Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014

Session two is underway at Bristol Elementary, and students are immersed in a variety of activities.  Last week I was fortunate to be able to observe three out of the five amazing workshops being offered this session.  Check out the pictures of the clowning, cooking, and yoga workshops!

Two brave students lay side-by-side on the mat, as their peers preform amazing feats over them, including jumping, somersaults, round-offs, and cartwheels!  Students then get the chance to build and practice their juggling skills.  Emphasis is placed on form, in order to build the muscle memory and control needed for juggling.  In this workshop students are challenging themselves while building confidence and trust in themselves and their peers. And just look at the teamwork involved in cleaning up the mats!

This workshop was in such high demand that there are actually two groups being offered this session!  In one group, students are in the kitchen making Orange Fluff  (some of the ingredients include cool whip, jello mix, and marshmallows- yum!)  In the other group students are talking about the importance of measurement, and have the opportunity to practice comparing and measuring different amount of rice. Following directions (a.k.a. recipes) and measurement are two of the many skills that are being practiced in this workshop!


Students are learning and practicing several yoga postures, including "downward dog" and "table".  The blocks are used in a movement activity, where students are asked to place the block on different parts of their body, or stand and balance on the block (as seen below). The body awareness developed through games and a variety of activities makes this workshop engaging for the students.