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Monday, January 12, 2015

Building and Creating

As you may recall, you all (the parents) gave our crew a great gift at our Winter Party. You gave us a set of Keva Planks. I was so excited and now the crew is, too. (If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the short video clip below.)





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Keva Planks are great for all ages - Dads love them, too.

While we do use them everday during Exploration Stations in small groups, the crew began asking me if we could try to build something as a whole crew. So last Friday, we tried it. I dumped out all of the planks and then got out of the way so that they could plan, discuss and build.

A group leader emerged right away. He even used our attention getting signal of clapping to get everyone's attention.




Then another leader stepped up.


Now we had co-leaders. Ms. Wendy and I still stayed out of the discussion. It got tense a few times but they worked through all of their issues and made good decisions as a whole group. It was a great team building experience for the crew. A few children did opt out because they didn't like being in such a large group which was fine. I can completely understand their point of view.


Finally the building began.


We even had a blueprint to work off of.




And an updated blueprint.


The crew worked and worked but ran out of time to complete their castle (we had to go to Art). I promised them that we would have another group building session soon so at snack time a group sat together to plan out what they would do next time. They can't wait.

Thank you so much for this wonderful gift. As you can see, it is not only fun but it is a great educational tool as well teaching communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 5.10 Turn Around Facts

Important Dates
1/16 No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers
1/19 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
2/13 No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers
2/16 No School - President's Day
2/26 Winter Voyage ~ Day 1 - not an overnight trip (Day 2 will be in April - also not an overnight trip)
3/23 - 4/3 Spring Break

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