Clint's Update 2-13-19

posted Feb 13, 2019, 11:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Going Outs

Yaeko, Jude’s mom, has been volunteering in the class to help students plan Going Outs. Cody’s group successfully visited OMSI and Marin’s group was able to visit the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City. Yaeko is currently helping other groups plan their own Going Outs.

Going Outs are designed to foster independence and resourcefulness, and give children important real-life experiences. As students pursue greater depth in their work, they find the need to step outside of the classroom to gather additional information. In this instance, the group decided to visit a museum to better learn about the Oregon Trail and interview a specialist about how they prepare their exhibits.

Trips are typically planned by a small group of students engaged in a specific type of work or research. Through the teacher's assistance, but ultimately on their own, students must plan their own trip, arrange transportation, and make necessary appointments. These Practical Life experiences place the responsibility on the students and allow them to develop vital communication and organizational skills.

End of the Year Trip Update

As the parent committee prepares to meet on Thursday, February 21, the team of students are working with Jenny Flanders (Briana’s mom) to start thinking about fundraising and food sign up.

Rain Gear

If your son or daughter is interested in playing in the rain, they should have appropriate rain gear. Without the appropriate rain gear the options for playing outside are limited to the small covered areas.

Oregon History Curriculum Update

Students have been reading through various historical texts to get a better understanding of the purpose behind the Aerotril Project.  The connections that are being made are remarkable and the students have decided to create a Jeopardy-style quiz show to test classmates’ knowledge of the reading material.

Art Class

The art teachers have been supporting our study of the human skeletal system by teaching students “figure drawing,” proportions and symmetry, and sketching facial features. The level of sophisticated drawing has really taken off this year with the help of Melanie and Pete.