This last week the K-2 classes at Santaquin Elementary used dance and movement to help them review, learn, and remember information about the weather. As part of Nebo School District's GAINS (Growing Arts In Nebo Schools) program, Dance Specialist, Melanie Fillmore visited with these younger grades to model for teachers and provide for students a Dance Integrated learning experience. Using the natural energy and movement qualities inherent in weather students: Skipped a happy skip (sunny)Did swinging and swooshing movement side to side (wind)Floated gently while swaying (snow)Moved from high to low with their arms and body (rain)Stomped and clapped (thunder)Did big, energetic, fast jumps (lightening)and MORE. Students then acted as "meteorologists" and put the movements together in their own "5-day forecast." Students that move as part of their learning experience are shown to remember information better and retain it longer. Good job Santaquin Elementary!
Our kindergarten playground is under construction. Our outside kindergarten doors will no longer be accessible to enter and exit through.
The past few weeks we have been learning about the Civil War. The students started the unit by learning about slavery and the Underground Railroad. We read the picture book Henry's Freedom box about a man who mailed himself to freedom. The students then simulated mailing themselves to freedom, wearing disguises for the Underground Railroad, and making quilt squares. As we continued the unit, we began discussing the battles and generals that played a large role in the Civil War. Students dressed up as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, and Robert E Lee as we re-enacted some of the battle outcomes, the Gettysburg Address, and the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
This year our school was involved in a service project with the Friends of Utah County Childrens Justice Center. Mrs. Susan Davidson, a local community member, spearheaded our efforts to gather and deliver stuffed animals to the children.
In a letter from the Friends of Utah County Justice Center it reads, "Thank you so much for your support for the abused children in our community. Your recent donation of stuffed animals will be well used by the Utah County Children's Justice Center in behalf of the children and families who are served here."
Bring your child who will be in kindergarten next year to meet the teachers, see the classrooms and get your child excited for next year!
When: April 19th
Choose one session to attend: 10:30am or 2:00pm
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The second graders love QR codes and reading! So why not combine them? The second graders were excited to share and exciting project with their parents at Parent Teacher Conferences. Students selected their favorite book, wrote a book summary about it, turned it into a fun art craft and then recorded their voice telling about their book. Once everything was complete they turned their recording into a QR code. Parents enjoyed scanning the QR codes and listening to their child tell about their story. Three students from Ms. Camper's class taught all the classes how to use the Chromebooks to record their audio book talks. These students are currently training other students and classes throughout the school.