Announcement everyone!! We're doing something exciting in class, and you are able to support your children in this at home! 😁 I have given our class a challenge ~ anyone who can recite the times table to 12 on May 9th will receive a special prize! When you have a few down minutes here and there, would you consider going over a few facts with your child? This could be really fun! And it will make their math work SO much easier if they have their multiplication facts down pat. Here we go!
Upper Elementary are excited to perform Alice in Wonderland at the beginning of May. They have received their roles and ready to have rehearsals. They have also started reading groups. Group #1 is reading Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls, Group #2 is reading The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage.
This is from the FaceBook page of one of our instructors - an experience she had today. It encapsulates the wonderful environment the staff at PSA is working so hard to create: a place where kids are free to move about the room (without disrupting others, of course), have access to stimulating materials, and are given the encouragement and support to integrate their skills with _actual life_!
"A proud teacher moment today:A student finished their work early, so they chose to pick up the book on New York left on display in the room. I asked them to find something interesting and tell me about it, and a picture of Trump was stumbled upon."When did this book come out?! It must be new, because Trump is in it!"This led to a discussion on why Trump is famous, even as "far back" as 1992 when the book was published. This then led to the statement,"Wow! He must be OLD!" So I asked them to figure out how old Trump is. They found his birthdate in the book, and I demonstrated how to use the current year and his birth year in a subtraction problem to determine the answer. 71 this year."Wow. He IS old."Haha! This is now a random fact, probably ingrained in this student, because it was a mini research project conducted of their own interest.This is my mission next year. To create an environment where THIS is the norm. Where students have the time to explore the world and make it meaningful to them. I can't wait.
In honor of school spirit week, eight of the eleven upper elementary students were asked their thoughts on PSA!