Lights, Camera, Action!
We had a special treat this week-Drama with Charleston Stage! Professional actor/educators introduced our students to the exciting world of the theatre. Students explored the craft of acting through improvisation and games and learned the discipline of performing using their three actor’s tools; the voice, the body, and the imagination. The goal of Charleston Stage’s acting classes is to provide young people with performance, public speaking and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose.
Wild about Bugs and Insects
We launched our very exciting bug and insect unit in Science this week. Monday afternoon, students explored bug specimens and books about bugs. In a Morning Meeting, students shared what they know or wondered about bugs and/or insects. Writing is integrated into Science as students are writing small moment stories about an encounter with a bug or insect. We are so eager to read their finished work! Our garden and backyard have been serving as an outdoor classroom with many fascinating things for us to explore. This study will culminate in a presentation for parents in November!
Breathe In, Breathe Out
In our Monday morning whole school meeting, students across grades were prompted to think about ways they can keep themselves calm in stressful situations. 1st Grade students have been learning and practicing self-regulation through breathing exercises. They also learned about the parts of the brain; the prefrontal cortex (the “wise leader”), the amygdala (the “security guard”), and the hippocampus (the “saver of memories”). After a review of the role that each part plays, students gained an awareness that conscious breathing allows them to calm their minds and bodies, navigate and manage their feelings in constructive ways, and ultimately be more engaged and more successful.
Thursday, September 27th 1st-5th Grade Curriculum Night, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Friday, October 12th 11:30 Dismissal
Monday, October 15th Make-Up School Day