What do you think of when you hear the word, “change“? Maybe you think about the jingly coins in your pocket, but you probably think about something that is different than it was before. Some people get nervous about change…. they want to keep things the same way they have always been.
This summer, I spent a lot of time at the Wittel Farm Growing Project in Elizabethtown. The primary work at the Wittel Farm is growing fresh fruits and vegetables to go directly into the food relief system in Lancaster County to help fight hunger. My role was to create a Monarch Waystation on the property; a small area of land planted with native milkweeds and nectar plants attractive to Monarch Butterflies. The goal is to help support this amazing species as they make their stops in PA throughout their migration.
Butterflies go through a magnificent change as they transform from egg to larva to pupa to butterfly. I considered it a privilege to witness these changes as we raised some Monarchs in our separate mesh-enclosed habitat at home. My sons and I found ourselves cheering them on as they reached milestones in their growth and transformation. Did you know that Monarch caterpillars shed their skin (molt) 4 times before finally transforming into their chrysalises? They need to — if you grew the same rate as a caterpillar, in two weeks you’d be the size of a school bus!
Finally, when metamorphosis is complete, there is a beautifully transformed butterfly.
Like the butterfly, we grow and change too. I wonder how you will grow and change this school year. Your body will change as you grow, but so will your brain as you make new connections and learn new things. Your relationships with others might change as you make new friends and deepen other friendships. The world around us has changed over the course of history and humans have learned from these changes. Especially now, in our digital age, some things are changing at a faster rate than ever.
This year, we’ll tie some of our activities and lessons during gifted support time to the theme of change. Some change is exciting; other times it may make us feel a bit unsure or nervous. But like the image of the butterfly, change is a natural part of living. I look forward to cheering you on as you transform and reach milestones this school year!
This year’s 4th Annual Elementary Gifted Expo was a success! We had approximately 40 students turn out on the evening of May 21 to share their independent investigations with a great audience of parents, teachers, family, and friends. Thank you for coming to support not only your child, but all the students who worked long … Continue reading Marking Period #4 Update
Is spring finally here? I am officially declaring it so. I think that students, parents, and teachers alike are ready for the fresh beginning of spring after a long, cold winter. Springtime, in gifted support, means that students are busy working on their independent investigations and multimedia presentations. Once again, this year, we have a … Continue reading MP #3 Update
Congratulations to our team of four, 4th & 5th graders who represented ELANCO at the IU13 STEM Bowl today. Mae, Meredith, Logan, and Jackson did a great job persevering through six rounds of Quiz Bowl style questions regarding all areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. They also worked together on several hands-on STEM challenges; … Continue reading Grades 4-5 STEM Bowl
Four 3rd graders recently attended the first every IU13 STEM Bowl. Our ELANCO team competed in three rounds of STEM related questions in the morning and enjoyed working together on a STEM related challenge in the afternoon. Academic competition like this is good for us — it makes us think, encourages us, and reminds us … Continue reading 3rd Grade STEM Bowl
We’ve made it through the holidays and into the midst of these winter months. I don’t know about you, but I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever have a full week of school again! I know the snow can inspire wonder and awe and be magical for our children (& for Katie, my … Continue reading End of MP #2 Update
Hello families – As we wrap up the first marking period of the 2017-2018 school year, let’s take a moment to recap what has been happening during our gifted “pull-out” time. Remember parents – students are participating in a class with other gifted peers once per five day cycle for 40 minutes. This occurs during … Continue reading End of MP #1 Update
“True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” ~Nikos Kazantzakis I love this quote. Each year, I like to capture students’ attention and guide our instruction and time together for pull-out by … Continue reading Welcome Back Friends!
Summer is a great time for students to continue to engage in activities and programs that spark their individual interests and help them grow in new and unexpected ways. Lancaster County is full of opportunities that provide summer enrichment for students. See the links and information below for some activities that might spark interest: IU … Continue reading Summer Enrichment Opportunities
This week students were introduced to the 7 Steps of Investigative Research and we began Step #1, Topic Selection. Once again, students will have the opportunity to take some ownership in their learning and select an area of interest/strength to research. This hard work of researching and finding new information and making it your own … Continue reading Gifted Expo is Coming — May 16, 2017!!