Here at City Kids, science is a regular part of our week; kids are natural scientists, and they love learning about how the world around them works. This week, our kids learned the basics of computer programming. First, they learned a bit about how programming is a language; after, they worked with individual robots, programming them to perform specific tasks. Whether they are learning about the natural world in our regular taxonomy classes, walking through Rock Creek Park
Last week, we wrapped up our semester long exploration of textiles, during which our kids learned about and worked with textiles from different parts the world, including Asia and Africa. At the end of the week, they had the chance to experiment with painting and dying their own fabrics. We met at one of our parent's houses, who set up tables for painting and a large bucket for tie dying with indigo dye. Seriously, that was brave to invite the entire co-op over to paint an
Much of what we do in City Kids, including our City Kids Stories program, is built around our World Cultures & Geography program, the heart of City Kids Cooperative. We want our kids to grow up respecting, admiring, and maybe even loving the other cultures they learn about. We believe that you cannot just tell kids to feel these things--they have to be exposed to different cultures, religions, and perspectives in order to feel, intrinsically, respect, admiration, and love f
Today our kids learned a bit about what naturalists take with them when they go into parks to explore and observe, like measuring tools and magnifying glasses. On their walk through the woods with a local ranger, the kids spotted a barred owl, which was unusually calm around all of us gawkers. We learned that this particular owl likes to hang out around the nature center, and it will stalk pokey, a friendly turtle inside the nature center, through the window. The kids also
This week, our kids finished off their taxonomy session on reptiles! Each kid had a chance to present their research on the reptile of their choice. We had turtles, snakes, lizards, and more. These presentations are a great way for our kids to practice different skills, such as doing research, organizing their research, writing, presenting to a group, and listening to each other. The kids will often ask questions of each other after the presentations, showing that they ha
For City Kids' World Culture & Geography program, our families rotate planning lessons and activities; we dedicate time to each part of the world, and families can sign up for which units they want to lead. Kids and parents can talk about what they want to learn and teach about, and they get to share what they've learned with everyone else. Last week, for our unit on Africa, one of our families planned a lesson about Kente cloth and other textiles that come from West Africa.