Monday, May 22, 2017

Fun in the Sun :)

Beeman is thrilled with all of the warm weather!! We love that every day we are able to get outside and move our bodies in a space that is so beautiful and well cared for.

In GOTR we have begun really seriously training for our 5K. Girls have been working hard independently, even on weekends, doing conditioning work and running with mothers, sisters, and more. Lots of girls share that they have also been taking their love of the conditioning work we do to their homes. Many girls are doing sets of 30 squats, one minute planks in various formations, and as many as 30-40 push ups in a practice. GREAT work girls (and families)! 

Outdoor club has spent time exploring the woods, building forts, identifying flowers, tress, leaves and insects. They also spend a great deal of time moving around and perfecting their skills as a team. One of the natural lessons that has emerged from the K-3 group is that because there is such diversity in ages there is an opportunity for teaching, mentorship and practice that doesn't always exist when students are all the same age. This week students will get back to survival skills and exploring more in the woods and with our outdoor classroom. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Yee Haw it's a Bike Rodeo!!!

Bristol's own Melanie Kessler designed and organized a Bike Rodeo for students at Bristol Elementary. Community members volunteered to support students and Bristol police was on hand to answer questions and help fit bike helmets. The sun was out and it was a great day for a rodeo!!




Melanie leads a biking workshop for Bristol ELP. These students are preparing for the Human Powered Parade this Saturday. They are creating flags, posters, and decorations for their human powered machine!! They also practice their biking skills by biking as a group around the school and town.  Please join us for the Parade this Saturday at 11am or meet us at 10am at the Bristol skate park for a pre parade skate show


Monday, May 15, 2017

Animal Sculptures and Story Time

At this time of the school year it's nice to have programs that give the kids the chance to chill out during their workshops.  Our Dive Into Art and Laura Ingalls Wilder workshops do just that.  Our fearless leaders, Jodi McLeod and Jill Schoendorf, do a great job of giving the kids simple projects and plenty of freedom to follow their noses.  

A bit of reading mixed in with some light necklace making.

Everyone needs a bean bag chair.

The beginning of a mosaic.

Just a Bennett and his cobra!


Check back in soon for more from the last two weeks of ELP.

~John


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Read and Run



K-2 students at LCS have been enjoying Sabrina's "Read and Run" workshop every Monday and Wednesday.  Each day. students are treated to hearing several storybooks read aloud to them.  The books selected are based on themes, and include morals.  Students then play games or do activities related to the books.  It's a great combination of stillness and movement for this age group!



Students read the book Castaway Cats by Lisa Wheeler, and then were given the challenge of crossing the "lake" with "stepping stones".  Each person gets one stepping stone, each stepping stone can hold only one person, and everyone needs to get across.  These first and second graders figured out how to do it.  Can you?!



Students practiced "untangling" themselves from a human knot!

Students read a modern version of  The Tortoise and the Hare, and then went outside to reenact the race, taking turns being the tortoise and the hare.  That way everyone was a winner!



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

We are trying to get OUTSIDE at ELP even though this week has been drizzly and kind of cold.  The kids are totally up for it and it brings an extra dimension to workshops if they can take their activity to the playground, outdoor classroom, or even down to Lewis Creek!  The kids can definitely smell summer vacation around the corner so getting them out into the elements helps release that cooped up indoor energy!

Speaking of summer, our ELP Summer Program is open for applications.  I am so excited for our summer program this year.  We are going to have a blast with activities such as basketball, mini-golf, paper mache, side walk art, painting, robotics, and lego building.  With such a range of interesting topics available your kid is guaranteed to have a great summer!

Forms are going home for a second time tomorrow but if you need more copies and details you can find them at the bottom of this link:

https://sites.google.com/site/anesuelp/home/summer-1

Enjoy some photos from this week and check back in soon!

~John
Dive Into Art make model magic creations on the steps.


Jill and Oren work on a woven blanket in the Laura Ingalls Wilder workshop.
On the home stretch with Girls On The Run!

Caught making a blanket!
Chess, Chess, glorious Cheeeeeesss!

GOTR coming in for a water break!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Outside!

Greetings from Beeman!

We have been absolutely THRILLED with the warming temperatures and sunny skies. Both Girls on the Run and Outdoor Club have been  getting outsides and enjoying all of the beauty that surrounds our wonderful school. Students in outdoor club worked on getting to know one another last week through fun and high energy games such as Spud. This week they began working on outdoor camping skills, students worked collaboratively to pitch tents and problems solve tricky situations that sometimes arise when setting up camp.

In Girls on the Run we have been working to improve ourselves physically, emotionally and socially. There has been a great emphasis on empathy and friendship in the past week where we have spent time thinking about ways we can be more empathetic to people that frustrate us. We have also further explored what makes an ideal friend and what qualities we should see to embed in ourselves to also be good friends. The team is doing an impressive job of setting personal lap goals for themselves and really pushing themselves during conditioning work. Many girls have already worked up to holding a plank for 1 minute or more and are enthusiastic for core work and squats, what AWESOME habits to establish at a young age!













Monday, April 17, 2017

Starksboro Chess Team Represent!

Chess has been a big part of ELP since Mike Gray showed up with a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies and a dozen chess sets under his arm.  Mike has coached youngsters of all ages in the art of chess and we have been so lucky to have him as Starksboro's coach for the past 4 years.  Two weekends ago Mike and ELP's Jill Schoendorf led ten die hard chess followers to the K - 12 Vermont State Chess Tournament in Berlin.  They competed against kids in their grade from all over the state.  There were over 200 competitors and I believe that we were the only school with team shirts (and a coach with cookies)!  None of our kids had ever competed in a tournament like this before and they certainly held there own!

Check out these amazing photos from the tournament.








Stay tuned for more from Session 5.

~John

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Wrap of Session 4

The Photos Speak For Themselves

I have no words.  Well, I guess I have a few.  This was such an awesome week.  We had cyborgs chasing the mad scientists who created them, bobble head comic heroes being drawn, ancient African villages being built, patterns being woven, cows learning math, and so much more!  I'm so proud of all our kids, leaders, and staff.  Session 4 was a smash hit!  I'll let the photos speak for themselves...












Stay tuned for more madness from Robinson ELP as Session 5 kicks off next week!

~John