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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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Around the World in 5 Days

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This week, we studied a different culture every day. This was a true community effort. We had speakers come to our school, and we went to the Elkin Public Library on Friday. Learning about people, cultures and traditions from around the world is important for understanding our global community. It helps bring us closer together and promotes peace. Also, as the children grow older, a sense of global awareness will become even more important to their education and ultimately their future careers. Our students had so much fun learning about...

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Gullah Inspired Art

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Have you ever heard the word “Gullah”? Most of our kids had not until a couple of weeks ago. The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in the Lowcountry regions of Georgia and South Carolina, which includes both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. Recently, our Friday art class was centered around learning about the Gullah people including their history, language, music, food and, of course, artwork. I brought in a few paintings that I had purchased while living in Beaufort, South Carolina to serve as inspiration. We...

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2016 Parent Survey

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In January, we sent an electronic survey (see survey questions below) to all of our parents. The goal was to find out how the parents and the students were feeling about their experience at the Yadkin Valley Community School. The results were very positive. We were thrilled to find out that 100% of the respondents would recommend the school to others, and 100% of the respondents feel that their child is being loved and nurtured while at school. It was also nice to see that eight of the nine respondents rated their overall satisfaction a 10...

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The Many Lessons of Snowflake Bentley

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Recently, on our regular Wednesday trip to the Elkin Public Library, the students heard the story of Wilson Bentley as Ms. Wendy read the Caldecott Award winning book, Snowflake Bentley. The book inspired us to dig a little deeper and find out more about this man who captured more than 5,000 snowflakes in his lifetime. We checked out the companion video from the library and also found a great documentary (“The Snowflake Man”)  on YouTube. After watching the videos, we discussed as a class what it must be like to be the first...

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“Spit” – you say?

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“Spit” – you say?

Landforms: What is a spit? With landform three-part cards, students learn to identify, label and define various landforms. A control book is used for the students to self check work for...

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