that.  Some “partner-signed” while others chose to “Chicken wing” sign by putting a marker in the crook of their elbow.  The results were a bit scribbly, but still legible. And there’s no way they’ll forget that they signed!

After addressing some logistics (showing everyone where the bathroom is, where to put their lunch boxes etc.) we moved into the Spanish portion of our day with a simple greeting song “Buenos dias amigos”.

We introduced the Spanish vowel sounds. Using whole body learning, the kids stood up and belly laughed a “Ha-Ha-Ha” for the sound of an A.  The E made a “Heh-heh” laugh with limbs out in front but it quickly turned into a dab dance. Shy-giggle “I” with a hee-hee-hee, and Jolly old O with Ho-ho-ho. U didn’t laugh but was impressed by our jump rope skills instead. “oooooh!” Does a U look like a jump rope to you?

For our Writers Workshop, we made use of story starters. We took turns adding on to the story for thirty seconds each. Then the kids were split into three groups and another story starter was read. Teams had to reach a unanimous agreement on the path their story would take and work together to create a poster, which they then presented and explained. We have quite a creative crew!

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After lunch we read a couple of chapters of Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar, and then jumped into the science portion of our day by welcoming everybody to earth.

 

We discussed the difference between rotation and revolution and showed our comprehension by spinning in place for rotation and walking around the room for revolution. Then we made notes in our science notebooks and watched a short clip of Bill Nye the Science guy explaining how the earth’s tilt is the reason for the seasons.

fatags     Some silent reading time, then on to the Life Skills portion of the day where we discussed basic first aid. We went over the proper way to put a band aid on someone else. The kids practiced by putting them on Alexa’s “boo-boos”. At the end of our lesson, the kids were quizzed on how to handle emergency situations and they each earned their very first Brag Tag!

What a fun group of kids we have! Manners, cooperation, eagerness to learn… We are so impressed with this bunch, and can’t wait to see what they will accomplish together in the weeks to come!