Thursday, January 12, 2017

Session 3 Kicks Off!


"You are in Alaska on a snowmobiling trip when suddenly your equipment breaks down. A storm is coming and you must make shelter..." These are the opening words of the Outdoor Excursion Club... The students are absolutely riveted and eager to hear their role in this exciting story. Session three leader Jared Danyow assigns them to build shelters in teams with a set of expectations. The shelter must have a fire pit, room for at least two people, have a designated sleeping area, a walkway and insulation. Students dove into this with both feet and have spent this week eagerly erecting their shelters. We are off to a great and exciting start!

Meanwhile in film club... Students are creating their very own characters to cast in a collaborative movie. As I came into this session I was guided there by the animated voices of children interjecting their ideas in a rapid fire succession. Shawn handles this eager group with a calm demeanor and a strong sense of humor. It is sincerely a delight to sit in on this group of grade 3-6 students who are all eagerly imagining a script and film that we can't wait to see!












Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wrapping Up Session 2 at Beeman!

It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up our second session of ELP this year, where has the time gone?! We have really enjoyed learning new games, songs, and about different cultures for these first two sessions at Beeman Elementary. This week we will be celebrating our time together by bring both Travel to Africa and Card Club together so that we can share our learning with one another.

Card Club is going to be teaching the K-3 group how to play 21! We are really looking forward to playing this game together and hearing from the Card Club all of the cool games they learned and played this session!

Travel to Africa is going to teach the Card Club an African game called “Mbube Mbube”. This is a game where students are in a circle and two volunteers go to the middle. One is blindfolded while the other is not, the circle then quietly chants mbube increasing their volume as the blindfolded person comes closer to the person who is free. Students really enjoyed this game and learned about it’s origins in Africa.








Monday, December 19, 2016

Well, Look At THAT!! 

The optical illusion class are doing so many cool projects. Every time I visit this class I am amazed by the focus and the excitement for what is being created. This week the class was making their own kaleidoscopes. The finished product was amazing and beautiful - they really worked!
Check out the pictures below to see them in action.









Friday, December 16, 2016

Beating the Temps :)

Brrr! This week we had our first day where we were not able to go outside due to the below zero temperatures... Fortunately we had our awesome teachers leading us in alternative activities that helped us to forget the cold! Mr. Flood's group focused on students selections this week and I was excited to get in on a very boisterous game of UNO. Students have grown really close in this small group of students, many of whom have been in both sessions one and two. They are courteous and positive about both winning and losing and have gained some serious skill since the fall, bravo!

Africa put the finishing touches on their drums this week and made some seriously cool art! They used their hands to print on black paper and then filled in the hands with designs similar to parts of Southern Africa where this is a large part of their culture and their style.

Both groups are really looking forward to next week when we will join together and share games and songs from our workshops this session!




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December Festivities at Robinson

We've had some amazing weeks so far in December at the Robinson ELP Program.  Workshops like Violin 2, Crazy 8's, and Spanish Theater have been churning right along and some impressive things have been created, discovered, and learned!  We wrap up Session 2 next week and are looking forward to the 3rd Session that starts up on January 9th after the break.

BREAKING NEWS!!!  There will be a performance from the musicians in Violin 2 at MARS on Wednesday, December 21st at 8:00 AM.

Here are some shots from the past few weeks, enjoy!

Dream Catchers starting to take form in Mixed Media Art

Dos chicas getting taking a break between scenes in Spanish theater.

CRAZY 8 SUPERSTARS!!!

A glowing creation from Olders' Crazy 8's....what is that???
Stay tuned for more from Robinson ELP and have a wonderful Holiday Break!



Monday, December 12, 2016

Beeman Catching Up

Last week was another wonderful week at Beeman! I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with the card club and play some of their games with them. They have been learning Spit, Gin Rummy, 21, and by popular request War. Students have been really enjoying working together and sharing their new games with other friends in school! Travel to Africa has been learning new games and songs as well as making projects. I love that each workshop I spend with this crew they are always involved and invested in what they are doing. This past week students worked with paper mache and paint to create their own drums!






Sunday, December 4, 2016

This weeks spotlight on Movement and Nutrition at Bristol

This week we visit our Movement and Nutrition class taught by Kristi Bedard. Each time I visit this class I have a hard time leaving because I end up having so much fun, I know the kids are enjoying it as much as I am! This week Kristi introduced vegetable twister, favorite food memory, and yoga.

The favorite food memory game gave the students a great opening to talk about the fresh food that they enjoy eating.  All the kids felt proud that they had a favorite healthy food! 

Vegetable twister!!! The kids enjoyed twisting their bodies while learning their vegetables, so fun!

 
 The kids ended their day with more movement by learning some yoga. With soft music and dimmed lights the children learned yoga poses to help them center and calm their bodies.