February is the shortest month of the year...with a half day and a vacation packed in to make even SHORTER!
February began the 600s section of our Dewey Decimal trip through the library of life. Our weekly themes were inventions, and architecture, broken up by our February vacation theme of "Living Our Best Lives"!
We had a half day on February 6th, which
Charlotte offered a creative car making project with some recycled materials that saw the kids making some creative life size vehicles...
We capped off the half day with
Chris and Charlotte's Magic Club show! The kids worked hard all session learning tricks and got to present to parents and peers!
Over the vacation our theme was "Living Our Best Lives." Tuesday was "mind and spirit" day were we did some focused meditation! On Wednesday, we focused on "Community" and making ours better!
Charlotte and a few students made a thank you card for the school's often forgotten but hard working custodians, and
Alex and a few of the kids made Good Vibe rocks to place around town!
On Thursday, we had "Physical Well Being" day, highlighted by a field trip to an indoor rock climbing place and ninja gym!
Upon returning to the program,
Nescarly and Ruth allowed the kids to "keeeeeeeeep sweating!" with fitness icon Richard Simmons, which is always a fun time! If you would like your child featured in the next newsletter- send me a picture of them in the most glittery, sweatbandy, over the top Richard Simmons outfit you can cobble together! Bonus points awarded if parents are involved...after all- it IS "Dancing to the Oldies" :)
For inventions week,
spent a day talking about one of her favorite people in history: Louis Pasteur! Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist who invented vaccines for rabies and anthrax, as well as figured out how allow items like milk to keep longer by heating it to eliminate pathogens that contributed to the product spoiling. This process is now called pasteurization! Maureen let the kids act out major breakthroughs that Pasteur came up with!
For Archetecture week, both Chris and Zack allowed the kids to be creative and visualize as they built structures. Chris displayed the the load bearing abilities of different shapes by stacking blocks on top of various three dimensional paper shapes, while Zack had the kids try to build the tallest structure with materials in the room!