Rivendell Middle Kids

Look Up And Live!

Greg Smith visited today from the City of Fort Collins Light and Power department.  He taught the kids a ton about safety around electrical power lines.  He also talked about safety during lightning storms.  It was quite a “flashy” presentation![nggallery id=11]

Discovering circuits

Today we experimented with batteries, wires, and lightbulbs.  We discovered that in order to make the bulb light up we had to create a complete circuit.[nggallery id=10]

Middle Kids hard at work!

The middle kids are wrapping up their study of Europe this week.  They have created 4 amazing travel brochures, jammed full of interesting facts about Norway, France, Italy, and Poland.  They are also getting more and more independent as they learn to write complete, 5-sentence paragraphs.  Check out these live-action shots of them hard at work!  [nggallery id=9]

Oo la la! French painting and cheese tasting!

Today we tried our hands at impressionism and copied paintings by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.  The kids enjoyed painting this way – lots of bold brush strokes and no place for perfection!  When our paintings were finished we sampled cheeses, baguettes   and French “wine”, all while listening to some Edith Piaf.  [nggallery id=7]

What books do Middle Kids enjoy?

Middle Kids did a recitation this week on their favorite books.  They told their class about a book that they enjoy reading at home.  They could tell about a chapter book or a favorite picture book.  

Here are the books that kids in Bryce’s class talked about:

Devin – Vacation Under the Volcano– by Mary Pope Osborne

Finn – City Dog, Country Frog – by Mo Willems

Ananya – Anne of Green Gables – by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Catie – Eat Your Peas – by Kes Gray

Jake – Stone Rabbit – by Erik Craddock

Olivia – What Makes a Rainbow– by Betty Ann Schwartz

Calvin – The Hobbit – by J.R.R. Tolkien

Frankie – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – by J.K. Rowling

Noah – The Little White Owl – Tracey Corderoy

Ariel – Bluestar’s Prophecy – by Erin Hunter

Thomas – Where the Sidewalk Ends – by Shel Silverstein

Abby – A good Night for Ghosts – by Mary Pope Osborne

Ella – Little House in the Big Woods – by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Bryce – Tintin in America – by Herge

Nathan – The Lightning Thief – by Rick Riordan

Halloween Fun!!

We had an amazingly ghoulish time yesterday at the Halloween parties!!  The kids played a fun witch’s brew game, decorated goulishly yummy cupcakes, drank frog egg and worm punch, and made party crackers. Thanks so much to our incredible party organizers – Kara, Shelley, and Angela!  We appreciate you more than you know![nggallery id=6]

Time to Campaign in the Middle Kids Rooms!

[nggallery id=5]The middle kids classes have nominated movie and fairy tale characters to run for class President.  We will have an election on November 6th, but we have work to do before that! This week we are starting to campaign for our candidates.  The first project is to make a campaign poster including a slogan and a logo which represents the candidate.  The kids are working with a partner and really getting into it!

In Bryce’s class the two candidates are the Lorax and the Big Bad Wolf.  In Suzanne’s class Harry Potter is running against the Big Bad Wolf.

Fun trip to Miller Farm today!

[nggallery id=4]The Middle Kids had a wonderful time today at Miller Farm!  It was an absolutely beautiful day with tons of sunshine.  We started with a hayride around to many different fields to pick onions, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, pumpkins, and colorful corn.  After our harvest we ate lunch and played in the different areas around the property.  The kids rode go carts, climbed and dug on the giant dirt mound,  jumped on the humongous bouncy pillow, fed corn to the goats, and climbed in the assortment of vehicles and airplanes sitting around.  It was a lot of fun, and we all came home with some tasty veggies to cook.

Greek and Roman Day Feast!

The Middle Kids ended our unit on Ancient Greece and Rome with a feast of traditional foods today.  Every student brought in a  Greek or Roman food for the class to sample.  We also wore chitons, laurel wreath headbands, and handmade stone necklaces for the occasion.  We all lounged around the floor and feasted on yummy treats like baklava, Greek olives, hummus and pita bread, smoked oysters, pomegranates, dolmades, goat cheese, boiled eggs, figs, etc, etc!!  What fun!