January News!

Sorry about the lack of communication lately.  There has been a lot going on!  Mica, our visitor from Argentina, is doing well and enjoying visiting our schools.  She has shadowed me at both schools and will be presenting to all students in Spanish classes soon. She has been impressed by the behavior of our students, which I find interesting.  It is fascinating to hear her thoughts and perceptions.

This quarter our focus is on innovation.  We have been talking about how innovation and invention are the same and how they are different.  We also learned a creative thinking strategy for innovation called SCAMPER.  Each letter in this acronym prompts them to think about change.  Ask your child to tell you what each letter stands for.  They were given the name of an object and asked to use this process to create an innovation.  There are lots of creative brains out there.  We also have been, or will be, talking about and watching some videos of really young inventors and how they were successful.  You never know, maybe this will inspire someone to market their idea!

We also continue to work on vocabulary enrichment through Wordly Wise.  Writing complete sentences when answering the passage questions, continues to be a challenge for some.  I will continue to be vigilant in my belief that they can and will learn to do this.  🙂

We have just completed our third Math Olympiad test.  I am impressed by the math thinking that goes with this.  The discussion that takes place after the test is amazing!  I really enjoy hearing their thought process, whether or not it led to the correct answer.

Be sure to look at the home page of our blog today and read about a new opportunity for all students, not just EY students.  Mrs. Spady has outlined an opportunity that may interest your child in the area of Science.  This is not a requirement, but simply another enrichment activity for those that are interested in the area of Science.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this or anything else.

That is all I have for now.  I am really enjoying working with your children.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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