Student Teacher

posted May 4, 2017, 5:35 AM by LVLC Info

This semester our oldest student's math curriculum will end before the other students'. To slow her down a bit she has a new task on her list: teaching! We've studied African geography this semester. This student is teaching a few lessons on making African-inspired crafts. Pictured here the kids prepare to make shakers, inspired by gourd shakers from West Africa.

She's doing a great job thinking through learning goals, planning questions to ask the other students, and executing lessons with clarity and patience. It's fun that we can give kids this teaching experience, even in such a small setting.

One Room Schoolhouse (kind of!)

posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:57 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 1:59 AM ]

This semester we have some travelers in our LVLC community, leaving us with six students and one teacher! So we're mostly camped out in one room. The kids each have a desk and a list of tasks each day. They work through their independent lessons/books. Then they are called up individually or in age-level groups for math, writing, and some other things that need teacher instruction. In the afternoons they all listen to a read aloud book together and study geography. This semester's focus is Africa! It's not REALLY a one room schoolhouse, because one mother is schooling her child in Dutch in the next room. And twice a week another mother comes in to help with a few things like spelling tests, in the third room. And on Fridays two moms teach drama and dancing to scripture, respectively, on the veranda. It's a happy, busy little learning center overall.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

posted Dec 3, 2016, 11:39 PM by Unknown user

​This semester the older kids have been improving their drawing skills with instruction based on Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. They began with lots of drawing exercises that helped focus on seeing accurately. For example, they copied a picture that was upside down, so they could focus on the lines instead of the image they were drawing. Another time they drew the wrinkles on their hands... without looking at the paper! The kids may have thought some of the exercises were crazy, but the work has paid off. Recently the class went outside to draw buildings. The kids did very well measuring proportion and angles to see and draw accurately.

Explorations in Chemistry!

posted Oct 6, 2016, 5:28 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 5:29 AM ]

The kids have been getting a taste of basic chemistry, including a recent introduction to atoms. They were fascinated by the periodic table of elements. So, we decided to create our own! The kids matched illustrations of the elements to their symbols using the atomic numbers. Then we arranged all the elements into their places on this poster. They kept exclaiming over the discoveries they made as they saw how the elements are used in everyday things. They are building a great foundation for future learning.

Latin American Feast

posted Aug 11, 2016, 5:30 AM by LVLC Info   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 5:36 AM ]

We studied Latin America in our geography class last semester. We decided we wanted to experience a very important aspect of those cultures... food! The teachers and parents looked for authentic recipes online, and everyone chose a main dish and something else to bring for the feast. The result was scrumptious! We will definitely do this again for the next region we study.

Field Trip to the Airfield

posted Jan 29, 2016, 6:40 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 6:49 AM ]

Our team had some guests this week, and the learning center was treated to a spontaneous field trip! The pilot of the visiting SIL/MAF plane came and taught the kids about how airplanes fly, and he also explained the process of becoming a pilot. Afterwards we all went over to the airfield and saw the workings of the flaps, rudder, etc. firsthand. Each of the kids even got a chance to sit in the cockpit! It was a fabulous introduction to flight and aviation in the missions context. The kids were glowing; I won't be surprised if we start hearing about some new career aspirations!

Modern Art

posted Nov 19, 2015, 9:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 22, 2015, 10:10 PM ]

Today is our last art class for the semester! The theme, Modern Art, has taken the kids beyond the Realism of the Renaissance into the strange worlds of Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism ("wild beast" painters!), and today... Surrealism! 

Each week the kids examined the work of an example artist, heard about the ideas and influences of their movement, and integrated key characteristics into their own art. Here one of our students paints a still-life, inspired by the flat shapes of Paul Cezanne, a Post-impressionist.

Yucky Science

posted Oct 1, 2015, 5:42 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 11:01 PM by Kenny Grindall ]

What happens when an owl swallows a mouse? What does he do with the bones? Well, the students at LVLC discovered (to the intense disgust of some) that the bones are regurgitated along with fur in an owl pellet. 

One brave student dissected the pellet while others watched with varying emotions. We were excited to find not one, but two rodent skulls! The skulls and bones helped the students better understand the identifying features of rodents as part of our current science topic.

Special Guests from Norway!

posted Sep 10, 2015, 6:20 AM by LVLC Info   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 5:52 AM by Kenny Grindall ]

Our geography class had the privilege of hearing our good friends share about their passport country, Norway.

We heard about culture, landscape, sports, and FOOD: We even got to sample brown cheese (different and delicious!) and chocolate. The kids did a great job with their presentation, and we learned lots of fascinating facts about Norway.

"Tusen takk," S family!!

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