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Week 35


Our Quest this week has been working on our gardens. We have been designing a garden and getting it ready to be planted. So far the Eagles' gardens sound like they are going to be beautiful. I look forward to the beautiful flowers and the delicious veggies that will be coming along!
In My Nature Journal this week we spent our time looking for homes of animals and learning about plants. On Thursday the Eagles found the names for a specific plant. The Eagles have been finding really interesting animals and plants to record in their description pages.
In Music class, we had a smaller class than usual and still had lots of fun. Playing harmonica, and recorder. We also spent some time playing virtual pianos.
On Wednesday we launched by playing Pictionary. If you are looking for a fun way to connect with people who you have to talk to remotely that might be a great plan. We had a lot of fun creating drawings that others had to guess what they were
In Kindness Class this week Ms. Anna talked about the people in the community who help us and keep us safe and healthy. They discussed how and when to say "thank you" to people. We also talked about how we are different and the same as others and how we all want peace.
On Friday we celebrated and awarded 3 Milestones toward Badges that have been earned from our hard-working Eagles!!
Here is a link to Laura's blog about Harnessing the Heroic


Week 34

This week we started our Gardening Quest! We are experimenting to better understand plants and how they execute life functions like eating, breathing, and growing. We are exploring this through targeted experiments like coloring carnations, showing how capillary action draws water up plants. 
During music this week we kept working with harmonicas and learned some new songs. The Eagles are showing their progress in music. We also spent time drumming and the Eagles were being very creative with how to make a beat!
A lot of effort went into the art that was done during Art With Larry this week and the Eagles created some great pieces.
In Kindness Class this week Ms Anna talked with the Eagles about how movement can help us calm our emotions. We also talked about Gratitude and how it feels on the inside and how our bodies are able to do many things so we need to take care of our bodies. This includes eating well and being mindful about our meals. They talked about eating slowly with "all the senses".
We also had an opportunity to play Pictionary during one of our morning launches and it was super fun for everyone!
Here is a link to Laura's parent blog with a new strategy for helping your children learn from home.

Week 33

Thank you to everyone who joined our E-ship Exhibition! The Eagles were excited to share their musical accomplishments and their businesses and booths that they created during the Entrepreneurship Quest.
This week we finished Civilizations for the year with the fall of Rome. The Eagle's insight into the end of the Roman Empire was fascinating. especially regarding the last emperor and his age.
We had a discussion launch this week on Mother's Day and it's history. If you have the time it is quite fascinating to learn about. The Eagles may have some interesting things to say about it.
Ms. Mary delivered the Eagle's musical instruments to their houses this week. Music was extra fun having our harmonica's and recorders to play. The Eagles are showing growth in their musical skills, as evidenced during the Exhibition.
We finished the E-ship quest and The story of My Life Creator's Workshop this week. I appreciate all of the hard work that was put in by the Eagles and those that supported them.
We hope you have a joyous Mother's Day weekend!
Here are the links to Laura's final 2 blogs about being Socratic at home: Step 3 and Final Steps

Week 32

This week during Entrepreneur quest time we have been focusing on our ability to sell. Creating sales pitches and practicing them. This has been helping us get ready for the Children's Business Fair and for the exhibition. which is coming up soon. We will be "selling" our products and seeing if we are able to be competitive in the market.
We had a morning launch discussion on diversifying our core skills. We talked about how, even if our jobs are primarily about our ability to do math, that being able to communicate in writing and to know how to read is still important.
In Civilizations, we started in on the fall of Rome. Talking about The Emperor Nero and the splitting of the empire into east and west.
In Music, this was Miss Karen's week off so Mr. TJ took over and worked on rhythms and some piano work.
For art, we are still joining Art To You class with Larry Frates.
We had a grand finale on Friday when Mr TJ and Ms. Mary revealed the new addition to the playground at the Studio!! The Eagles are super excited to use the new play structure, especially since town playgrounds are currently closed. You can see a video tour of the new playground on our facebook page!
Here is a link to Laura's blogs on a deep dive into being Socratic at home Step 2 and Step 3.

Week 31

In the Entrepreneurship Quest this week the Eagles have been working on their businesses. They worked on the unit economics of their business and how much profit they can make. They stepped into the role of the boss and began to think about how many employees they could have and how much they could spend to keep them working. We also looked at how competition affects us in our businesses.
During Civilizations this week we discussed the early days of Christianity and the end of the kingdom of the Israelites. For Christianity, like Buddhism, we focused on the most formative teachings of Jesus Christ and what happened to his followers after his death. On Thursday we talked about how the Jewish nation ended under Rome and their treatment by many of the powers in the area and the effects that had on them.
In Creators Workshop we kept working on the story of our lives. We discussed how our experiences like the ones we are writing/drawing/singing about shape who we are as a person. We also talked about how different forms of art can be used to create positive feelings and even bring about peace.
For Art, we are continuing with Art To You with Larry Frates. The Eagles seem to really enjoy the classes.
In Music class we had a bit of a rough time getting going. Then, once we knew what we were doing, we had a great time playing digital instruments and working on our rhythms on an electric drum kit!
We had a great morning circle discussion on the difference between effort and trying. The Eagles showed just how insightful they can be. Recognizing that putting in effort means that you worked hard to accomplish a goal and a try was an attempt but said nothing about how hard you worked.
Kindness class has continued with Ms. Anna. The Eagles explored how emotions and thoughts can keep our minds busy and focusing attention can make our minds calm. We also talked about how sometimes we need to wait to do something but then we feel good when we get our turn. The Eagles practiced saying "I'm waiting" and feeling calm about that with the knowledge that they will feel good when they get their turn.
We had a really great parent meeting on Thursday - thank you to everyone for your engagement!
Here is a link to Laura's Blog, a deep dive into Step 1 on how to be more Socratic at home.

Week 30

This week has been a flurry of online activity. Civilizations this week focused on Julius Ceaser and Rome ending with the rise of Octavius to the position of "First Citizen" and the title of Augustus Ceaser. The Eagles shared some excellent thoughts on the right of succession and earning respect.
The overarching question we are trying to answer this session is about how we adapt to change. The insight the Eagles have been sharing in launches has been invaluable. If you are struggling to deal with big changes the Eagles are a great resource for inspiration and motivation!
This week we started our Session 6 Quest themed Entrepreneurship. The purpose of the E-ship Quest is to equip the Eagles with skills, tools, and frameworks needed to start a business. This quest has three main goals for Eagles: To learn more about themselves and what they love, to learn as much about entrepreneurship as possible, and to create a business to present at the Exhibition.
This week the Eagles created their businesses, identified products they would like to make, and worked on their logos. They have been working to identify why they would want to run their own business. If all goes as planned (and the world is back to normal this summer!), the Eagles will have a chance to sell their products to the public at the 3rd Annual NH Children's Business Fair on August 8th. Last year we had 27 children-run businesses and over 200 people from the public came to shop!
We had our second digital music class with Ms Karen. She was very fun to work with via computer and we are looking forward to getting to see her again next Tuesday. For art this week we joined Larry Frates again for his animation classes. They are very fun and interesting things to draw and are for all ages. If you want to give them a try the videos are on his Facebook page.
We have started Kindness Class again and Ms. Anna joined us over Google Hangouts on Monday and Friday. We talked about what it means to be a "star listener" and how to "speak from the heart" and how these ideas can help work out problems and make others feel better on the inside. We also talked about being kind to yourself and even to your uncomfortable emotions. We acknowledged that emotions and feelings can change and to show kindness towards someone else who is having a problem.
This session we have also shifted Writer's Workshop to Creator's Workshop. The songs, art, and stories that have been shared so far are very moving and exciting. We look forward to everything the Eagles will create moving forward.
Thank you for all your hard work with the big changes we are dealing with in the management of COVID-19. We look forward to seeing all of you in person again.
Here is a link to Laura's blog on what it means to be Socratic!