• Ancient Civilizations

    The 6thgraders have learned about many civilizations that occupied Ancient Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. Located in the modern day Middle East, “the fertile crescent” was host to many kingdoms and empires that took turns ruling the coveted land. The Sumerians, Chaldeans, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians, were some of the many civilizations that contributed to the advancement of technology for future generations of humans. One such contribution was a wedge-shaped writing system called cuneiform. This form of writing originated first from pictographs, which showed actual objects, ideas, and sounds. Ancient Mesopotamians used a sharpened reed called a stylus to press [...]

  • Hola Amigos!

    As I begin my second year here at Hollywood Schoolhouse, I can’t help but feel so much gratitude. I have found a place where I feel very much at home and where my culture is embraced. Español is much more than another language to learn. It is learning about the culture of 20 different countries. Español is the second most spoken language in the world, and I am thankful that here at Hollywood Schoolhouse, we understand this and have the willingness, curiosity,  and open mind to learn and accept everything we can about different cultures. My students are eager and excited [...]

  • A Letter From Our Librarian!

    Dear HSH Families,   My 3rd year as Librarian at Hollywood Schoolhouse has quickly proven to be exceptional! We've hit a stride in the library where programs, curriculum, volunteers, and classes flow seamlessly. My goal since day one, has been to instill a foundation of curiosity, creativity, wonder, and courage in each child. Now, we are beginning to build on that foundation with lessons in connection, teamwork, and autonomy.   Our students, ranging from preschool through sixth grade, are successfully navigating everything that the library has to offer, all while exploring the most inclusive and diverse collection our shelves have [...]

  • Technology, Photography, and 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 [...]

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