Posts by YVCS2015

Real Life Challenge

In the elementary class, students have many practical life lessons including preparing snacks, sewing, hammering and much more. In the middle school class, students also do many of the same practical life lessons, but on a more advanced level. New this year, the Real Life Challenge was introduced to 6th through 8th grade students. This lesson includes: 1. Finding a...

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Building Strong Minds

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” Socrates This week our middle school students experienced their first Socratic seminar. Socratic seminars are collaborative, intellectual conversations centered around a text. The students spent the week interacting with the short story “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan. They...

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Hands On Learning

Hands On Learning

Materials Handmade with Care Imagine, as a young student, coming into a classroom that feels like it is prepared especially for you. There are beautiful materials on low shelves that are interesting and inviting. Imagine finding materials that are handmade, just for you with care and attention to every detail. That’s what we are blessed with in our lower...

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Fair vs. Equal

Fair vs. Equal

What is the difference between treating people equally and treating people fairly? That’s what the “Band-Aid Lesson” is all about. Through this interactive and engaging lesson, out students found out that equal doesn’t always mean fair. Mrs. Freeman invited all her students to come to the center rug. Then she asked the children to imagine...

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Inspiration from a local artist

Inspiration from a local artist

On the last day of the school year, we took one last trip up to the Foothills Arts Council. We take the kids there periodically to look at the artwork and to create their own art. The visit on Friday included a special treat, a Q&A session with local artist Geoffrey Walker. When we arrived, Geoffrey was casually playing the piano that sits in the gallery at the...

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