Welcome back from vacation week! Our third trimester is off to a great start. We began our week by working through a team building initiative on "land skis" crafted by Paul. The goal was to walk from one end of a marked area to another in coordination with the other students on the shared set of wooden skis. This required concentration, communication, and teamwork, to say the least. Knowing ones left from right also came in handy! Students and teachers debriefed after this activity and shared discovery about what was difficult or challenging, what worked, and what didn't work. The intention is to repeat the land ski challenge and similar group challenge activities from time to time throughout the year as we continue our practice of Compassionate Communication and grow as a community of learners.
We traveled to Bretton Woods for our first of three Nordic Program days and took advantage of surprisingly wonderful snow conditions. After an hour of instruction, parent chaperones, teachers and students skied in the afternoon sunshine. Thank you chaperones, we couldn't do it without you!
The OSE Expedition for the month was designed by Leo and involved ice fishing at Streeter Pond. Paul, teacher and resident New Hampshire & Maine Guide, taught the OSE students about the sport of ice fishing. Tye, Ori, and Leo caught several perch, and Leo caught a beauty of a rainbow trout.
Journey categories generated this week included: Castles, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Cooking, Earthquakes, Flowers and Vegetables, Harry Potter, Light Bulbs and Electricity, Lost Treasures, Mining and Gems, Movie Making, Star Wars, Stars, Survival, Visual Arts, The Wild West, Wind, Clouds and Precipitation. Feel free to brainstorm ideas with your children, we have a rich array of options from which to make a final Journey selection next week!
We rounded out the week with Eden teaching the last in a series of health classes and OSE students making a trip to Maia Papaya to set goals for the third trimester. OSE goals this trimester centered around Language Arts skills, Geography and Math.
Thanks to our membership in the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and to the generosity of White Mountain School sharing their space, Woodland Community School hosted Troy Wunderlee of Circus Smirkus to begin our week! Students had a blast learning how to twirl plates, clown with human pyramids, use diablo sticks and lassoes, and there was no shortage of giggles and laughter to begin our Monday morning! Music with Priscilla and John Whitney continued followed by another glorious day on the snow at Bretton Woods. We hosted visiting teachers from Mountain Village Charter School in Plymouth, NH, as well as day one of parent-teacher-student conferences. A couple of lively and informative discussions about potential next Journey topics occurred and we have whittled the choices down to:
We concluded our Friday by doing some initial Open House prep work during Other Business including sign making and sprucing up our indoor spaces.