Lewis Garden Fair Fun

The Lewis Garden Fair provided a chance for more young people to get a ukulele in their hands and see what it is like to play. Thanks for parents Rebekah and her friend Anne with Husband the kids took part in an informal jam session. The sky cleared and we were out side playing songs and singing. Here are a few photos from the fun day.

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Ukulele matching donation from PTA and Portland Ukulele Player/Friend.

These are photos from ukulele club making music on April 22nd, 2015. Come join us at the Garden Fair on Saturday at 11:00 am for a jam session.

Kids gathered around the LED campfire in the gym.

Kids gathered around the LED campfire in the gym.

Instead of music stands student look to the projector to see the words to the songs and keep time to the song blaring out of the stereo.

Instead of music stands student look to the projector to see the words to the songs and keep time to the song blaring out of the stereo.

Singing out.  Lewis kids love to sing thanks to Tony Jamesbarrys fantastic music program.

Singing out. Lewis kids love to sing thanks to Tony Jamesbarrys fantastic music program.

Fathers and sons joining in on the fun.

Fathers and sons joining in on the fun.

The interest in the ukulele is attracting the young.

The interest in the ukulele is attracting the young.

Students are beginning to see how holding your fingers over the strings on the fret board create different sounds.

Students are beginning to see how holding your fingers over the strings on the fret board create different sounds.

Everyone has a ukulele to use now thanks to the matching donation a kind soul (Karen Sinizer) and Lewis PTA.  THANK YOU

Everyone has a ukulele to use now thanks to the matching donation a kind soul (Karen Sinizer) and Lewis PTA. THANK YOU

Our Lewis program was mentioned on the news by this sweet first grader playing her ukulele at the beach.

Our Lewis program was mentioned on the news by this sweet first grader playing her ukulele at the beach.

Ukulele's come in about three sizes.  This one looks huge in comparison.

Ukulele’s come in about three sizes. This one looks huge in comparison.

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Today, Tuesday April 14th, we had a guest physical education teacher visit.

Teacher Debbie from Richmond School visited the morning classes and taught us how to say hello in Japanese. She said it is “ohayo” and sounded like Ohio. Teacher Debbie  gave us ideas about how she makes variations on the games we play. Portland Public Schools uses the Spark Curriculum. It was nice to have another adult in the room to give attention to kids working at learning centers. Students in the younger grades worked on object control skills of rolling, bouncing and catching balls that are small. Debbie gave kids lots of attention and feed back and our students made her feel right at home.

We showed her how we give complements and appreciations at the end of class. How to slow our breathing to relax and prepare to return to the hall and classroom.  We showed her liked seeing our fancy Donors Choice materials that light up a darkened gym.

The week ahead 4th and 5th graders will play cooperative games like Mission Impossible before transitioning to Team Handball. Team Handball is a lot like Ultimate Frisbee but instead of crossing an end line to score the team has to throw the ball into a goal.

I have found that the kids are really enjoying the activities.  Many kids saying things like these have been the best PE days so far and many “thank you’s” that are treasured.

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Second ukulele practice

Wednesday after school we had our second ukulele practice. This included even more students. We are up to about 25 students strumming along to the music. We had more kids than instruments but used tennis rackets to teach how to hold the instrument and the use of the back of the index finger to stroke down on the strings. We will continue with three more session on Wednesdays from 3:15 until 3:45.

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Ping Pong Paddle Design Progect Update

Once the wood was cut thinner it was then cut into strips to be glued.

Once the wood was cut thinner it was then cut into strips to be glued.

The blade wasn't long enough to saw the wood in the first pass. The board was warped creating other challenges.

The blade wasn’t long enough to saw the wood in the first pass. The board was warped creating other challenges.

The wood was so hard it over worked the saw and blew the fuse and smoked up the garage.

The wood was so hard it over worked the saw and blew the fuse and smoked up the garage.

Next step was to saw the wood in half with a Table Saw.  the wood was so hard that it caused the wood to burn working so hard.

Next step was to saw the wood in half with a Table Saw. the wood was so hard that it caused the wood to burn working so hard.

These are the chunks of wood that The Joinery Furniture store gave our project.  Thank you very much.

These are the chunks of wood that The Joinery Furniture store gave our project. Thank you very much.

The Goal of the Ping Paddle Designs in time for Art Night.  This weekend we were given a couple pieces of wood from The Joinery Furniture Store.  I look forward to taking the wood into school to add to handles of the design that a student in Mrs Speer’s class.  Look to the photos for better understanding of the process.

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Ukulele’s used to help children in the hospital.

One of our parents from Mrs. Logue’s class sent me this link on ukulele’s used with children at the hospital. This video is a nice tribute to people using ukuleles to make life a little better for others. Thank you Rebekah for sharing this with me and please email me if you have anything I can pass along on this blog.

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Ukulele Club’s first after-school in the garden session.

There was lots of interest in the ukulele club that began meeting after school yesterday. We will continue to meet on Wednesdays in the garden from 3:15 to 3:45 for the month of April. Would love to have adult helpers to manage all the interest.

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Ukulele Club Meets Wednesday’s in April

If you want to strum along with us on the ukulele or just sing you are welcome to meet us in the garden from 3:15 to 4:00.  Pick up a permission slip in the office.  Dust off the ukulele you have laying around the house or share on of ours.  Luck for us at the cob bench between the library and Ms Kennedy’s room today.  

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