This week was our first week with all 4 teachers in the room! It was a great success and the students have been having a blast. A highlight from the week was a cultural performance we attended by Tony Vacca and Abdou Sarr on West African music. It was a blast! We also ended our week with a "hands-off" play time (play without the encircling structure of adults). The idea behind this time was to have students bring in toys from home, and naturally come up with their own imaginary play. Free play is such an important part of developing children. Unstructured play encourages skills such as: cooperation, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and creativity. I encourage you all to even just Google "The power of play" and read through some articles highlighting its importance, and interesting statistics.
We had a wonderful trip to the Sugar Shack in Weston! We were able to see how true farmers prepare to make loads of maple syrup! Of course they let us taste some too. I think this was one of their favorite parts!