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December 31, 2018

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January 2, 2019

We had our wonderful and so waited December Show. Our students and teachers had an amazing performance. The pictures will speak for themselves!

December 31, 2018

We had a blast watching our students performing last December 2018 at The Del Valle Theater!

Enjoy the pics!

June 9, 2018

It is always amazing how much we learn from visiting this wonderful super market every year. They kindly show us their bakery, allow us to even participate decorating a cake and watching them make bread and tortillas! Finally we were to enjoy some taquitos and horchata ... Delicious! Here some pics!

November 3, 2016

On October 31st we celebrated our "Día de las brujas" with a party and parade!!

Look up at the pics!!

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October 27, 2016

Every year we enjoy our Pumpkin Patch Fiel Trips, it is one of our MSV funniest traditions, we just simple love it! This October 2016 we decide to visit Shadelands PP. and as you all can see in the pics, We had a great time!

August 8, 2016

Introduction to Sculpture and Ceramic

This week-long class introduces young artists to drawing and coloring, designing and building. Imagine the possibilities! Two- and three-dimensional projects will incorporate techniques ranging from building, painting to paper-Mache, and learning to sculpt with found objects.

Projects will use both recycled and fine art materials to create unique and memorable works of art. The ceramics pieces in the pictures have being fired for first time and they will be glazed and fired again! Also we learned about different kinds of clay, low firing versus high firing, how to use underglazes and glazes, how to use the wheel and how to make small pots with it, etc.

Lots to do in just one week! Here some pics!

Here some pics using the wheel and carving out pots, exploring textures in our pots and also making pinching bowls only using our hands, clay and little water.

July 15, 2016

Become a Carpenter at MSV Summer Camps

From pieces of wood, small hammers, glue, and more, our carpentry (or woodworking) week teaches kids how to create projects using all these elements, resulting in unique pieces of art!


We started learning the basis such as: Using the tools - Hammer, drill, screwdrivers, etc. Nails and screws were fun and surprisingly hard to set at beginning.


In our first days we made from scratch a lovely sign. All our students made their own designs. We also made a wood/glass flower pot and finally a wood/plaster/wire sculpture!


Cutting, sanding, painting and designing was so fun!

Wood Signs Pictures made at our summer camp class!

Wood/Glass Flower Pot

June 9, 2016

Kindergarten to 4th Grade

Sewing is a valuable life skill for any child to learn. From practicing fine motor skills to increase problem solving to building self-esteem to nurturing design talent, sewing unlocks the doors to a variety of interesting projects and of course our very mission at MSV: Our after school students learning and continuing speaking Spanish vocabulary in a different and a fun way. Let’s begin with the basics.

Fundamental Skills

Our ancestors first taught children “plain sewing.” Before the sewing machine existed, everything a family wore was sewn by hand. Thus, it was important for as many people as possible to learn to sew early and often!

Start by providing a long hand sewing needle, some thread, andtwo squares of fabric for lesson one. Threading the needle, knotting the end, and stitching small running stitches through two layers of fabric held with right sides together is a basic skill essential to clothing construction. Explain how the finished row of stitches is...

May 27, 2016

For our MSV students is very usual to be involved during the day in different kind of sport, we do gymnastics twice a week in all the classes and in addition we have JUMP BUNCH, a group of instructors that with lots of fun and dedication introduce sport to our preschoolers.

 

Physical education and sport have an educational impact. Changes can be seen in motor skills development, performance and educational potential. This shows the positive relationship between being involved in physical activities and psychosocial development.

Sport and physical education is fundamental to the early development of children and youth and the skills learned during play, physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as:

  • Honesty,

  • Teamwork,

  • Fair play,

  • Respect for themselves and others, and

  • Adherence to rules.

It also provides a forum...

May 7, 2016

  14, 15, 16 March, 2016

 

Our March every year all our classes work in our mini-garden. Each child should bring a baby plant or seeds and 2 pounds bag of soil to sew it, according with the plant species or flower chosen, once it has grown to its actual size. From selecting our vegetables and flowers, preparing the earth and planting, and finally harvesting, gardening can be a wonderful way to involve our students in a healthy hobby.

 

It is important for children to get lot closer to the ground; to have an intimate relationship with the earth. Anything we can do to bring that non-descript terra firma to life is great!

 

Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow, responsibility as they see how necessary their care is to the garden, and even loss when flowers die at the end of a season. They learn also about nurturing a life and what it takes to keep something alive. It is an unforgettable...

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