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October 2019

Week 9

We completed our cartography quest this week and will be going hiking to Guinea Pond in the Sandwich Wilderness. The Eagles earned this by completing a World Fact Book during quest time learning about different countries on all 6 populated continents (Antarctica does not have its own countries). Each day they completed a World Fact Book page they received a clue that they used to guess where the adventure location was. The last clue was the GPS coordinates to a GeoCache! During the quest the Eagles also drew their own continent maps.
 
This week during music we started to learn to play the harmonica! Each Eagle will have their own to use when we are at the Music Clinic and we will see what interesting and fun songs we will learn. We also learned to play songs on the piano and each Eagle gave a "mini concert" playing their choice of 4 songs we have learned, everyone did a nice job!
 
We had great discussions this week about having a growth mindset and the language that you need to use for encouragement. We also discussed forgiveness during civilizations, the choice of living under a dictator vs. fighting for freedom, and what it looks like to respect the studio and materials.
 
This week during art we did some watercolor painting. First they drew on the paper with white crayons then put water color over the crayon marks. They also sprinkled salt on the pictures for a neat textured appearance.
 
During gym we did more calisthenics. We are working on growing our strength by keeping track of how many crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, and squat jumps we do each session. We also worked on our skill based fitness by working on balancing in different positions, jumping rope, keeping up a balloon with a pool noodle, rolling around sit scooters, and hula hooping. All the Eagles really gave their best effort and were all smiles during PE.
 
 

Week 8

This week we explored Africa, South America, and Europe in our cartography quest. The Eagles continue to earn clues that will lead them to figuring out where the Adventure trip will be at the end of the quest (Oct. 25).
 
At PE this week we played some very fun games. My personal favorite was monster ball! The eagles also practiced some boxing at the gym. At music we wrote our own song! I believe we have a copy at the studio if anyone would like to hear it.
 
We had another "Mindfulness Wednesday" where the Eagles were lead through a calming breathing exercise before starting their core skills.
 
We all had a ton of fun carving pumpkins for the NH Pumpkin Festival. Look for Ms. Mary, Mr. TJ and Mr. Paul at the New Hampshire Pumpkin Fest on Saturday with a booth from 12-5pm on Canal Street. We are going to have challenging games with prizes and we hope to see you there!
 
Thank you to all the parents who joined us for coffee and a launch on Friday morning. We had a great discussion about "What is Grit?" The eagles spent the rest of the day showing just how Gritty they can be.
 
This week we have spent a lot of time on core skills and the Eagles have been working hard.This afternoon we had our VERY FIRST Badge Ceremony!!
 

Week 7

It is the first week in our Second Session. This session we have 2 quests. One at the beginning and one in the second half. The first quest is all about maps, cartography, and geography. We have been creating maps and building information about the world surrounding us. This project will happen for the first three weeks. After this we will move into Acton Athens where we learn about ancient Greece.
 
We have introduced two new activities in our schedule this session. One is Writers Workshop in which we have a different theme each session. Our first theme is Poetry. The Eagles have had to define poetry, list different types and write their own metaphors. Next we will go through the writing process of Prewriting, Revising, Drafting, Editing, and finally Publishing.
 
The second new activity is Civilizations. This is a time when the Eagles hear The Story of the World through the eyes of people in different civilizations throughout history. This week they learned about hunter gatherers and nomadic people that lived hundreds of thousands of years ago.
 
On Wednesday we learned about mindfulness. The Eagles were lead through a breathing exercise and really relaxed for the 5 minute meditation. Everyone loved it! We will be having "Mindfulness Wednesdays" from now on and we will add a breathing exercise recording to the Peace Bench for when our Eagles need to reflect on their actions and calm down.
 
This week at music we learned about the inner workings of a piano. As well as the difference between quarter, half, and whole notes. At Art this week we spent the hour working on maps of our own "dream" islands in the shape of the first letter of our name. After art we went to our first day at the Downtown Gym. At the gym we did our own pentathlon. Running, High jump, Javelin (with pool noodles), discus (with a Frisbee), and boxing (with heavy bags).
 
Today's launch was on Values. The Eagles learned that every person had a set of inner core values that guide their actions and decisions. As individuals, we all have different values and different rankings for our values. The Eagles all wrote down 10 of their own "core values" and we showed them how to think before making a decision "Does this align with my values?" Interestingly, every single one of us had Fun and Adventure on the list!
 
 

Week 6

The last week of our first session is coming to an end. We have had many great adventures along the way and have grown as a tribe and as individuals.
 
This week saw the completion of our tree house project. The Eagles have been very excited about eating snack, lunch, and playing all sorts of games in the tree house. Also for those who may have missed them at the Exhibition, the eagles also made two bird houses that were decorated. One will be used in the school yard to try and attract birds the other will be donated to a charity auction.
 
We enjoyed music on Tuesday with Ms. Karen and were able to play many instruments with a "low deep" sound, including the bass violin, bass guitar, baritone tuba, and harp. We also had a mini concert on the pianos with all the Eagles playing different notes together and one Eagle being the "conductor".
 
During Art with Ms. Sanni the Eagles came really close to finishing their snail projects. 
 
We spent some time at Ahern State Park on Thursday after we had completed exhibition preparation. There was a small section of brook where many frogs lived and most of them were caught.
 
The week culminated in the Exhibition of Learning where the Eagles showcased what they were learning to their families. We had an excellent turnout and appreciate all those that attended. The Eagles worked hard to prepare for the Exhibition and were excited to show everything off! The Eagles solemness during the Contract signing ceremony shows how much they are taking ownership of the studio. 
 
Thank you all for your support through this first session of our Hero's Journey. We have been Called to Adventure and Entered the Unknown, a place of challenges. We have Met with Mentors and found Allies and Helpers. Next is our Road of Trials. The place where we find what we are truly made of. The Eagles will meet their challenges head on as we head into Session 2.
 
 
 
 

Week 4

This week has been filled with adventure and exciting challenges for our Eagles.
 
We began the process of building the tree house with a successful trip to Lowes for the materials. The Eagles had a list and found all the lumber and materials themselves and loaded it into the carts. Some members of the AANH community joined us to help build on Friday. A big thank you to those of you who were able to take time off of work to help out with the project. We are looking forward to finishing the tree house sometime next week.
 
As we progress in the tree house project we will be working on it Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, each day from 12-2pm. 
 
During music this week we learned a song called hot dog buns. Some Eagles chose to bring their sheet music home with them so you may have already seen it. Music was quite fun this week practicing scales on the piano, playing drums and everyone having a turn with a violin! During art we finished painting our clay sculptures that we worked on last week and they will be heading home shortly with the Eagles.
 
The hike on Thursday was a good one. We spent the day exploring the area around Locke's Hill. We found only one salamander this week! Though we did discover a GeoCache thanks to one of our Eagles. We also found a couple animal bones on the trail which were intriguing to look at. We explored the former quarry pit that was used to build Kimball Castle in Gilford. The Eagles enjoyed throwing rocks in the quarry pool and exploring around on the stone steps.
 
We introduced Rules of Engagement this week, which are the rules of circle time and discussions. So far the Eagles have come up with 4 important behavior expectations during circle. We also have continued adding elements to our draft of the Studio Contract. We worked more on SMART goals, setting our first goals a few days this week during Core Skills. Next week we will be introducing Badges!
 
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