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Rainforest Experience

We had a magnificent time at the Cal Poly Pomona Rain Forest Experience today! It was wonderful hands on fun and we learned about fossil fuels, rain forest animals, plant adaptations, and ecosystems.

We were split up into 5 different groups, and were taken in different directions. One station talked about fossil fuels and how they are a limited resource. They showed the difference between incandescent light bulbs, and fluorescent bulbs, and how much power is needed to light them.

The next talked about several different leaves, and how they each have their own characteristics to help them survive their environments.

We then went up into a VERY warm and humid room, where they showed us how people can communicate in the rainforest with drums. They had several different instruments that had been made with materials found in the rainforest. It got very loud!

This was followed by a tour through their greenhouse that was filled with rainforest plants. We learned about several adaptations that help the plants survive in such wet weather.

The students were thrilled to see a variety of lizards and snakes that thrive in these regions. They asked a lot of questions, and got to pet them too!

Here are some of their thoughts about the trip:

"I liked learning new facts about the plants!" - Michio

" It showed us things from a long time ago." - Ruby Fern

" It was good seeing all that's there and the plants are very cool." - Natalie

Questions To Ask:

1. What is a Swiss Cheese Fern?

2. How did you light the lightbulbs?

3. Why are there long tips on some of the leaves?

4. What animals did you see?

Posted by Multiage on Sunday February 22 at 07:01PM
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Learning From Each Other

Learning From Each Other

This year the multi-agers have been studying the Rainforest. As part of their investigation they decided to split into three groups with each group researching one major layer of the Rainforest. After their initial investigations, the children decided on a medium to present what they felt was important to know about each layer. The children worked to become experts in their layer in order to share their knowledge with their classmates.

The Forest Floor

The Understory

The Children worked hard to create the atmosphere of the Understory: dark, damp and full of animal sounds and interesting plants like the Bromeliad and Blue Jeans Frog.

The Canopy and The Emergent Layer

How TALL are the trees in the rainforest?

The Post Office Opening was a Huge Success!!!

Thank you to all the friends and families who supported the multi-age on opening day.

We would like to extend a very special thank you to Adam Greenfield and the Greenfield family for giving us the gift of our stamps this year. We have already collected 40.00 towards a cause to be determined as the multi-age continues their rainforest work.

Dates To Remember

Feb 19 Field Trip to Cal Poly

Questions To Ask

What is your favorite layer of the Rainforest?

What did it feel like to sell your stamps?

Posted by Multiage on Friday February 13 at 04:39PM
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Buddy Time

Why is it important to have buddy time?

Buddy Time is important because you get to have a big kid taking care of you--Juno

Your buddy is someone who makes you happy--Juliet

I would be sad if I had to say goodbye to my buddy right after assembly. I have fun with my buddy.--Leonard

You get to be friends with your buddy--Axel

Buddy Times is fun--Rocco

I have fun spending time with my buddies--Khefri

What does buddy time mean to you?

You get to become a role model--Lucas

You get to meet people you wouldn't normally get to know-Cortez

Questions to Ask

What do you like most about spending time with your buddy? Why?

Dates to Remember

Parent Teacher Conferences Jan.29 and 30

No school February 16

Posted by Multiage on Friday January 23 at 04:41PM
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advice to future block teams

Advice To Future Block Teams by Asha, Cameron, Cecile and RubyFern

  • Hammer the blocks
  • Be creative
  • Work together
  • Never give up
  • Have fun
  • Build old, famous buildings
  • Make the best out of it
  • Make your friends feel welcome to the block team
  • It is hard to agree when planning but work together to agree on a building that everyone likes
  • Be prepared to enter a new world

Setting Goals

It's a new year and the children have been spending time reflecting on how they have grown as learners, collaborators, and friends.They are setting new goals for 2015 and making plans to meet those goals.

Questions To Ask

What is something you would like to get better at this year?

What advice would you add to the block team advice?

Dates To Remember

Parent Teacher Conferences - January 29 and 30

No School - January 19 MLK Day of Service

A Big Thank You

We just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for your generosity and support this holiday season. It is truly a gift to work here with you and your children. We wish you peace and happiness for 2015 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Multiage on Saturday January 10 at 11:31AM
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Authors Abound

We Are All Authors

This week has been an exciting week for the children. The Oaks School Book Fair brings so much fun and excitement for the children. Watching the children explore, write their wish lists and gather around a shared read-aloud truly shows their love of reading and writing. An added bonus this week was the exciting experience of listening to author and illustrator John Rocco share his process of creating a picture book with the children. His focus on starting small with his initial brainstorms/ideas and slowly moving towards the larger final project was inspiring for the children as budding authors and illustrators themselves.

Touchstone Books

As part of Writer's Workshop we often draw on "touchstone books" to demonstrate "what writers do". This week we utilized John Rocco's books and discussed with the children what they noticed about his illustrations and how they worked to tell a story. Many of the multi-agers love to write in the form of the comic book and picture book genres. It will be great to see how the children bring in the lessons learned from John Rocco's presentation to their personal work.

Publishing Party

After working on a piece, the children can choose to publish their piece. Publishing their piece means taking it through an editing process that meets the needs of the individual author or authors. This is an on going process. After a period of working the children hold a publishing party complete with a "toast" to the writers with sparkling cider. This party we invited our buddies. It was a wonderful time sharing our writing with our buddies.

Questions To Ask

What did you like most about the Publishing Party?

Do you like to write by yourself or with a friend?

Tell about one of the stories you read at the publishing party. Why did you like it?

Dates To Remember

Winter Sing is Next Friday Dec. 19!!

Dec. 19 is also the last day of school in 2014 and is a half day. No oasis.

Posted by Multiage on Saturday December 13, 2014 at 09:10AM
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December first

How Do We Learn?

Through Our Relationships

Working on holiday cards for the elderly of Belmont Senior Living

Through Having an Idea, Sharing it with Friends and Collaborating to bring the idea to life.

Leo and friends working on building an airport.

Through Sharing Our Talents

Odin reading to the Multi-Age

Questions To Ask

How do you like to learn?

Who do you like to work with?

Dates To Remember

Holiday Bazaar and Book Fair December 11

Winter Sing December 19

Half Day of School December 19: No Oasis

Posted by Multiage on Friday December 5, 2014 at 04:18PM
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November 14

Collaborative Learning Through Blocks

This past week a group of girls came together to plan, organize, build and present their work in the block area. They were challenged to draw up a blue print and use that to keep their work on track. After their presentation we asked the girls what did they learn. Read below for what they said:

"I learned that it takes more than 1 person to make 1 structure. It also takes a lot of brain work and help from your friends."~ Dinah

"People can inspire you by giving you ideas after you build."~ Juliet

"It takes courage to compromise. I wanted to build a rainforest but then I worked with everyone to build the Unicorn City."~ Anabel

"I learned you can't make 1 structure by yourself, it is easier to work with others."~Dolores

The girls' work has prompted a long waiting list of block teams. Keep your eye open for more block teamwork!

Thank You!

Multi-age wants to thank Antonio, Marilyn and Carole for all the support they gave us for our assemblies. We couldn't have done it with out you!

Questions To Ask:

What would you build if you were on the next block team?

What math game did you play with your buddy this week?

What did you paint in art this week?

Dates To Remember

No School November 26-28: Thanksgiving Break

Posted by Multiage on Friday November 14, 2014
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Week of Novemeber 2

Thinking About Thinking: Math

The Multi-agers have been actively developing their metacognition skills when it comes to Math. Through a combination of math discussions focusing on the how and the why behind number combinations, small group work and math games, the children are strengthening their addition skills as they work to notice math in the world around them. This week we had a visit from the fourth grade. The fourth graders worked to measure each of the Multi-Agers as they engaged the Multi-Agers in a conversation around math and its relation to measurement. We look forward to finding out the product of the fourth graders work with the students.

Our Assembly

Thank you so much for all of the support for the first of two Multi-Age assemblies. The children thought deeply about their questions and are looking forward to discovering the answers. We look forward to seeing everyone next week at assembly where new questions will be asked and you may see a new animal or plant from the rainforest!

Questions to Ask:

What fourth graders took your measurements?

What is your favorite math game?

What did you do with your buddy this week?

Dates to Remember:

No school November 11 (Veterans Day)
No school November 26, 27, 27 (Thanksgiving Break)

Parent Education Night: Design Thinking November 13

Posted by Multiage on Friday November 7, 2014
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Happy Halloween

Buddy Time

In Honor of Halloween the multi-age and fifth grade came together to create ooblick! The children had a wonderful time learning from their buddies and getting their hands all sticky and gooey!

New Friends

This week the multi-age welcomed two new sets of friends to their classroom. The children are excited to learn from their new friends and see what they can learn through observing and caring for their pets.

Our Planet Earth

This week the children were shown a globe and a world map and were asked the question, what do you notice?
Through this discussion the children uncovered similarities and differences between the two geographical resources and engaged in a lively discussion about the effect the sun has on our planet and why the majority of the world's rainforests are located close the Earth's equator.

Questions to Ask

What animals are now a part of the multi-age classroom?
How do you make ooblick?
What effect does the sun have on our planet?


Assembly Days November 7 and 14
No school November 11 (Veterans Day)
No School 26, 27 and 28 (Thanksgiving Day)


Posted by Multiage on Friday October 31, 2014 at 03:11PM
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Saying Hello and Goodbye

The children this week prepared to say goodbye to Dharinne and wish her well.  They had some great advice for Dharinne as she prepared to leave. 

 "Don't leave small stuff on the floor" ~Cecile
"Always rock the baby to bed"~Cameron
"Don't let your goats eat the baby"~ Oliver"
Make sure to give lots of toys to your baby" ~Leo

They are excited for Ben to join the multi-age but will miss Dharinne very much!

Mindfullness Meditation

The multi-age has had the pleasure of practicing being mindful twice a week with Sara Lamm. The goal of this ten minute practice is to give the children an opportunity to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment. It is also an opportunity for the children to reflect on their feelings in a given moment. This past week Sara gave each multi-age homeroom a gift of a singing bowl. Gently striking this bowl opens and closes the multi-age mindfullness practice. Thank you Sara for your generosity!

Questions to Ask

What are you curious about when thinking about studying the rainforest?
Did you learn a new song in Music this week?
What did you do with your buddy this week?


The Multi-age assemblies are Nov. 7 and 14

Halloween is coming! Please remember the children are asked to bring in only one small piece of their costume to share on Friday the 31.

The firstTown Hall is on October 28

Posted by Multiage on Friday October 24, 2014 at 03:20PM
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6817 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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