Friday, February 10, 2017

Great Adventures!


We shared rip-roaring adventures this week. Ask your child to retell Homer's Odyssey, Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo or Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda. All absolutely thrilling tales!!

We also watched Nilsson's The Point (1971) about a boy and his dog who were banished for being different and forbidden by law to return. A charmingly relevant tale. 

The kids were tasked in science to make a contraption that included a lever and fulcrum. Aside from the simple slingshot, a couple kids made clever games of skill.

Optional IXL math work could be K.4-K.6 and L.1-L.4.

READ! whenever possible.

And, as always, ask questions about learning in school so in school learning has more relevance. Believe it or not, some kids still come to school to just play. Seriously. I'm not kidding. They get dressed, eat breakfast, grab a bag with school supplies, make the commute, come through several doors and then prioritize play over learning.

I'm always asking the group. "Does that make any sense? A kid coming all this way to not make an effort to learn (e.g. paying attention)?" Of course they say, "No, Mr. Johnson" and we push on. But I know the deal. They're eightish. I get it. I was eight too. School was fun. The future (even fourth grade) was an abstract concept.

But, each day (arguably moments) we have great learning opportunities that require little more than calm attention. So, if a child is playing all the time, at home and at school, what's the point of school? I say let's have a fantastically fun time learning in school, with generous amounts of time to play during breaks or even in class on occasion.  I need you to share and echo this thinking.

"What's the point of going to school, if you only go to play or lack a useful effort to learn?" If you're not asking your child about school in such meaningful terms, why should my student see the larger value of knowledge (i.e. to creatively contribute to the greatness of our universe) and truly care about classroom learning?

Okay, enough with the weekly thought! Right?

Have a fun weekend. It's time!


1 comment:

  1. Very true Don, learning is the point and its fun too:-) Nice to to hear what's going on in grade 3. Keep up the good work...