"Mad Scientists"

Our Primary Summer Session #3 is filled with "Mad Scientists"!

We have been doing so many fun experiments this summer session! Here are just a few that your children might have mentioned to you at home.


In this experiment we learned about chemical reactions!  We filled a dish with whole milk, then we added drops of food coloring to it. Next we took a q-tip with dish soap on it and touched it to our colorful milk to watch the reaction! The kids loved seeing the colors swirl!


In our Screaming Balloon experiment, we placed a penny and a hex nut in two separate balloons and observed what happened when we spun the balloon around! We loved listening to the "screaming" sound the hex nut made as it spun around inside the balloon, and enjoyed watching the penny silently spinning around too. The children keep asking to do this experiment again!
-Victoria

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Jogging for must! charities

UPDATE: We raised over $6500.00 for must! charities, Real Food for Real Children!
Great job!

Top runners from each class, along with Korey, present a check to Becky Gray and Scott Hawley form must! charities.
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Another successful Jog-A-Thon at Children’s House!
Students ran a total of 3,597 laps or 359.7 miles, to raise money for must! charities- Real Food for Real Children.
Parents, if you have not already done so, please help your child collect their donations from sponsors. If you need thank you receipts, you can download them here.
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joggers posing in front of play structure after the run

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Today in the Primary Class...

They searched for frosted leaves on the playground...
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and learned about bones...
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International Peace Day and Buddy Announcement!

Friday, September 20, we celebrated International Peace Day at Children's House! Each child painted a small banner and wrote what peace meant to them. We then strung them from the beams of our patio... so beautiful! IMG_8402
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At 11:00 all the children in the school met outside on the patio steps. We lit a candle and sang, "Light a Candle for Peace", a song written a few years ago by Shelley Murley, a Montessori teacher whom I met at a conference in New Orleans. It has become a Children’s House. favorite. We also sang "What a Wonderful World".

The next part of our ceremony was the most anticipated... the announcement of the 2013/14 Buddies!!  As each pair of Buddies was announced, they took each other's hand and found a place in the playground to go sit together and get to know each other. I went around taking the most adorable Buddy pictures ever!

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After about 20 minutes, the buddies went on a "trust walk", the younger buddy guiding their older buddy with their eyes closed. We met in a circle at the back of the lawn. Now we were ready for our first Buddy Team Challenge....to take our bodies and form a giant peace sign on the lawn! From there we formed a giant line and formed a tight spiral. The finale was to uncoil ourselves from the spiral and form a circle again....not an easy feat but we did it!!

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We ended by holding hands in our circle singing "Peace is the World Smiling". What a wonderful celebration and an inspiring group of children!
~Korey
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Cellists Visit Children's House

On Friday morning, the principal cellist, Nancy Nagano, from SLO Symphony, visited our school and gave us a beautiful and fun presentation. She was accompanied by guest cellist, Kyoko Sato, visiting from Japan. They presented their program to Primary, Kindergarten and Elementary students.




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"Music in Motion"

Our third session, for preschool, has been full of song...traditional children's songs, such as, "This Old Man," folk songs, such as, "I've Been Workin' on the Railroad," super silly songs, such as, "Shake your Sillies Out!", and lovely songs such as, "Make New Friends."


Students are singing, "I am a Fine Musician," while playing various percussion instruments such as rhythm sticks, triangles, sandpaper blocks, rain sticks, maracas, cymbals and bells.
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"Bean bag boogie!"
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They have been making some of their own instruments using macaroni.
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...drying the colored macaroni.
They used the dyed pasta to make percussion instruments with recycled bottles and yarn.
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The children made and decorated their own drums!
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"The Colorful World of Eric Carle"

Our primary, summer session #2, was filled with lots of exciting projects based on the books and art of Eric Carle.

Inspired by Eric Carle's, "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,"
the children experiment with color and texture.

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Making pancakes after reading Eric Carle’s book, “Pancakes, Pancakes.”
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...and pretzel making, inspired by Eric Carle's book, "Walter the Baker."
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Jog-A-Thon Donation Presented to North County Women's Shelter

Top runners from primary, kindergarten and lower elementary classrooms, along with Korey Dudley, Children’s House’ owner/director, presented a check for $6134.73 to Cathy Solkshinitz, from North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center. Students ran a total of 374 miles. We are so proud!
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Developing Independence with Montessori

From our first Parent Education Night:
What does “independent ownership” look like? In this video, “Layers of the Earth”, a level four student gives a lesson to the level three students. What you see is an independent level four (upper elementary) Montessorian who looked at a piece of candy and saw a physical geography concept. She envisioned a lesson and made it a reality. She prepared the materials and reviewed the concepts. And then she taught it to some children. No adult asked her to do this. She used her free time to prepare. For her, this was an extremely enjoyable activity and what she most enjoyed was the understanding that this was her lesson to give. And she had been doing this for three years in the lower elementary classroom too! ~Bill


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Hot Lava!

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This year at Children's House, we have divided our 98 “3 to 12 year old” students into four teams. Each team consists of children in Primary (preschool and Kindergarten), Lower El and Upper El. We will be getting the teams together at least once a month for dancing, singing and team building games.
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Last week we had our first team challenge... to move the primary children across the lawn using the elementary children as a bridge.
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The primary children could not touch the lawn (hot lava) so they had to stand on their teammates feet and get moved along the chain.
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Pictures speak a thousand words so enjoy these adorable shots. You can see the concentration and the absolute delight in their faces! By the way, after a half hour, they only got half way across the lawn, so next month we pick up where we left off! More pictures to come! ~Korey
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Valentine's Day and High Tea

This week, we celebrated Valentine’s Day at Children’s House.

On Tuesday, the upper elementary students served herbal tea, baked goods and fruit to the primary children...
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...and today, children in the early elementary were served by parent volunteers for the annual High Tea.
A grand time was had by all!
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One more thing...a strange phenomenon occurred over the weekend.
Korey and some of the teachers have been glazing ceramic pieces for the auction, with the children. Last Friday, Jennifer Wills covered up the palette of glazes they were using in her classroom so they would be fresh for use on Tuesday, when we all returned to school. When she came in on Valentine’s Day, the red glaze had dried as you see below...
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