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Hittin’ the trail

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As part of our Earth Day celebration this year, our students took a field trip to one of the beautiful trails here in Elkin. This trip was fun, educational, and most of all, a way for our school to give back to our community. The trails are such a valuable asset in our community. Our students enjoy using the trails and wanted to do a service project to benefit them. The Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) seeks to create and maintain a higher quality of life while boosting the local economy. The group focuses primarily on building and...

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How to design an outdoor classroom

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Over the summer, we will be moving into our new school building. That means that we will have lots of work to do up-fitting the new space inside and out. For our school, having an outdoor classroom is a critical part of our curriculum.  Joe, from West Depot Architecture, has been working with the students to design the new outdoor classroom. They started with a design charrette to define the project and to brainstorm ideas. First, they took a walk up to the new property so that they could see how the land slopes, which parts are in shade and...

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When coming in 38th is better than 1st

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When coming in 38th is better than 1st

If you know me, you know that I am competitive. So you might think that I would be upset that our Science Olympiad team came in 38th in the Battery Buggy competition this weekend. Not true. This is why I am so proud of our team. This is the third year that our school has participated in the NC Science Olympiad but the first year in the Middle School Division, which has a state tournament for the regional winners. Our Battery Buggy team placed first in the regional middle school competition at Wake Forest. So, this weekend the team of Henry...

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Wild about Wound Care!

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At the Yadkin Valley Community school, we take many field trips throughout the year. This week our student visited Prism as an extension of their study of the human body. I cannot say enough great things about the Prism staff! They were gracious, entertaining and knowledgeable. On this field trip, the students learned all about wound care through hands-on demonstrations and activities, giving them a chance to see a real world application for information they have learned about the circulatory system, skin, infections and cells. In addition to...

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10 ways to have a student-centered classroom

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10 ways to have a student-centered classroom

From its inception, the Yadkin Valley Community School has been inspired by the Montessori curriculum and philosophy. That means that when you walk into our school, you will notice several ways that it is different than a traditional public school. Our school is committed to a student-centered experience. “Standards work hand in hand with student-directed learning,” says Elizabeth Stage, codirector for science for the New Standards Project. “A standard is concrete, but there are probably a million ways to meet that standard.”   Here are...

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How does the digestive system work?

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The students are studying the human body this year. Having just finished the respiratory system, they are now moving on to the digestive system. Recently they had a hands-on lesson about the steps that take place during digestion, and I don’t think they will soon forget it. First, the food is chewed. The cup represents the mouth. The kids used their fingers as the tongues. They found that it was hard for their cup/mouths to chew without teeth, but this was a good way to demonstrate how the food begins to be digested. The food is mixed...

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Haunted School Yard

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Student Portraits – Part 1

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We are starting what I hope will be an amazing and thoughtful art project. The students will work on this project throughout the year and hang their final pieces in the Spring. We will be doing portrait photography. For those of you who didn’t already know, my degree is in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. So, photography, especially portrait photography, is very near and dear to my heart. Although it is not necessarily the most technically difficult, I personally believe it requires a more thoughtful approach than any...

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littleBits for the Classroom

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littleBits for the Classroom

Technology & Design class is a time for students to explore their creative sides while honing their engineering skills. It is our priority to prepare our kids for the rest of their education in high school and college as well as their future careers which will no doubt require them to be innovative, creative problem solvers. In the classroom, our kids will work with these littleBits STEAM sets to explore electric circuits through a series of guided and open inventions. These littleBits are electronic building blocks and the system is...

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Why teach kindness in school?

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Why should we teach kindness in school? Teachers have an awesome responsibility to mold the minds and hearts of our children. Cultivating kindness in the classroom improves school culture and supports learning, both academic and emotional. It is part of our mission at the Yadkin Valley Community School to teach the whole child. That means that each day we not only focus on academic lessons but also character-building lessons. Teaching kindness in the classroom results in: More positive attitudes towards others and themselves More positive...

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