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August 2017 The Dream Classroom

Our students are beginning the school year creating their very own classroom community… a “Dream Classroom”.  All students from Pre-K to 3rd grade are planning,  problem solving, collaborating, and creating a classroom design(s). Students are working on issues (such as behavior management, class jobs, etc.)  that require them to make their own decisions while addressing various ‘classroom’ issues or topics that arise. Students will be incorporating skills acquired in reading, writing, and math while working to solve the problems faced. As the children work to create their “Dream Classroom”, there will be opportunities for independent work as well as partner collaboration.  The final product will be based on each student’s imagination, creativity, and knowledge base.

The “Dream Classroom” was chosen for our first project, because I want our students to understand that classrooms should function as a positive community environment. Even though our class does consist of  multi-aged children, different learning levels, and a variety of learning styles—it is important to understand that we can all function together as a cohesive unit. I look forward to seeing the final product and to a great year! We are definitely off to a wonderful start!!

Life Cycles In April

It’s hard to believe that April is already here!  It will be a very busy month at Brenwood.  Students will be visiting Dahlonega Gold Mine for an exciting and educational day.  They will experience the thrill of gold panning and discover the history of how mining affected different parts of the United States.
In class, students will be learning about different life cycles.  They will watch caterpillars hatch into butterflies, and they will also be hatching chicks!  Students will take complete responsibility as far as researching the process of incubation and charting the growth development of the chicks.  They will also come up with a plan of how to take care of the chicks once they hatch.
I can’t wait to watch these young learners take charge of this experience!

Endangered Animal App February Projects

The elementary students are in the midst of completing an endangered animal research project.  They are each creating an app designed to inform users of the endangered animal of their choice.  Students are learning about the white rhino, the mountain gorilla, the mexican wolf and many more endangered animals.
Last week, we were visited by a boa constrictor named Nicola, a western hognose snake named Digglet, and an axolotl named Barry.  If you don’t know what an axolotl is, please look it up.  They are amazing.
Next month, all students will begin to learn the recorder!  It will be exciting to watch these young students turn into little musicians.

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