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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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Try it. You might like it.

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This year, we are starting something new. It’s called “New Food Friday”. The idea is that, each Friday, someone (a parent, student, volunteer or teacher) will bring in a food for everyone to try. It will be something that most of the students probably have not tried before. This should be a really fun addition to our classroom, but it is also an important learning tool. Here are some of the benefits: Trying new foods expands their palates and helps them discover new flavors. This will encourage healthy choices. Eating...

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We Learned A Lot About Our Team

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Saturday was the BIG day…the NC Science Olympiad. Families from our little school-that-could departed for Lenoir Rhyne University at 6:30 a.m.  This was our first year competing. We had told ourselves for months that we were just doing it for the experience and that, if nothing else, we would learn a lot. We were by far the smallest team (in both number of students and stature). Typically, Science Olympiad teams are made up of 18 students in 4th , 5th and 6th grades…maybe a few 3rd graders. Our team included all 11 of our students,...

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Taking Control of their Education

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Setting goals…we all do it to some degree, right? We set short term goals like folding the laundry before we go to bed or going for a run every morning or finishing that book we started. We set long term goals for our careers or our families. But how did we learn to do that and when? As adults, we know that the skill of being able to set a realistic goal for yourself and to plot the steps to achieving that goal is critical to success in life. So how does this factor into early education? At the Yadkin Valley Community School, we believe that...

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learn with us

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learn with us

Registration is now open for the 2017/2018 school year. Space is very limited and applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Apply Now. 

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What a Perfect Week!

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Parts of the Body, Presidential Letters, Programming, Picture Studies and Public Speaking …What a perfect week!   Last week, like most weeks, was a busy one at the Yadkin Valley Community School. If you weren’t here, this is what you missed: Parts of the Body: We took a fieldtrip to Millis Regional Health Education Center to learn about the human body. The kids have been learning the internal and external parts of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Soon they will begin their study of the human body. This fieldtrip was a great...

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