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Wildwood newsletter Week 13: 12/2/2018

“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” ~ George Dorsey

ANNOUNCEMENTS for the week of 12/3:

  • Please bring in all coffee forms and checks tomorrow (Monday Dec. 3)…they are due to the Campbells at pick-up!
  • We also need small glass jars with lids for a craft activity…please send in as many as you have…thanks!
  • Please let us know if you have any ideas for holiday gift crafts we can do at Wildwood this week and next…we’ll have stations set up and hope to have lots of options for the kids.
  • We would love to plan a Games Night for January, and it would be  huge help to us if a parent volunteered to set this up! Let us know if you can!
  • We will be contacting everyone soon about scheduling a parent/child/facilitator meeting either before the winter break or right after…to talk together and reflect on each child’s experience over the first few months of Wildwood, as well as ideas for future plans/goals.

COMING UP:

Monday, December 3:

  • Photography class
  • Coffee Fundraiser order forms/checks due at pick-up!

Tuesday, December 4: Small group visit to volunteer at Hunger and Health Coalition

Thursday, December 6: Lisa Greene will be leading us in a series of creativity challenges from “Destination Imagination”

December 11: Small group visit to volunteer at Hunger and Health Coalition

December 13: Last Day of Wildwood before Winter Break

Hello everyone,

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the community meeting this afternoon! We appreciate all your feedback and support and community spirit! We’ll send out some notes and next steps info from the meeting on email soon.

It was a chilly and wet week, but was inside was full of fun and creative energy…scroll down to the photos to see some of the things we were up to!

Monday was a quiet, rainy day filled with LEGO creations, SPIT card games, Sequence, and creative comic ideas. We were intrigued to learn about the Mars InSight Mission that was touching down on the surface of Mars that afternoon.  We explored Youcubed math challenges (highly recommend checking out Youcubed.org if you are interested in learning how to foster mathematical thinking in an interesting and fun way). One student began researching another student-led presentation on mass extinctions. We had Change-up meeting where we planned a gift making lab for the holidays, and discussed how to make requests of others when they’re doing something that bothers us. Several kids worked on their comic books that we’re making in writing workshop, and there was more hula hoop making and decorating and lots of spontaneous game playing.

We kicked Tuesday off with a group game of Hide the chicken (aka beaver fever). Julie came from ASU to deliver the finished products of pencil cases some of us have been sewing and brought a really fun astronomy lesson where we learned about the solar system and invented our own planets. We continued Science Jam with Alyssa where we’re discussing how cells are formed and what makes them up (hint hint it’s organelles). Lots of spit tournaments (card game), and our Culture Committee met to discuss how we want to speak to each other when we’re frustrated. We came up with a really cool plan and members of the culture committee are going to be teaching other community members the new practice. Tuesday afternoon, a group of folks went to the Humane Society to continue our ongoing service project with them. We made stockings for the animals for their annual Santa Paws open house. The few kids that didn’t go played many group rounds of Spoons and did some math activities. Math workshops are requested every day now, and we are having fun relearning math in a positive and deep way with the kids.

Thursday we spent the majority of the day continuously preparing cookies for the Humane Society Santa Paws event. There was various stages of dough prepping, cookie cutting, baking, decorating, and of course, tasting! Many kids took breaks to attend different offerings. In zoology we finished up our talk on Sponges and learned all about their feeding ecology (both as prey and predator). Kids worked hard to finalize details of their comics for writing workshop, including character details, perfecting illustrations, and adding new ideas to their plots.

We are excited to welcome two new children for the next 2 weeks, who are visiting Wildwood…Bodhi(10) and Inara (7). Their parents are Marie and Matt Parker…please help them feel welcome!

Warmly,

Alyssa

 

Wildwood 2018-19 Calendar:

Dec. 13       Last Day before Winter Break
Jan. 7          First Day back after Winter Break
Jan. 21        Holiday (MLK Jr. Day)
March 4-5   Wildwood Closed
April 22-25 Spring Break
May 21        Last Day of Wildwood

Some of the Offerings and Moments that happened the past week… Click here to see more pictures! 

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Pattern Pie math activity: What is the fewest number of squares you can put in an 11×13 rectangle and cover all the space in the rectangle?

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Change- Up Meeting: how to make requests of people doing things that bother us (in kinder ways), and plans for holiday gift lab

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Researching mass extinctions and an intense game of Sequence

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Self reliance demonstrated via excellent hot-dog cooking skills!

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Lego explosion

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Imaginative drawing on the whiteboard with friends

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Youcubed math — finding patterns in numbers represented visually as groupings of dots

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Brain scramble!

Image may contain: one or more people and people sittingI love all of the moments we catch of kids helping one another in our community… Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, table and indoor

…Wildwood is definitely a place where true collaboration is encouraged

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Ray taught us all about the Mars InSight Mission

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Learning about the 7 minutes of terror as the rover enters the atmosphere and lands (which we witnessed later — so fun to watch the NASA scientists celebrating)!

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This is our new process for solving interpersonal conflicts–created by both kids and facilitators in our Culture Committee. If conflicts aren’t resolved by talking 1:1 or with a small group of helpers, people bring the issue to the larger Culture Committee for help. Culture Committee helps hold a positive culture at WW by helping with these conflicts AND noticing and brainstorming community-wide issues that need more of a discussion than is possible in a Change-Up meeting. 

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Culture Committee kids’ ideas of what we want less of and more of in our communication at Wildwood.

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Making stockings for the Humane Society

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Xander loves when we visit!

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Science Jam was all about cells and their organelles

No automatic alt text available.Model of a plant cell with each organelle represented
Image may contain: 1 personThank you to Julie for teaching us about planets!
Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeupKids had fun making their own planets and thinking about things like how many moons it might have, what elements it may be comprised of and so many more details!
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Lots of effort went to making comics this week, it’s really fun to see everybody’s creative ideas.

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It’s equally as fun to hear other people’s stories and experience their comics

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Let the baking begin!

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Almost every single person helped us make and decorate cookies on Thursday, thank you!

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Lots of dexterity is needed to wield those piping bags!

 

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Developing all sorts of fine motor skills while decorating cookies for the Humane Society

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Creating coordinate graphs with emojis, ice cream flavors, and animals
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More coordinate graph making, as a team

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SPIT-a-thon…we can’t get enough of this game. If you like fast paced, heart-race inducing card games, ask your nearest Wildwood kid how to play!

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