Learning Plan: Grade 6 & Grade 4 (2013/2014)

Learning Plan 2013/2014

Cinder, Grade 6

Flora, Grade 4

prepared for the Calgary Board of Education


Cinder’s self-identified goals:

Minecraft, playing, running server, making videos. Key resources: Minecraft, Treepuncher server, Handbrake software, etc.

Learning to code. Key resource: http://www.code.org/khan-academy and Scratch

Related: learning to type. Program to be identified.

Flora’s self-identified goals:

Keep a daily journal.

More art. (Classes at Grasby Studios, City of Calgary; art books from library)

Learn more about animals.

And here comes Ender (age 4 in October):

Who very desperately wants to learn to read. Who will start Orff Music Step 1 and Flip Factory gymnastics in September. And who will, we hope, this year morph from passive watcher/active wrecker of his siblings’ pursuits to a creative co-participant in their learning journey.

Parents’ goals:

We’ve got two solid readers; we really have no other explicit academic goals for this year. We are going to put more formal math study on the table and see how that goes, but we are open to it being rejected by the kids. We can’t wait to see how Flora’s writing develops; the Dear Dumb Diary books have inspired her wonderfully the last few weeks, and it will be a joy to see what she does with her own book. We hope she continues to allow us to read it. We’re thrilled with the progress Cinder’s handwriting has taken, and are happy to see him continue with copywork; there is no plan to push him into self-initiated writing until he’s ready. We’re pretty excited to see Cinder get serious about coding. We’re so pleased with how all three kids are developing socially and emotionally: Cinder in particular, a social late bloomer, is really coming into his own. We look forward another terrific year of learning and living.


A different approach to our learning plan these year: identifying key themes likely to occur in each month. With the caveat that to date, most of our best laid plans have been significantly altered by life as it unfolds.


Themes: return to routines, classes. Focus on “write in your book” time. Prepping for California trip. Highlights: Beakerhead.org, Big Mouths! A children’s art exhibit about the freedom of expression, 1010 14 Ave SW, Sat Sept 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sept 16 Homeschool day at Spark; Loose Moose The Three Pigs, Sept 21 – Oct 13, 2013 (Ender); Birds of Prey, by AIWC, at Louise Riley, Sat., Sept 21, 2-3 p.m. earn amazing facts, such as the difference between a raptor and a falcon and which bird of prey is like a stealth bomber, in this program presented by the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation; Calgary Reptile Expo, Sat & Sun Sept 21 &22 at Midsun Community Centre; Alberta Culture Days at Lougheed House, Sept 27-29.


Fractured because of trip. Sept 30-Oct 10, California trip. Oct 10. Oct 11-14, post-trip transition. Oct 15-Oct 31, return to routines and classes; prepping for Halloween.

Highlights: Trip! Y-Stage Circus Incognitus, October 18-20 (all three); Rock N Fossil Road Show, Sat., Oct 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bowness.


Themes: math and art. Test-driving regular Math-U-See practice. Art at Grasby Art Studios for Flora; Programming for Cinder.

Highlights: CYPT’s Medieval Legends play at the libraries; Y-Stage Jason and the Argonauts, Nov 22-24 (R&C); new Rick Riordan Heroes of Olympus Book; Loose Moose Jack In The Beanstalk, Nov 2 – 24, 2013 (all three).


Theme: Seasonal art/culture classes and events.

Highlights: ADT’s Frightmare Before Christmas (first days of Dec); Best Friends Forever: Bring a friend to share activities and stories with, ages 6-12, Monday, Dec 23, 2:15-2:45 at Saddletowne (Flora + friend); Create and Celebrate the Holidays: Wed., Dec 11 6:30- 8 p.m., ages 8-12 (crafts) at Library; ATP: Around the World in 80 days, Nov 21-Dec 29 (Cinder and Flora); Lougheed House Christmas, Nov 27 to December 22.

January and February

Theme A (if in Calgary): Focus on science via U of C Let’s Talk Science workshops (http://www.ucalgary.ca/lts/workshops / LTS@ucalgary.ca) and AIWC programmes; Spark membership. Return to math if test-drive successful.

Highlights: Y-Stage The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, Jan 31-Feb 2 (R&C); Loose Moose Little Red Riding Hood, Jan 25- Feb 16, 2014 (Flora and Ender); Calgary RV Show, January 30, 2014

Theme B (if travelling): Focus on South American culture, history, fauna and flora. Possible return to math if makes sense in schedule.

Highlights: TBD


Theme: Art at Grasby Studios for Flora; Programming for Cinder. If travelling in January and February, science focus for March and April; buy Spark membership in March.

Highlight: Aggie Days


Theme: Spring Journal. Return to math. If travelling in January and February, some science focus for March and April.

Highlights: Y-Stage I on the sky April 11-13 (Flora), Loose Moose The Nightingale, April 12 – May 4, 2014 (Flora and Ender); Supertrain, April 12-13, 2014


Theme: Something new and different.

Highlights: Children’s Festival; Theatre Calgary’s Mary Poppins (Flora),


Theme: bad-weather days math; good weather days outdoor nature study.


Calgary festivals, day trips, camping.


Mondays: Home morning; afternoon swim.

Tuesdays: Flex day: good day for friend meet-ups. Eve Tang Soo Do (for Flora for sure; Cinder may take a break)

Wednesdays: Ender Flip Factory at 10 or 11. Home afternoon. Communal dinner/board game night.

Thursdays: Ender Orff music at 10:45—home day/Art studio in p.m. on art months—Extreme Kids at Flip Factory at 5:45 for Flora, 7 p.m. for Cinder

Friday: Flora Homeschool Choir 10-12 (tbc). Eve Tang Soo Do.

Saturday: Short-term family clay/art classes, plays etc. Board game night.

Sunday: Generally extended family day; special events around town.

Ongoing source for events: http://www.calgaryculture.com/

Additional Calendar Events

Library Programmes

Cree at Central, Thursday, September 5th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Arts Club at Central: Wreck City, Sat, Sept 7; Discover Drawing, Sat., Oct 5

Calligraphy, Nov 2; Tchaikovsky, Beethoven… Sting? Fibre Optics Group, Saturday, December 7

Celebrate Grandparents Day at Louise Riley, Sun, Sept 8, 12- 5

Hidden Treasures, Sat. Sept 28, 2:15-3 p.m. at Fish Creek, ages 7-10, Dig into books and uncover fantastic hidden treasures and amazing stories of discovery.

Geronimo Stilton Adventure, Fri., Nov 8, 2-3 p.m. at Southwood

Create a Holiday Card (Calligraphy): Sat, Nov 9, 10:30-12:30 at Alexander Calhoun; Sat., Dec 7, 10:30-12:30 at Country Hills (ages 9-12)

Game-a-palooza: Fri., Dec 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., at Signal Hill

Mineral Mania with Mad Science: Wed Sept 11, 6-7 at Crowfoot, Sat., Nov 30, 2-3 at Fish Creek, Sat., Nov 23 2-3 at Nose Hill, Fri., Nov 22 2-3 at Signal Hill

Origami Workshop, Mon., Oct 21 4-5 p.m. at Forest Lawn, Sat., Dec. 28 2-3 p.m. at Saddletowne ages 8-12

Paul Yee, Author. Tues, nov 26 1:30-2:30 at Country Hills, Tes., Nov 26 10-11 a.m. at Forest LAwn. Paul Yee, Governor General’s Award winning author of Ghost Train, draws on his extensive historical knowledge to create compelling and educational children’s books. This program is generously sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Reptile Party, Sat., Nov 16 1-2 p.m. at Bowness, Sat., Sept 21, 1-2 p.m. at Nosehill

**Weaving Yarns: Medieval Myths and Legends by CYPT. Louise riley, Sat Nov 9, 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Signal Hill, Sat Nov 16, 2:30-3:15 p.m. or Shawnessy, 10:30-11:15

A Taste of Cultures, Sat., Oct 26, 11 – 3 at Forest Lawn, Celebrate United Nations Day and join us for cultural displays, ethnic refreshments, art and traditional performances. In partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth’s In-School Settlement Program, Centre for Newcomers and International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre.

Brr. It’s Cold Outside! Sat., Dec 14, 1-4 p.m., Saddletown Genesis Centre. Celebrate winter in Canada with free fun family activities at the Genesis Centre.

Celebrate Diwali! Sat., Nov 9, 5:30-7:30 at Central

CPO in your Library, Mon Oct 21, 2- 3 p.m. at Louise Riley

** Heritage Weekend 2013: Century Homes Chost Walk. Sat Oct 26, 5:30-7 p.m. Enjoy family-friendly ghostly entertainment as Calgary Ghost Tours offers fascinating glimpses into the mischief, mayhem and spirits of Calgary’s early residences. Space is limited. Meet at the Main Floor Information Desk.

** Heritage Weekend 2013: Family Heritage Fair, Sun., Oct 27, 12- 3 pm., at Nosehill, Join Fort Calgary, The Military Museums, Heritage Park, the Aero Space Museum, Lougheed House, the Alberta Family Histories Society, the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the History Wrangler for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on activities for everyone celebrating our history. Entertainment will include button making, face painting, LEGO, storytelling and more!

**Rock N Fossil Road Show, Sat., Oct 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bowness, Are you fascinated by fossils or enthralled by rocks? See the Geological Survey of Canada’s awesome collection, have your specimens identified by experts and learn about Canadian innovations in materials from scientists at the CanmetMATERIALS Lab.

Alberta Gold Chorus A-Capella Group, Sun, Dec 8, 3-3:45 p.m. at Bowness

Calgary Multicultural Choir, Tues Dec 3, 7-8 p.m. at Fish Creek

Fort Calgary Homeschool days:

Friday, November 22nd

Friday, January 31st

Friday, May 16th

AIWC programmes


What’s in your backyard

Wildlife rescue

Birds of prey

The world of owls

bat basics



Supremely Skunks

Wild eighbours

Wetand Wildlife

Natural History and mythology of coyotes

Backyard birds

Wildlife mysteries

LEGO Contests

Marlborough Park Community Association Lego Building Contest, Saturday, September 21, 2013

Westgate Community Association Lego Building Contest, Expected October 2013

Scenic Acres and Silver Springs Lego Building Contest, Expected January 2014

Wildwood Lego Building Contest, Expected January 2014

Brick Roundup 2014, Expected Spring 2014 http://www.BrickRoundup.com

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