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!!
Many of the books on our “Excellence in Reading” list are now considered public domain. Public domain refers to intellectual property or works (pieces of literature, music, art, text) whose copyright rights have expired — making it now available to the public as a whole. Project Gutenberg is a free, online e-book resource that provides … Continue reading Project Gutenberg
from Pixabay The New Year is always a great time for a fresh start… and often a time for new beginnings. Why not challenge yourself in the New Year with a goal to read some classic literature? The Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading program does just that. Students may choose books for their reading … Continue reading Excellence in Reading
3rd & 4th graders recently made great little online characters of themselves. These characters are called vokis. As we examined the lives of successful people who journey, we also discovered traits that we possess that will also help us on our learning journeys. Check us out below! Blue Ball Students: Summer’s Voki Luke’s Voki Kate’s … Continue reading 3rd & 4th Grade Vokis
On our first day of gifted support time this year, we will talk about different kinds of journeys, what characteristics/qualities one needs to go on a journey, and where your journey has taken you so far. I also want to know what you did over your summer journey! Take a quick look at my summer … Continue reading My Summer Journey