Monday, May 13, 2013

Sneak Peek - Part 1

Our Kinder / First Grade Enrichment Clusters are now in full swing, and our learners are busy exploring everything from simple machines to fossils, and constellations to chemistry!  They are excited about learning and are beginning to prepare to celebrate that learning at the Kinder / First Grade Enrichment Cluster Showcase taking place on Friday, May 31st.  Keep reading for a preview of some of the excitement that will be part of that special day.



Woodworking Wizards are using their measuring skills to design and create decorative chalkboard doors to be used as message boards at Austin Elementary.










Trash to Treasure Enrichment Cluster members created a mustang collage out of up-cycled magazines.  Their friends in the Woodworking Wizards Cluster then agreed to create a frame for this beautiful piece of art.  I can't wait to see the final product!

This group is learning all about the importance of conservation as they explore the many ways we can reuse and recycle Earth's natural resources.  As part of this exploration, these young learners are excitedly creating paper bead necklaces using magazines as their primary resource.  






In Tinkering with Toys, kindergarten and first grade learners are exploring the art of invention, design and engineering as they deconstruct old toys, using what they find to create their very own inventions.  Through these explorations, they are gaining an understanding of simple machines and how they are used to make our lives easier.







We may be seeing the birth of some future sportscaster careers as the young learners in Sports Center: Austin Style explore the skills necessary to design, create, and produce a sports centered newscast.  These young sports reporters are learning to write scripts, interview, film, edit, and so much more as they work together to produce the first ever Austin Elementary sports cast.   They hope to share their final product with the learners, educators, and families of Austin Elementary.








Endangered Animals of Texas cluster members are very busy researching, writing, and filming an exclusive documentary designed to increase understanding and awareness of of the plight of endangered animals in the Lone Star State.











Learners in the Altered Books Enrichment Cluster are also knee deep in research as they explore a topic of their choice and use their new found understanding to design a one of a kind book creation.  These young artists/writers are up-cycling old, worn out books into something new and fresh to be shared with others in their community.










Our Eco-Friends are learning how human behavior is linked to global warming and other threats to Earth's environment.  They are working together to look for ways that they can encourage those around them to make healthier choices for our ailing planet.






As you can see, our kindergarten and first grade learners are working hard, making new discoveries, and collaborating with their peers to find innovative ways to make a difference in our school, in our community, and in our world.  As they come together each week to continue working toward their self determined goal, they are learning to persist in the face of obstacles, solve problems creatively, and communicate effectively with both peers and adults.  

Tune in next week to see the many other ways our youngest learners are making an impact on our world, and be sure join us on Friday, May 31st between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. as we celebrate their efforts and recognize their creative accomplishments!

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