We are having a great start here!
Our family took a nice, long break from homeschooling, as well as our gifted program. I also took a break from blogging over the holidays and am glad that I did, as we all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with our family & friends.
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(If you read through our Top Five List and something sounds interesting
1. Skype Projects including #MysterySkype (via @SkypeClassroom @Skype )
We did our first Mystery Skype with Mrs. Glawe's class from South Carolina.
It was a fun time to get to learn about them and to play Mystery Skype.
We are getting excited to work with other teachers and students, including:
Mr. Shalon's Class
Mr. Williams' Class
Ms. Siegel's Class
Mrs. Hokaj's Class
Ms. Case's Class
Hopefully Mr. Emerich's Class
Hopefully Ms. McConnell's Class
Hopefully Coach Pond's Class
Hopefully Ms. Kara's Students at Anderson's Artists
Hopefully, Ms. Honey's homeschool family
Hopefully, other homeschool families and other schools too...
Picasso / Dali / Dali / Picasso Exhibit that is currently on display at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Uncle Brian, Big Bro, Little Bro, and I went to check out this exhibit and it was fantastic! We plan to collaborate with some schools and homeschools doing various art and S.T.E.A.M. projects that tie in with this exhibit.
Our boys have never had the opportunity to try out skiing or snowboarding, so we are planning on fitting in a family ski and snowboard trip with them this winter.
While playing in the snow might not sound educational to some, it will be for us! We plan to do a variety of snow based and cold weather based science experiments, as this is not something that we normally ever get to experience here in Florida.
We plan to have Big Bro and Little Bro try downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tubing, and building a snowman out in Park City, Utah. Maybe even a snowball fight or two as well! We are so blessed to have gotten to connect with #SkiMoms through social media. They have been a wealth of information...so much so that I added a Ski Family Fun Pinterest board to my boards.
While we are taking in the snow, we also will be taking in the Sundance Film Festival, so we hope to have some hands on learning related to film-making and social media related to the film industry.
4. Additional Robotics Offerings
Adding to our STEM experiences for this semester, we will be expanding our LEGO Education offerings, including both LEGO EV3 Mindstorms and LEGO EV3 Space Challenge.
We are following a variety of NASA people on social media and hope to interact with them.
We are expanding what we do with respect to LEGO Education by using Lego StoryStarter in conjunction with Skype.
Sphero Robotics by GoSphero
We also are doing Sphero Robotics by GoSphero this semester! Yay!
Big Bro got a Sphero and some accessories. After purchasing it, we have been able to connect with other schools that utilize Sphero as part of STEM. We plan to collaborate with others on this as well.
#DiversityChat & Online Book Club:
Our first book discussion will be on African-American Males in Prek-12 Schools: Informing Research, Policy, and Practices) by Dr. James L. Moore III and Dr. Chance W. Lewis.
Educators from every school environment could learn so much by reading this well organized, insightful, and interesting book. It is one of my favorite books related to education in recent years, as it sheds light on so many things and gives me so much to reflect upon as I work with students.
We will be exploring Native-American, Asian-American, and Latino books that are meant to inspire and inform educators after we explore our first book selection. I plan to make up a schedule and to have specific Pinterest boards, but for now, here is the link my board entitled Diversity.
Multicultural Children's Book Day:
For Multicultural Children's Picture Book Day on January 27th, we are thrilled to get to participate! We have are collaborating with others, including the two organizers, Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom. We have been sent a review copy of Double Dutch Dolls Series - Double Dare by Kelie Charles. For this special day, we will be sharing our experiences with this book, along with some neat learning extension activities that tie in with it. We also plan to collaborate on projects that tie in with Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
Trying to learn more about others is what we strive to do at Sunrise Learning Lab™, as we hope that our sons and our students grow in having a better understanding of the world and its people.
Finally, related to diversity and in honor of African-American History Month, we are super excited about being involved in an upcoming special Disney Youth event:
Disney Student Seminars will proudly present Khalil Kinsey of The Kinsey Collection for a special presentation honoring African American History Month. In this program, students will learn about the contributions of African-Americans to American History and be inspired to appreciate their own heritage and our country’s past!
So what is Your Top Five for 2015?
Would love to hear what you are excited about for the new year!