The Compass School, Ashburn Virginia

We are a Reggio Emilia inspired early childhood school located in Ashburn, Virginia serving children aged 6 weeks through 12 years old.

Through the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, children are given the tools and support to steer through their own distinct paths of discovery. Our project-based curriculum encourages children to be active participants in the learning process and to develop the skills needed to explore their ideas, interests, and questions in a meaningful way.

Mission: The mission of The Compass School is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes your child's depth of knowledge while inspiring a life-long love of learning.

Another week at home, another project to enjoy! Rowan from Art Studio wanted to share this one with her friends.

How are you going to stay busy this week?

Wet and dry chalk Activity
Just what it sounds like. Offer water in a cup with chalk. Can do on sturdy paper, maybe poster board or art paper. Or sidewalk and other washable, gritty surfaces. Could be interesting on sand paper or large tiles and rocks. They can dip the chalk, not dip it, grind it away, wet the surface and draw on that, crush up the chalk, anything! They're little scientists discovering everything they can.. It could be interesting to try to grind it with a mortar and pestle. Or they could get primitive and use a large stone surface and a smaller stone as a tool.

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15 Fun And Easy Family Activities That You Can Do At Home

Hello again Compass families. Today is the last day of our Week of the Young Child celebration. However, this does not mean the fun ends! We hope you have enjoyed all of the activities with your families this week and encourage you to continue this fun and togetherness. As always, continue to post videos and photos to Google Classroom and/or The Compass School page.

Today is Family Friday! We would love to see how your family likes to have fun together. Do you play games, build Legos, create art, play outside, go on walks, cook, or watch movies? Take a photo of your favorite activity and share it.

lifehack.org Looking for ways to bond with your family? Turn off the electronics and start theold-fashioned family fun with this list of easy, inexpensive and fun family activities that you and your family can enjoy at home.

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16 Arts and Crafts Projects for Toddlers

Hi Compass families! Today is the perfect day because it is Artsy Thursday! Create something artistic, show us a video of a dance you made up, or simply show us a photo of a favorite painting. Check out the link for some fun ideas.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/crafts-for-preschoolers-and-toddlers-1254268

thesprucecrafts.com Entertain your toddlers and preschoolers with these craft ideas! This bank of projects includes tons of painting, sculpting, printing, and exploring.

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9 Chores Every Child Can Do to Earn Allowance

Compass families, are you ready to get to work? Today is Work Together Wednesday! Show us how you and your family do work around the house together.

https://www.gobankingrates.com/money/side-gigs/chores-child-earn-allowance/

https://housewifehowtos.com/clean/chores-that-kids-can-do/

gobankingrates.com   You can teach your children how to be responsible with money by giving them an opportunity to manage it on their own from a young age. One way to do this is to give kids a chance to earn an allowance by doing chores. Children should have chores that they don't get paid for, said Mary Ellen Re...

From Ms. Maria in Pathfinders:

Here our WOYC for the Tasty Tuesday package!

We read: Wangari's trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter ( for big kids like Andrea) Wangari Maathi was a Kenyan environmentalist who won a Nobel Prize.

We read: Elmer by David McKee ( for little one like Victoria) It's story about the beauty of being ourselves.

We did African Meat Pie (beef empanadas) by Immaculate Bites (www.africanbites.com)

Hugs, Ms. Maria

A message from Ms. Lesly in infants...
"Today I made a Venezuelan breakfast, the name is Tequeños. It is the traditional food in my country, we can serve at breakfast, and parties or any moment and it is delicious!"

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients
1 lb of semi-hard queso blanco (white cheese)
2 cups of all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons of butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of sugar
4-5 tablespoons of cold water
4 cups of corn oil

Steps
1 · Prepare cheese by cutting into strips approximately ¾ inch by 2 ¾ inches long.·
2 Place flour on large flat surface; shape into circle with hole in center. Combine egg and butter in hole. Mixsalt, sugar and cold water together in small bowl. Add mixture slowly to flour, combining everything with hands. Keep mixing and kneading until dough is no longer sticky. When ready, shape into a ball and let it rest 1/2 hour at room temperature.·
3 Scatter flour on a clean, flatsurface. After 1/2 hour has passed, place dough ball on surface and roll into asquare approximately 1/8 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the flatteneddough into long uniform strips until there is one strip for each piece of cheese.
4 Place a piece of queso blanco at one end of the first strip and roll it up until it is completely covered by dough. Make sure to press any open edges together to seal cheese in the dough completely, so that it does not leak out when it is fried. Repeat this with the rest of the cheese pieces.·
5 Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high flame. Once the oil is hot, lower the flame to a medium setting. Carefully, fry the tequeños until golden brown and crunchy.·
6 As you remove tequeños from oil, place on pieces of paper towels to absorb any excess oil.·
7 Time to eat!

www.naeyc.org

Hello again Compass families. Today’s WOYC day is Tasty Tuesday! Tasty Tuesday isn’t just about eating your favorite snacks together. It’s also about cooking together and connecting math with literacy skills and science while introducing ways to incorporate healthy habits into children’s lifestyles.Make sure to share photos of your family cooking today or share a recipe! Below is a recipe for Tacos the whole family can enjoy!

https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/Images/events/woyc/taco_cookbook.pdf

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Giraffes Can't Dance Read Aloud

Ms. Shannon shares "Giraffes Can't Dance" for music Monday!

Week of The Young Child- Music Monday! Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees Published by Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

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20 DIY Musical Instruments for Kids to Make

Good morning Compass families and welcome to the first day of The Week of the Young Child! Today is Music Monday!
“As children explore and enjoy music, they can develop skills in math, literacy, and social studies."
Can you make your own instruments, pretend to be in a marching band, create your own song, video you or a family member playing an instrument or singing a song, or share your favorite song? Show us how you are having fun with your music. See the link below for some ideas! We can’t wait to see how creative and original you are!
https://artsycraftsymom.com/diy-musical-instruments-for-kids-to-make-and-play/

artsycraftsymom.com Bring the band alive at your home with these DIY Musical Instruments for Kids to Make and play! And they actually make music, too!

Let us not forget what else there is to celebrate this month!

"A happy Easter, Passover, and Ramadan this month to all the members of our community celebrating them! What a wonderful way to appreciate diversity and culture.

Love,
Ms. Fayzah"

Happy Easter from ours to yours! I spy negative space and salt painting Spring activities 🐰 Let's see yours, Compass Families!

Spring Art Demonstration with Miss Danica

Included in our newsletter earlier this week, let's see your results, Compass Family! How did your Bunny Art go at home?

#compassstrong 💪♥️

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Barefoot Books - YouTube

Looking for more fun, interactive reads online? Check out Barefoot Books on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCB02811DCE66BEF2

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[04/09/20]   Good Morning! Some of our Compass teachers and staff want to say hello! We miss everyone so much and hope to be together very soon! #compassstrong #happy

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The Calcano family has been very busy at home reading during our time off. Here's Miss Maria with one more, ultimate favorite in this morning meeting-style video: Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

I bet our Pathfinders friends can sing along!

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

E-Learning with Compass Students!

Victoria of Sound Stage plays peekaboo in this story with the help of her sister, Andrea!

E-Learning with Compass Students

Clubhouse friend Andrea reads for us in both English and Spanish!

E-Learning with Compass Staff

What a fun song book Miss Maria of Pathfinders shared with us!

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

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How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus Pandemic

[Jamie Heston, a board member of the Homeschool Association of California] recommends designating some time to teach your children "real life" activities, like cooking, gardening, and sewing. "Ask your children what they’d like to learn," she says. "Self-directed learning is the best. What is your child passionate about? Learning doesn’t only happen with a book at a desk."

dwell.com First, don't feel bad that you are not adequately prepared for this crisis—most of us aren't.

Weekly check-in! How are they looking?!

E-Learning with Compass Staff

Miss Danica from Pathfinders reads one of the classroom favorites for us!

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

How's it going for everyone today? 😂🤞 Hang in there, Compass families!

Need more ideas:
https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-tips-for-homebound-kids-parents.html

[04/01/20]   🌟COMPASS PETS THREAD🌟

If you think you're missing these guys, don't worry - they miss you, too! Warm hellos from Griffin, Rosie, Poppy, and all our aquatic pets!

Tell us about your "classmate" pets/work-from-home "coworkers", and share a picture below!!

E-Learning with Compass Staff

Miss Sereen does storytime with dinos!

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

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You In Treble:Story Time (lullaby edition)

Friends, please enjoy this Story Time with Ms. Rowe! She is one of the incredibly talented music teachers at Colin Powell Elementary School in FCPS and Ms. Sarah’s former colleague! 💗

Ten in the Bed 😴It’s your bedtime so snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal and fall asleep to another one of our favorite stories. I still miss you ve...

Art Studio student Ali misses her Compass teachers and classmates and drew some pictures for them. Let's create an art showcase from our friends at home!

Please share what your little ones have been working on in the comments ☺️

Keeping an eye out for progress from our Inventor's Workshop seedlings!

Happy Monday to all of our wonderful families! We thought this might be a fun way to get your children engaged while you are working from home! Check out this Indoor Scavenger Hunt! #learningisajourney

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BookFlix

https://bookflix.digital.scholastic.com/pair/detail/bk0111pr/story?authCtx=U.642726498
Enjoy a Scholastic Books Story online through BookFlix and celebrate Spring! Its FREE When signing up use this info: Username:Learning20 Password: Clifford to access more story time books!

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E-Learning with Compass Staff

We finish out our week with Miss Julia sharing some favorite morning meeting finger plays!

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

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Family Pack Work From Home Activity: The 3 Bears compliments of Fairydust Teaching.

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E-Learning with Compass Staff

A friendly reminder from Ms. Fayzah and Todd Parr!

E-Learning with Compass Staff

A special message and story from Miss Elizabeth!

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

ted.com

For parents, happiness is a very high bar

https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_senior_for_parents_happiness_is_a_very_high_bar

This can be a great resource for each of us providing comfort and meaning to parents who may be struggling at this time. How parents define happiness? - this talk is 18 minutes.

ted.com The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming -- it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents -- to raise happy children -- is so elusive. In...

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Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=vkYmvxP0AJI&fbclid=IwAR2rnnHaGwdLBcZgtUwPl9jZdOaBgj_F6Sw-AXoYu9-XZgU6cq8O8HkmbGs&app=desktop

See Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic Puffin picture book out loud. An exclusive glimpse of this incredible book an...

[03/24/20]   Bilingual at home or trying to implement it? Enjoy both the Spanish version and English version of this fun farm book read by Ms. Lesly and Ms. Brittany!

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

E-Learning with Compass Staff

As our Inventor's Workshop friends continue to lean about seasons, they're also investigating bugs - as Spring is already upon us! Miss Alisha reads one of her favorite critter books in this video.

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

Homeschool Spirit Week!

E-Learning with Compass Staff

As we strive to support our families who are practicing social distancing during this difficult time, our Compass staff and students share their favorite books! Here Ms. Leia reads with her daughter, Nina, in English and Spanish.

#elearning #stayingconnected #socialdistancing

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The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe (super soft, lasts for months) | TinkerLab

Playdough is such a great medium for Early Learners to explore! Try making your own Playdough at home! Recipe below!

https://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough/

tinkerlab.com Make your own play dough (play-doh)! This is the BEST playdough recipe. It's non-toxic, easy to make with kitchen supplies, and will last for months.

time.com

The Secret to Keeping Kids Happy, Busy and Learning at Home

Great article from Time!

https://time.com/5803373/coronavirus-kids-at-home-activities/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Resources+For+Educators+During+This+Time&utm_campaign=COVID19+3+18+20+%28Copy%29

time.com School closures due to coronavirus have parents wondering what they're going to do all day

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Blog

https://fairydustteaching.com/blog/

Curriculum Resource to offer support to families who are practicing social distancing and working from home with their young children.
Fairydust Teaching Blog provides many wonderful Reggio Inspired experiences that support art, literacy, science and sensory and imaginative play that you can implement at home with your children.

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Virtual Field Trips

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic
While many of our families are practicing social distancing, we thought this App may be a fun way to experience our world from home!

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44128 Navajo Dr
Ashburn, VA
20147

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