• Technology, Photography, & Intention, Oh My!

    By Lisa Smith   I remember the days of busy signals, encyclopedia salesmen, and rushing to cash your check before the bank closed. So, I am just elated every day as the K-6th technology teacher! I possess a wonder and gratitude for all that we have, including our brand new MacBook Pros!   I start each class with a live feed of some sort: The International Space Station, Honey Bees in their hive, a Tokyo crosswalk. I mean to inspire fearless curiosity about our world, and to remind the students of the luxuries we enjoy as we watch gorillas in [...]

  • It’s Octo’bear’!

    It's Octo'bear', and we're thrilled to have started a new school year in the preschool! As we journey our way through our daily routine, we are appreciating the time to get to know each other. Every year, I enjoy starting the school year with our "All About Me" theme. It gives us the time to learn about our friends and appreciate what makes us unique and beautiful!   Before getting started on what makes us who we are individually, we focused our attention on the name of our class, The Bears, to establish what makes us special as a group. In [...]

  • Spreading Peace the Kindergarten Way!

    By the time the Peace Day Challenge occurred on September 21st, our Kindergarten class was already well on their way to becoming peaceful problem solvers. Since the first day of school, the children have been introduced to peaceful conflict resolution, which is a process that involves students working together to de-escalate, resolve, and process their conflicts in a peaceful way.   For the past 26 years that I have been working at Hollywood Schoolhouse, I have discovered that one of the best ways to create harmony in the classroom is to provide students with the tools needed to manage conflict [...]

  • Lions on Safari!

    by Vannessa Gonzalez Recently, the Lions class traveled to Africa for a safari adventure! We had a blast learning about and taking on the roles of safari animals and explorers! The Lions also enjoyed dancing to African music and playing authentic musical instruments that originated in Africa, like the djembe drum.   Some of the fun facts we learned about lions were the following:   Lions live in Africa in the grassy plains and open savannas. We can easily tell the difference between adult male and female lions because male lions have a mane, whereas female lions do not. Lions are good swimmers and excellent [...]

  • There is Power in this Moment

     by Nicole Costales Have you ever found yourself asking, “Can I just have a moment?” What moment are you really searching for? How does it look? More importantly, how does it make you feel? My first thoughts go to moments of quiet. Peace, solitude, and calm are just a few words that come to mind. But when I really think of my favorite moments, I see many of the same faces you see when you arrive at Hollywood Schoolhouse. My favorite moments are those of rumbling, laughter, and happy reunions. The look on a student’s face when they see you after a long [...]

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