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Class Notes, Oct. 2013

Besides our Main Lesson Bloc in Shelter/Achitecture some of the other subjects we’re studying are: Geometric Visualization Problems: This work challenges perceptions, math concepts and has the element of challenge which builds excitement in the class. Also, it cuts across … Continue reading

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Class Notes September 2013

 Autumn unfurls it’s flags in the wind… We’ve been studying water, beginning with many experiments involving water, it’s qualities, and properties. We’ve drawn diagrams of every experiment in our Science book, and written up in simple scientific method some of … Continue reading

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Class Notes, April 25, 2013

I’m so proud of the beautiful, careful, exacting work the children are doing in their Geometry books: the Proof of Pythagorus’ Theorem using square tiles and area, the Pythagorean Proof using equal right triangles in two irregular pentagons, the complex, dramatic 6 … Continue reading

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Class Notes, March 25, 2013

I want to keep you apprised of some of the work we’ve been doing before it sifts through the sands of my mind… which reminds me of Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” which we’ve been reciting – “the lone and level sands … Continue reading

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Class Notes March 2, 2013

  In our study of Area we all drew a 12×12 grid in multicolored squares and also in whole numbers, with a bright diagonal dividing the square containing 1,4,9,16,25,36, and all the square numbers. Any shape we drew on one … Continue reading

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Class Notes January 24, 2013

 Here is a look at some of the things we’ve worked on of late at the Finnstitute:    We followed the the remarkable capacity of Buddha to withstand Mara’s manifold demons and Raksashas, and his evil cunning. The image of … Continue reading

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Class Notes, December 21, 2012

 Our December Science Bloc was fun and interesting, and a perfect complement to the many holiday-time endeavors. Here are some of the experiments we tried: Water and weight – By making a seesaw balance with a wooden ruler and pencil we … Continue reading

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Class Notes, December 6, 2012

  We began at the trestle bridge over Fall creek near the Wildflower garden and the Plantations. The metal X’s and angled  I-beams, above the metal roadway hold up the cross beams that supports the road. We sketched it and … Continue reading

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Class Notes, December 1, 2012

 Thanks to Monica and her daughters for bringing Tinickling, a rhythmic, challenging dance skill to our morning circle. The children broke into groups and tried out the steps in dry runs and then with the sticks moving in and out. … Continue reading

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Class Notes, November 18, 2012

 We finished up our current session in Botany with the Rose Family, a wonderful grouping of species that include our dear friends the cherry trees and the apple trees.With that in mind I would like us to visit the Cornell … Continue reading

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