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Escape Room For the Classroom

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Escape Room For the Classroom

Our classroom “Escape Room” began with a fake newspaper article. The article set the scene and led them to first clue. The clue was written backwards, and it was assumed that the kids would hold it up to a mirror. Instead, they flipped it over and held it up to the window to read it. They read, “If Kim is teaching, we are probably here. Use water to make the next clue appear.” This is the newspaper generator that was used to create the article.  This clue led them to the art area of the classroom, which is where Kim...

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Indoor Camping

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Last year, for our final field trip, we decided to go camping at New River State Park. Everyone enjoyed it so much that we adopted it as an annual tradition. As the date of this year’s camping trip neared, the kids grew more and more excited. They made plans for sleeping arrangements, a capture-the-flag rematch and prank wars between the girls and the boys. However, the weather just did not cooperate. Even though our annual spring camping trip did not go quite as planned, I think it was a big success! Due to cold temperatures and the threat...

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Collaborative Art

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Collaborative Art

I am a big fan of a collaborative art project. Before the doors of YVCS opened, we began working on a large canvas which read, “Together we can…” at the top. All the kids at school, as well as others in the community, had a chance to contribute their idea for the end of that sentence. Some painted words such as “dance”, “eat BBQ”, “make the world a better place” and “grow”. This piece of art has hung in our school for the past two years. It served as a reminder that, together we can make anything happen, including making this school a...

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Stone Soup

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I would consider our first attempt at making soup a success!   A couple of weeks ago, I read the book, Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth to the students. This is a Chinese folktale about three monks who teach a village a lesson about sharing and happiness. The monks trick the villagers into each contributing an ingredient to the “stone soup” they are making. In the end, the villagers come together to enjoy the soup that they all worked together to make. The soup was so tasty because they all contributed something and because they celebrated...

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Year of the Rooster

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One of our fantastic teachers, Lori Rice, lived in China for a while. So who better to give the children a lesson about the Chinese New Year? Because this year is the Year of the Rooster, the related art lesson was painting a rooster using a fork to make the texture of the...

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Not Just Playing Around

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Why should schools incorporate drama into their curriculum? Obviously plays are fun, and (most) kids enjoy doing them. However, there is much to be learned from these mini-productions. This year, we continued our tradition of putting on a winter performance for our parents and added a performance for the preschool students at the Presbyterian Church. So how do plays help children develop as young learners? Planning – The students are in charge. We are just here to help them realize their vision. The students planned out the sets, props and...

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Old Salem

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Old Salem

Our field trip to Old Salem in November was so much fun! The students learned about history and spent time in the gardens.          While at Old Salem, one of the farmers pulled a salsify root and explained to the kids that it is also known as the oyster plant because of its oyster-like taste when cooked. He let us bring the salsify back for that week’s “New Food Friday”. Per the Old Salem farmer’s suggestion, we turned the salsify into fritters, just as the original Old Salem settlers would have done so many years...

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Civil War Reenactment

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Below are some photos from our field trip to the birthplace of Major General J.E.B. Stuart, CSA to watch the Civil War...

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Learning through the 5 senses

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On Friday, October 21st, the students set out into the woods to learn about trees through their five senses. It was the perfect day as it was the first day this year that it has actually felt like fall. The air was crisp, the leaves were beautiful, and I was so excited that a couple of the kids asked me if I had too much coffee that morning. We walked the trail from Grassy Creek Vineyard to Byrd’s Branch Campground to learn about different types of trees, specifically conifers. As a special treat, Mr. D and Mrs. Lori were joined by Rick...

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Journaling for Kids

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  Journaling is a great activity for kids of all ages. Kindergartners can enjoy doodling, practicing letters or pasting in pictures. Older kids can choose to do an art journal, a writing journal or a mixture of both. This is a way for kids to get their creative thoughts onto paper. On our JOURNALS FOR KIDS Pinterest Board, we have shared some fun ideas. There are also many other excellent resources out there for helping your child get started. Here are just a few: The Benefits of Journaling for Kids Journaling for Kids 5 Reasons Why Kids...

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