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Anatomy Finale!

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As an AMAZING culminating activity to bring our “Anatomy” study to a close, the students made life-sized models of their bodies and internal systems.  In order to get the 3D, lifelike look, they used a combination of recycled materials (how many can you find?!) and self-created ones.  They worked together to use their resources and get organs, bones, and systems in the correct places.

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While we have had a blast studying anatomy this fall, everyone is ready to dive into the next science topic upon our return from winter break!

We are actively engaging with families who are looking to enhance their homeschooling experiences by giving GFT a try for a drop-in and drop-off day.  If you’d be interested in doing the same, feel free to reach out to us directly to set it up.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Happy Hanukkah!

     GFT is spending part of the month of December reading about the different religions that celebrate some of their more “major” holidays this time of year.  The students were quick to make the realization that many of the holidays center around the idea of light… something we can all use more of this time of year, for sure!

      In the spirit of Hanukkah, the children read a variety of books this week not only about the origin of the holiday but the traditions that often accompany it.  Then, they were up to their elbows making vegan latkes for all to enjoy during our lunch hour.

     For those of you celebrating the Festival of Lights this week, we hope you enjoy this time with your family and loved ones and thank you for coming along with us on this journey!

 

Below is the recipe link we used:

https://acleanbake.com/potato-latkes-vegan-gluten-free/

To simplify the recipe, we used 1 T garbanzo bean egg replacer, 1 T arrowroot flour, sprinkles of salt and pepper, and fried the latkes in avocado oil. 

Enjoy the celebrations of the season, everyone!

December 20 Vision Boards!

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      As I’m sure we can all relate, it’s difficult to learn about something new (or “new to you”) and not share it with those you love in the hopes that the positive affect trail carries on.  Part of my personal vision is to work with and empower families to consider the possibility that there may be more out there for them than what was previously thought possible.

A part of doing this introspective work is knowing what is out there, believing you can achieve it, and trusting the process that gets you there.  Creating vision boards is the first step in this process… and can be done with “children” of all ages!

On Thursday, December 20 from 1:00-3:00 pm, Global Foundations Tutorial is offering space and support for you and your children to do so.  We know it’s a busy time of year, yet what better way to start 2019 on a positive note than to really know what you are going after?  We’ll have the supplies, magazines, and some light snacks.  Feel free to bring any embellishments/photos/pictures that you would like to use on your own personal board.

If you could please RSVP to let us know that you will be attending, this will help us have the correct amount of supplies and food for all.  It is our intention to work with the children so adults can spend some precious moments crafting their own boards.  We plan on having the snacks and social/free time after the boards are created and spending the rest of our time together socializing.  This is also a great time to ask us any questions you might have about GFT or our new umbrella, so feel free to bring them, as well!

We thank you for following us along our journey of growth and learning and cannot wait to meet you!

Tutor’s Corner: Anatomy!

We’ve divided the science curricula into trimesters for the year to address three areas of science: life, earth, and physical.  The students are starting the year learning about anatomy and the human body through hands-on, exploratory work. They’ve made models, played games, created life-sized, personal body replicas using various materials, plus SO much more!  

Thanks for following along with our “Tutor’s Corner” series!  This week, Jennifer dives a little deeper into the “SO much more” area of anatomy!

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As we continue to explore human anatomy during our science time at Global Foundations, we’ve learned about our brain and the five senses, the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems. Up next we’ll be investigating muscles and bones and then putting it all together to create a life-sized outline of each student’s body!

 

We’ve been doing a lot of “testing”!

  • Taste tests of our lunches
  • Essential oil smell tests
  • Hearing tests (What is that rolling around in the shoe box? What could that be rattling in the shoe box? What makes a big sound or a soft sound?)
  • Touch vocabulary scavenger hunt (finding items that feel hard, soft, bumpy, crinkly, squishy, etc.)
  • Blind box (with eyes closed, feel to see if you can identify what’s in the shoe box)
  • A five-senses walk in the woods, recording what we hear, see, smell, touch and *shouldn’t* taste!

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To explore the respiratory system we talked about breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, our lungs and diaphragm. We blew up balloons & stretched the “mouth” of the balloon to make sound vibrations like our vocal cords do as air passes through them.

 

For the digestive system, we experimented with noticing how food changes as we chew it for a long time. We cut up an apple to put in a food processor with some water to see the change. We talked about saliva and “gastric juices” and measured out the approximate length of our intestines in yarn!

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After studying guts, we moved onto blood! We learned about the heart muscle and how blood flows through veins and arteries. We found our pulses and realized the older a person is, the slower his/her resting heart rate…and Wow do those heart rates change after 30 seconds of jumping jacks!

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It truly warms my heart to see and hear about all the engagement with the students on a day-to-day basis!  If you’re interested in learning more about our program or coming to take a day to try it out for yourself, please let me know!  We can’t wait to meet you!

Director’s Corner: GFT & Winter Weather

 

Everyone always had it tougher than “the kids today”, right?  I’m sure you recall walking uphill, both ways, in blinding snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures to get to school.  And you made it this far, right?

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As people in charge of the safety and education of young children, it’s certainly not something we take lightly here at GFT.  As I woke up in the wee hours of the morning (or middle of the night) to walk the neighborhood to see how the ice was coming, imagine my surprise when nothing had started to fall yet.

Growing up in New Jersey, we did not get off from school as often as I had off as a public school teacher for BCPS.  I vividly remember driving to school one day my first year of teaching and pulling into an empty parking lot.  Smartphones weren’t a thing yet, so I tuned in to the radio (imagine that!) to hear that BCPS was closed.  In BCPS’s defense, it’s a HUGE county!  I certainly would not want to be the one to make the call that what’s right for kids from Woodlawn to Middle River to Hereford.  I also remember (and it’s difficult to share this) how excited I was with each subsequent snow day as a teacher.  Can you imagine my elation this morning getting a text from our lead tutor telling me not only that we should forge ahead today but that she’s excited!?  Does it get any better than that?!

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So on this fine, snowy day of NOVEMBER 15, we’re all here, and we’re all having a blast!  From here on out, we’ll be sending a tutorial-wide text out by 8:00 am on the day of inclement weather should there be a deviation from the normal schedule.

 

Diwali!

 

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Some of the treasured options we have the privilege of teaching at GFT are the meanings and symbolism of different holidays that are celebrated by religions and cultures around the world.   In this case, students literally had a “taste” of one of the Hindu religion’s celebrations, Diwali.

After reading various books on the Hindu holiday, students incorporated multiple modalities and subject areas to create a dish for the holiday: ladoo.   We were thrilled to see a recipe for it in our social studies curriculum, Curiosity Chronicles!  Miss Jennifer then took it one step further by using coconut cream to make it vegan and using just a touch of maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit.

We had a mixed reaction from the students once eating the actual treat, but it’s safe to say that it was an excellent day, indeed!

To check out a similar recipe (noting what we did above), you can check out: http://theveggieindian.com/2016/07/10-minutes-coconut-laddu-4-ingredient-vegan-coconut-balls/

Meet Our Curricula! (Social Studies)

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Another amazing (although daunting!) step in the homeschool process is the vast amount of curricular options available to families.  Lucky for us, Jennifer has been homeschooling for over a decade and brings her wealth of experiences and expertise in this area to GFT!

In this segment of “Meet Our Curricula!”, we’ll be taking a look at “Curiosity Chronicles” and how it is incorporated into our social studies lessons.  As someone who had very little interest in history growing up mostly due to the way in which is was presented, this area was important to get right.  We wanted something secular, linear, and engaging for the students, so we took a chance on a relatively new option that boasted all of the attributes which we desired.

Curiosity Chronicles, according to its website, believes that “factual, engaging history is an important part of any child’s education. History lays the foundation for raising critically aware, globally minded children. History also provides many opportunities to teach other essential skills, like writing and independent research…  While there’s no such thing as history without bias, we try our best to present a global worldview and avoid the most common biases of history. Our books are written as secular. Religion is discussed as an important aspect of history, but no religion is presented as preferred or correct. We work hard to include the many important peoples and civilizations of history and don’t place greater emphasis on European contributions.”  

The global-mindfulness is exactly what we aim to teach here at GFT, and, so far, the lessons do not disappoint!   With the span of ages we have in the tutorial, the lessons lend themselves to scaffolding to get and keep the attention of our youngest learners while still challenging those who are at the older end of our spectrum.

We will be sharing our other curricular options as the weeks progress.  Please feel free to let us know what you are using or have found helpful in your homeschooling journey.   As always, if you’re interested in giving us a try, please reach out to me for a no-pressure, we’d-love-to-meet-you, drop-off day at GFT.  We look forward to hearing from you!Screenshot 2018-11-01 10.18.18.png