June 20

Capstone Refletion

Yesterday I presented my Capstone project. I did my Capstone on Lego in Child Development. My capstone went surprisingly well because I was so confident in myself.

WHAT I LEARNED

I learned lots about legos, the Lego Foundation, and Child Development. One thing that I learned was that lego is not just a brick, it is a tool to build and support the brain by encouraging creative play and problem-solving. I also learned about the lego foundation, the foundation that is exactly my topic legos in child development so I learned things from them like in South Africa they use lego to develop skills and in some areas they use lego to help kids recover from trauma. The last thing I learned about was child development. Like how lego sand block play is a very big factor in what children use to develop.

WHAT ARE MY THOUGHTS ON THIS PROJECT

I like this project I think this was a good experience and I liked it

 

 

 

THE END

 

 

June 15

Writing my Capstone script

For the past day I have been working on my capstone script. I spent eight hours working on my script and on my notes in the course of two days. My script is pretty good and I had to set up my props and that took two hours. This is my script.

 

Capstone script

 

Say: Are we live? (wait 2 secs)

Say: Hi welcome to Harry’s learning land!

Say: (ring ring) Hey Rehma (wait 2 secs)

you want me to talk about legos?(wait 2 secs)

Ok I will

Say:  Did you know that These six lego bricks can be attached 915 million ways (Audience gasps) and are great for child development and creativity?

Say: My guest Erik will see how many combinations he can make in one minute (wait one minute)

 

What is child development?

 

Say: child development is growth in childhood and young adulthood.

Say: Legos are a big part of child development, developing skills like cooperative play, persistence, puzzle solving, and CREATIVITY. According to Dr. Randa Grob Zakhary, the CEO of the Lego Foundation, what the Foundation is interested in is “The intersection of play and learning”. She explains that when children are three years old they are already developing areas of the brain that performs executive functions.  Like problem-solving, paying attention, and monitoring performance. Our brain growth is 90 percent complete at six years old. So that means that as the brain matures throughout teenage years and young adulthood, Our brains blueprint for certain main functions is established by his/her age, this is when play comes in. Play is one our brain favorite ways to learn.

Say: A good project to help strengthen these skills is get a large lego creativity box and ask your child to build something like a train. Then see his/her imagination go wild Lego is therapeutic because it closes out other things and lets yourself go and once you’re building, you’re building.

 

How does Lego help my child?

 

Say: Play is one our brain’s favorite ways to learn and Lego is all about play. If you have a child with ADD Lego can help. ADD means Attention deficit disorder. For children with ADD, they need to concentrate to build legos. If you have a child with autism Lego can also help.

Some schools for autistic children allow the kids to play with Legos but only with a partner, the results are positive because the Legos helped the children a lot and they made friends with their peers. It helps sharing because it’s easy to share while collaborating.

When children are active in a lesson or class, they gain more from the experience, are more engaged in learning, and do better in school. Play lets us test what we can do, like all forms of learning should. It stimulates children’s learning abilities by helping creativity and building critical thinking just to name a few. Learning by doing helps our engagement and understanding greatly, and strengthens the most important things our brains use to learn and develop.

The way they see it at the Lego Foundation is that play is not luxury; it’s a way to support your children’s potential. This is why at the Lego Foundation they see play as a serious solution to problems. They work to empower and equip children to make a better future for themselves and for others by ensuring the value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon.

 

Should I play with lego?

 

Say: Absolutely, you should definitely play with lego. Lego can polish fine motor skills, strengthens relations and is therapeutic. It is also great to do with your kids for those reasons. Everything you learn in life is based on the experiences you have as a child, Play teaches Social skills and activates all of our other senses and builds brains, Play it’s not separate from learning and teaching, They use play in South Africa to help kids and adults develop their strengths and their skills, In some places playing with Legos help kids recover from trauma

Maria Blackburn- Content and Creative Manager at Johns Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth says

  • “If you want to build future STEM enthusiasts, you need to start with fundamental skills and they need to come early,” Shelton says. “Something as simple as making sure kids have exposure to block play would set them up for a future where they can build the right kinds of skills for whatever field they want to go into, and they won’t be restricted because of their lack of early experience.”

 

Thank you for watching Harrys Learning Land To Learn more go on my blog.

Bye!!!

 

May 29

Graphic Novel

For the past month or three weeks, we have been working on graphic novels. Since I am a huge nerd I loved this unit I always wanted to make comics growing up with my dad’s comics and the Simpsons so now I had an excuse to write comics or graphic novels. So me and my partner Max a novel called Meeseeks rising. It is about a monkey going through jobs and ending up being the president. I did most of the illustrations while Max drew some people we are both very proud of our comic. I made my own comic strip called Dem Funniez my first issue is a parody of that scene in the movie seven my next comic will be about baby gifts. THE END

 

May 21

Restaurant field trip

Last week we went to this really good Spanish restaurant. It was kind of in the middle of nowhere but the food was really really good so it was worth it. I sat with Asher and Chase and they were really nice and not annoying. All the food was really good except for the fish or Pescado. There was this a noodles and steak and it was really really good and the chicken was the best chicken I’ve ever had in my life. We had to fill out the sheet and ask for table members a couple of questions and I thought I would fail but I didn’t I got everybody’s answers. There is also this weird juice stuff and it was purple and really really sweet but barely anyone at my table liked it besides Senor Johnson. Overall the restaurant was very very very nice and great food and I’ve spoken Spanish better than I do in class I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Mexican food.

May 15

Capstone Kind of…

Yesterday I watched a lego brickumentary for capstone research because my capstone is about legos and child development and it has so much info and deserves all the awards that it earned. It was about lego Communities, Autism treatment, creativity, socializing and other things. You might be thinking “Ohhh Harry it’s just random clips (Scoff)” No it has clips but it has lots of animated parts to and animation is sooooo kewl (Exaggeration). The movie had 3 main plots the kid with speech disabilities plot, the lego Artist plot and the mom lego builder plot. The movie had much good information. It turns out that lego communities have their own language like AFOL is an adult fan of lego. The mom won the lego model at brickcon 3 years in a row BTW the model was from the hobbit. The kid with the disabilities got helped by Legos because it helped his communication skills and his plot was that he went to New York and saw the 1 million piece X-Wing Fighter. The Lego artist plot was about an artist who makes his things with Lego and the plot point was his exhibition and everyone looking at it and everyone that said it was good so that surprised him. Overall this movie was fantastic. It was great 10 out of 10 would movie again would highly recommend anyone in this universe.

 

THE END

May 9

Capstone Interview

Yesterday I had my capstone interview. I changed my project idea now I’m researching legos and child development. When I woke up I called the office in Denmark they told me to call the headquarters in the US specifically Boston. So when I went to school I called the Boston office right before PE. First, I called the wrong department and I needed to call lego education. The man was really helpful he answered most of my questions and the ones he didn’t answer I looked up. I learned that all lego is for education, they get feedback from schools and they help kids express themselves. In conclusion, this interview was extremely helpful and it answered a lot of important questions. I might go to Boston to get a tour of the headquarters I will definitely write about it.

 

PS I recorded the interview.

 

 

April 20

Choosing a topic

Choosing a topic

 

Today, I chose a topic and a made my main question for Capstone. Capstone is when you research something you are interested in. My inquiry question is how have dogs been breed in the past 100 years to change their appearance and how can we use that information to make dogs have better immune systems.  My question is a 3.5 rating which is very good. It took me so long to find a topic it was crazy. The way I came up with was that I watched a video on YouTube talking about how breeders change the dogs to look cuter. Then I chose sub-questions, my questions are simple like how dogs get cloned or what deformities can dogs have. They’re probably many YouTube videos and many books about this. So I think it will be easy to get more sources. 

March 20

Why I Do Not Like Spring🌷🌱🌷

Most people like spring and you reading this yes you probably like spring. Spring is the most popular season in the United States. Most people see Spring as flowers and rainbows. But I see spring as allergies and bees. I will explain spring in a metaphor. “Spring is like New Jersey and summer is New York, New York is better”. During spring most people get allergy attacks and have symptoms like Runny nose, vomiting, itchy eyes, swelling and even strokes. Last spring at my old school someone had an allergy to bees he got stuck and his neck completely swelled and he had to go to the ER. In spring the weather is only warm for about a month and the rest is cold. Finally adjusting to the warm weather is hard. when its been cold for four months you are always hot in your bed clothes school until you get adjusted in a month. In conclusion, I don’t like to spring it is not my favorite.

 

 

THE END

March 13

Social issues

Recently I have been reading a book called Wonder by R J Palacio. It is about a kid named Auggie with a facial deformity. He is very nice but nobody is willing to accept that because of his face and he gets bullied because of his face. When he is at home or by himself he is often very upset about school more specifically how he gets bullied and about how people make fun of his face. He also gets upset about how he thinks some of his friends are just how people make fun of his face. He also gets upset because he thinks his friends are faking to be as friends and Mr. Tushman, the principal, assigned them to be his friend. Some words to describe Auggie at home are Angry, comfortable and happy.  But at school, Auggie acts differently. Whenever Auggie gets bullied or his friends get bullied he just brushes it off. But he is very offended when he gets picked on. Some of his friends like Jack actually get bullied because of they have a friendship with him. A few words to describe Auggie in school are calm, shy and brave. In conclusion in Wonder, there are many many social issues and Auggie has the Worst of them. if you ever see someone getting bullied please stop them immediately anyway you can.