As part of our unit on the Caribbean, City Kids had a lesson in Steel Pan Drumming! We have focused a lot on music this year, incorporating it into our World Cultures and Arts Exploration units. Steel Pan Drumming is a beautiful and complex discipline, and we are so glad our kids enjoyed learning about it!
For our latest mindfulness project, one of our parents read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? with our kids. It's a book that provokes thoughtful self reflection about whether we are filling someone's bucket (their stores of happiness) by being kind or whether we are emptying their buckets by being unkind. The kids really loved the concept, and a sweet round of "I love you" and hugging ensued. At City Kids, our mindfulness project is a way for us to encourage the kids to thin
Our Kids are learning to play berimbaus, a traditional instrument used in Capoeira. Today, they had the chance to learn how to make them. It took almost two hours, and the kids were dedicated to the process! Our littlest Berimbau builder, who is turning out to be quite the capoeriaista!
In our writing class today, the kids focused on poetry. They covered several authors, including Shel Silverstein and Langston Hughes; following, they wrote their own poems and shared with each other. Poetry is a great way to get kids writing and thinking about how words mean, not just what they mean.
A cardiologist gave City Kids a fabulous lesson about the human body. They learned about the different functions of our organs, and they even got to hold organs that had been specially treated to be handled. The kids also learned a bit about oddities in medicine; the kids were intrigued by enlarged, amputated limbs, and surgical procedures during the civil war. We might have some budding doctors in our midst!
As part of our unit on the Caribbean, our students had a lesson about Jamaica. We discussed geography, cultures, food, the Rastafari religion, Reggae, and Anansi Stories. After participating in an oral storytelling of how Anansi stories came to be called Anansi stories, the kids came up with and presented their own Anansi stories, highlighting the role of the trickster! We were also lucky that the weather was unusually warm, and we took our supplies and did our lesson in t
This is a shout out to our fabulous writing teacher, Michael Smith, who introduced the kids to writing dialogue for their stories. Michael is always patient, thoughtful, encouraging, and creative. We are so lucky to have him!
Recently, our kids met with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton! The Congresswoman was generous with her time and kind to our young bunch. The kids had questions prepared for her about government, and she graciously answered all the questions that came her way. It was a super exchange and a great opportunity for our kids. Thanks, Congresswoman Norton! Following our visit with the Congresswoman, the kids were allowed to explore a committee room that one of our parent's gra
This week our kids learned about some of the differences between the small rocky planets and the gas giants in our solar system. They also learned about individual characteristics of our rocky worlds, habitable zones, water, and the possibility of scientists finding a ninth planet in our solar system! Sorry, Pluto, that's not you. :)