What’s New At Wildflower
Some news from Emily’s class:
We are learning about inventions and about a creative thinking technique called “SCAMPER”. It helps you when you brainstorm to come up with more and different ideas that you might not think of originally. It’s stands for substitution, combine, adapt, magnify, put to other uses, eliminate and reverse. We’ve come up with ideas such as button chain mail, elongating scissors, buttons that stick together and make a body rocket, and disco- ball dice that has light that goes through the holes. For homeschooling, each student will think of at least a 100 invention ideas, develop 1 idea and create a prototype. Afterwards, the class will work with a graphic designer to create a logo and ad campaign for their product.
“We’ve been making toboggans in Cheryl’s class with Kai, one of the dads of a kid in our class. We’re making two toboggans. Right now we’re making the stringers. The stringer is a piece of wood that goes down the middle of the sled. It used to go down the whole length, but now it only goes part way. The stringer is used for strength and it makes the toboggan stiffer.
Because we’re making toboggans we’ve been learning about friction, like how it slows you down, and gravity, and some of Newton’s Laws, like: A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by another force. And: For every action there’s an opposite and equal reaction. For tobogganing, this would be like when you push off and you keep going forward. We’re making the toboggan out of polyethylene. Polyethylene is really slippery so it reduces friction and makes the toboggan go faster. It is also made from recycled milk jugs, there’s a fun fact for you!
When they’re done we’re going to take them out to test them at Rosemont Golf Course, or somewhere with a big hill.”
-Felix (11) and Liam (11) explaining their class’ toboggan making project to me.
Check out the time lapse video of the process so far!
“We made cookies for the Nelson Food Cupboard. These cookies are for food hampers, in the spirit of Christmas.”
(Findlay, student in Janet’s class, explaining recent donations the class made to the food bank.)
“It’s hard work, but I love them.”
The students worked away on mittens for the month of November, learning traditional beading, following patterns, assembling pieces and stitching. So much stitching.
While they stitched they chatted, talking about how someone special is going to love these mittens. Talking about the snow, and recess, and how they would probably wear their mittens skiing one day. Sometimes it was impossibly hard, sometimes there were tears, and often I watched students put down their own mittens to help someone else. Warm mittens for warm hearts.
Happy Holidays to everyone from Barb & Krista’s Leadership Academy.
Emily’s class is investigating the relationship between life and art this year. We have been exploring ancient civilizations with a focus on the arts. Greek pottery and Greek mythology are examples that gave evidence of daily life and affected life, both then and now. Students finished their Greek pottery each having symbolism from their favorite myth. Now, we are creating murder mysteries set in different ancient civilizations. Groups are creating evidence (written and multimedia) to help the other groups solve their mysteries.
Cheryl and Emily’s class had a wonderful time releasing White Sturgeon into the Columbia River today. Student’s learned interesting facts about these amazing animals and listened to a local guest speaker talk about sturgeon. The classes also had an adventure around Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park in Castlegar before going to the Hugh Keenleyside Dam. If you would like to see how the sturgeon is doing that your child released, visit http://www.uppercolumbiasturgeon.org/
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It was an exciting day at Wildflower today! Thank you to Faith Garriok for joining us this morning to do a Destination Imagination workshop! In addition, a big thank you to Cheryl’s Leadership group for organizing a school talent show! Everyone did an amazing job! Check out the photo’s below!
Phase 2 of the playground will be starting the week of May 5th.
March 3, 2014
Master Dean was at Wildflower School demonstrating Tae Kwon Do skills and delivering an anti-bulling “justice” message.
Big thanks to everyone who helped put this on!
February 12, 2014
BAKE SALE TODAY! Krista’s leadership group has organized a bake sale to support our local Bird-Of-Prey rescuer, Tammy Swan. The bake sale will take place today during recess, lunch, and after school. Come on by and bring a loonie or toonie!
February 11, 2014
Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the Salmo Ski Night fundraiser on Saturday! It looked like everyone had a wonderful time!
January 7th, 2014
Welcome back everyone!!! Check out our new “Wildflower PAC” page by clicking the above tab.
At Wildflower Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Love Your Brain
Former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce is now an inspirational survivor, sports commentator, motivational speaker and advocate for brain injury and Down syndrome. The Kevin Pearce Fund supports organizations that enrich and enhance the lives of families and individuals affected by brain injury, Down syndrome, and other challenges.November 19th, 2013
A Spooook-tacular Halloween!
Our little Wildflower zombies made the news! Check out the Thriller Flash Mob video below!
Cheryl’s classroom held a storytelling festival on Thursday, October 17th. Inside decorated tents, each child told a story to a listening audience of parents and children. Some students used props, while others used only their voices to emphasize their stories. This event links to the class’s larger theme on culture. The class’s next step will be to look at the role between stories and technology. For example, the transformation of oral stories to graphic novels. Thank you to Cheryl, the parent volunteers and all the wonderful students for putting on such a fun event!
October 10, 2013
Check out this Harvest Rescue Video! As a follow-up to this story, the Wildflower School students dehydrated all the fruit at school, then weighed and bagged it and will now be delivering it to the Nelson Food Cupboard. Great job everyone!!