Sushi Go!

We love the game Sushi Go! It’s a pass and play card game that’s focused on set collection and counting.

Rules: Deal cards to all players, each person picks a single card to put in front of them and they are revealed at the same time. You then pass your remaining hand to your neighbor. This continues until you are out of cards. Then you score the game and play again for a total of three rounds.

Cost: $12 on Amazon.

Time: 20 minutes.

Modifications for K-1: I remove the ‘chopstick’ cards as I think they are a bit too confusing for the average 5-6 year old, at least on their first few games. You can also purchase the ‘party’ version which increases your options greatly!

Can it be played if pieces go missing: You could reasonably lose about half of the deck and still be able to play.

Is this a game only kids would like: I think this is a fun, light game that would be fun with adults, but I think it really shines with kids.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Our readaloud has been the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by the amazing Quentin Blake, it’s a short story about a wily fox who’s days of thieving may have caught up to him. The characters are amazingly realized and Dahl has a flair for voice and world building. Please check it out if you haven’t! The movie is also incredible!

Night Train 57

Today we were lucky enough to visit a performance at the Kennedy Center of Night Train 57, a folk opera. I was super impressed with both the performers and the behavior of our Helpful Hummingbirds. If you talk to your children about it, let them know that they filled my bucket all the way today.

Apples

Fall is upon us and it is officially apple season! Today we taste tested four different varieties of apples and wrote down adjectives to describe each one. My favorite is the Honey Crisp!

Sammy Lee

Sammy Lee is our current American Hero. His life is absolutely incredible, not only did he learn to dive in restricted public pools and later a pit filled with sand, he also received his medical degree, served in the army, won two gold medals and went on to train Greg Louganis.

Germ Study UPDATE

Today we received our agar dishes! We collected germs from 5 locations: the trash can, the bathroom floor, Akiva’s nose, Catarina’s mouth and our drinking fountain. We took guesses as to which location has the most germs and we will check when we get back on Monday which location is officially the grossest!

Update: Our germs have grown and bloomed. The results were truly disgusting. Far and away, the grossest and highest collection of germs is the drinking fountains, followed by the trash cans, then Akiva’s nose, the toilet floor, and cleanest of all and barely registering any germs is Catarina’s mouth!  Photos will be uploaded soon!

It’s a Virus!

Today we had a fun discussion about the common cold virus! The common cold virus is around 30 nanometers wide. For comparison, a human red blood cell is around 6,000 nanometers wide. The virus itself does not cause the aches and pains associated with being sick, but rather it is your (rather vicious) immune system attacking and killing the virus, causing a lot of collateral damage in the process. Neat!

Harriet Tubman

We have spent this week tackling some serious issues by covering the incredible life of Harriet Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped her masters to the free states in the north only to return 19 times. She spent the later part of her life fighting for suffrage. She was an absolute powerhouse figure in American history and he life should be celebrated more often.

We discussed the slave trade, what a life of slavery really meant, and the massive divide in our country about slave ownership. These are all difficult topics that should also be unpacked at home.