Monday, May 23, 2011

Open Connections April-May

Wednesday Open Program

This is an update for the Wednesday Open Program. Look for e-mails about every five weeks sharing what is occurring during your young person's days at Open Connections.

We've had so many highlights this spring I hardly know where to begin! It is fabulous to see how many ways we have become such a positive, energetic and cohesive group:

- Emily Simkovich, who competes in Marble Shooting brought her set up to OC Tournaments and demonstrated how to hold your thumb to make a shot with special marbles called "shooters". We wish Emily the best of luck in her upcoming June competition in Wildwood, New Jersey.

- With the help of a covered box, young people tested their observation skills while drawing "blind".

- We spent at least three weeks creating sea creatures and environments in our ocean boxes during our Oceans Unit.

- As always, many chose to work with clay.

- One science experiment consisted of dry ice mixed with liquid soap. We then enjoyed pitchers of fruit juice cooled with a piece of dry ice, creating a bubbling juice brew which many enjoyed.

- Our nature hikes along and in the creek have been many. Young people often shared a pair of clippers along the way to cut down thorns across the paths. We've seen the woods come alive with skunk cabbage, wild flowers, jewel weed, poison ivy, and stinging nettle.

- Our Science Unit this past month has focused on Biology. There have been many seeds planted and lots of them still growing. We enjoyed many books at group time, a favorite being The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle.

- We are currently exploring mold growth and have grown our own Shitake Mushrooms.

- Our pet tadpole has recently sprouted it's tiny hind legs. We will watch it's tail disappear over the next couple of weeks.

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