Valentines Day 

My heart is feeling so full after the class shared their Valentines Day appreciation gifts.   Not only were the cards filled with thoughtful and kind appreciations, but the gifts showed how much time, effort and thought went into creating a perfect gift for a special someone. 

I hope each learner was filled with as much happiness as I am. 

Happy Valentines Day!

Hidden Villa Presentation

In preparation for our upcoming field trip, we had a presentation from our naturalist Nicolette from Hidden Villa. Hidden Villa is non profit organic farm located in Los Altos Hills. Our program focus is environmental education. We learned about how soil and compost are essential to our agriculture and survival. Ask your learner to explain how poop is the most important ingredient in making a strawberry milkshake!! Thanks to our parent volunteers we had stations where we learned about some interesting information that we can observe at Hidden Villa. You can ask your learner to tell the story of how our land had changed from the days of Native Californians to today and what their thoughts about what the future holds. You can also ask them to explain to you how we use the parts of cows in things you would never expect like balloons, gummy bears and glue. Finally have them tell you the story of seeds, how plant adaptions help them disperse their seeds in the environment. 

YSI Field Trip 

The YSI Ohlone program offers a chance for learners to engage in hands on activities to study the local Native American Groups. We went on a hike through the forest the Ohlones called home. We also went to stations to learn about Native American food and preparation, discussed and demonstrated using different tools, and learned how the Ohlones used natural resources like Tule in their everyday life. 

A big thanks to our drivers/chaperones for volunteering on this field trip and for taking photos we can all share. 

Counting Collections 

We began this year in math by counting collections. Some started using systems to keep track of counted/uncounted objects. Others sorted and classified the objects before determining how many there were. Some made piles of 5, 10, or 25 because it was easier to count the large quantity by breaking them into doable groups. Some grouped their piles of 10 into rows, or groups of 100. A few learners decided to record their math thinking in order to keep track of how many they had counted. Here are some of the important lessons that are beginning to emerge authentically as learners count:

• Mathematicians count

• Mathematicians organize

• There is more than one way to organize a collection

• Mathematicians record

• Mathematicians record in ways that match the way they’ve organized their collection