- About CSCA
- Curriculum & Schedule
THREE CHEERS FOR THE PULLEY! Did your child tell you about the Divine timing of the Mobile Mini truck arriving to remove the unneeded Mobile Mini (“shed”) just after the kids finished a wonderful exploration of pulleys, levers, and other simple machines? The truck driver had never had an audience before, he stated, and surely not with such enthusiasm, ha ha! We loved seeing machines in action right after we spent time experimenting with them! Additionally, on the way to the library, we visited “Zip Line Park,” as the kids like to call it, the park by Taylor Ranch Library, so they had a new appreciation for how the zip line works! You can view pictures of the whole day on Shutterfly.
On Monday, we began our study of simple machines with a creative and cooperative activity where students were given random objects and used them to invent a kitchen tool. They had to work together to design and then present their creation to the class. This was a fun way to start to think about how we use tools to make our lives easier. On Thursday, Explora came to our class and the students got to learn about inclined planes, pulleys, levers, and more. It was a rich, hands-on experience where the students got to discover the purpose for some of the simple machines while having fun and working with a group.
On Thursday we watched a few short Olympic clips that were inspiring, athletes that overcame great odds to be there or that worked hard to develop a new way of improving themselves in their sport. The questions we asked the students were: What inspires you? What are your unique talents? This week we will continue this theme and these questions as part of the process for the students to brainstorm and list the service projects they are interested in this year. The students will think about and discuss these questions as we lead them to discover what they have to give to others. We are excited to see what passions and interests the students have and what ideas they will have for giving back to the community.
We are extremely pleased with UNM’s instruction process for swimming. The kids all easily got into the bath-tub-temperature water, around 90 degrees! The group was divided in half. One group of kids was with two instructors, while the other group had free play; then we rotated. Several kids admitted trying and learning things for the first time, a benefit that being part of group instruction (versus one-on-one) can lend. We had a blast!
Art and Music—
These classes began this week with ease. The kids were excited to see Ms. Mallory from NM School of Music again. She is going to offer music foundations this semester, including exposure to instruments from various cultures. Similarly, Ms. Melissa is our art instructor, and she is visiting cultures with the kids through art. This week, they “visited” Italy! Students will rotate between art and music each week, so if they did art this week, they will do music next week.
Intermediate class from Ms. Val
In Math this week we worked on assessments that will help me focus the upcoming lessons to meet students’ needs. We will start individual computation practice and place value lessons this week. The middle school students will be doing pre-algebra and algebra. We also had some time to create some tessalation designs and work with geoboards.
In Literacy we focused on the fiction and non-fiction genres, and how to find them in our classroom Library. We identified specific text features common in nonfiction text and learned the subgenres of each category. By the end of this week the students will need to find a biography or auto-biography for an upcoming written and oral report. Next week we will begin our vocabulary/word work. The 3-5 grade students will begin the Making Bigger Words lessons. These lessons teach students common spelling patterns, root words, pre-fixes and suffixes, and vocabulary. It is a fun, hands-on approach to word study. The middle school students will continue the word study we began last year- Words on the Vine. They learn the Latin and Greek word origins in our language and expand their vocabulary and word meaning strategies.
Coming This Week
-Science with simple machines
-Volunteers: Thank you Jessica Sisneros-Counts and Jessica Perez!
-(Everyday) Please bring backpack, snack, lunch, water bottle with name. Put sunscreen on your child for the park, or you can send it to school labeled with your child’s name to be applied before recess.
-Art and music instruction
-Volunteers: Thank you Marth, Audrey, Melissa and Diana!
-Bring booster, swimsuit, towel, flip-flops, and anything you child needs for swimming (goggles optional, floaties not needed). We will leave the school around 1:15 pm, and we will return by 3:45. We will follow the same pick-up schedule as last week, unless we are otherwise notified.
-Volunteers: Ernesto or Tatyana, thank you! April, Marc A. and Jessica P., thank you!
-Bring show and tell
-Tinkertown and Sandia Mountains:
-Bring booster, (cold) picnic lunch and snacks, 2 water bottles, wear school t-shirt, light jacket, covered walking shoes, pants that cover knees are recommended, sunscreen/hat if desired, and quarters for Tinkertown machines.
-Volunteers: Audrey, Jovon, Nissa, Fernande, and Jessica Sisneros-Counts, thank you!
Here are a few upcoming announcements and reminders for your convenience:
Field Trips at a Glance–
PE Wed Swimming at UNM Therapy Pool on Wednesdays: Aug 17, 24, 31, and Sept 7
(Chaperones: Marc A., Tatyana, April and Jessica P.)
PE Wed Little Gym PE dates TBA
Aug 25 Tinkertown in the Sandia Mountains, students bring quarters for
(Chaperones: Audrey, Jovon, Nissa, Fernande)
Sept 1 Service Project and Problem Solving at school: Parks/Rec Walk This Way safety presentation,
followed by bike safety with 3rd+ and stranger danger role playing with all students; library tentative
Sept 8 NM School of Music; library
(Chaperones: Audrey, Fernande; Marc A. is back up)
Sept 15 State Fair (We decided chaperones will not be taking kids on rides, as there are so
many other things we plan to do at the fair, but parents may take their own children on rides.)
(Chaperones: Audrey, Marc A, Mari, Mark S, Marianne, Jessica/David, Jessica P.)
Sept 22 Explora
(Chaperones: Audrey, Fernande)
Sept 29 Santa Fe Children’s Museum for engineering
(Chaperones: Audrey, Nissa, April, Jessica P., Fernande, Jessica Sisneros-Counts)
Oct 6-13 No field trips due to Fall Break
Oct 20 Service Project/Problem Solving, library
(Audrey, Mari, Jessica P.)
Oct 27 Pumpkin Patch
(Audrey, Jovon, Linda, Fernande, Marc A., Marianne, Jessica and David, Jessica P.)
Nov 3 National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
(Chaperones: Audrey, Fernande, Back-up: Marc)
Nov 10 We are visiting a farm! Library
(Chaperones: Audrey, Nissa, Fernande, Jessica P.)
Nov 14 12:15 Popejoy show-Dr. Kaboom: Live Wire (Chaperones: we have space for first 3 that tell me they would like to attend.)
Nov 17 Problem Solving and/or service project in-class; 12:30 Pocahontas show at Kimo Theater
(Chaperones: Audrey, Mari, Marianne, Jessica P.)
Nov 24 Thanksgiving break
Dec 1 Fall Out or Kid’s Gym (class will vote), library
(Chaperones: Marc A., Marianne, Jessica Sisneros-Counts)
Dec 8 Problem Solving, library
(Chaperones: Audrey, Mari, Marc, Jessica P., Marianne)
Dec 15 Service Project w/(Cuidando Los Ninos wrapping), library, Winter
(Chaperones: Audrey, Linda, Jessica P.)
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