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To Live Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure! (Peter Pan)

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:57 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

For the past several years, the Mindess EDP students have been participating in periodic "adventures." This year, however, they are a daily occurrence at attendance time, and the students and staff at Warren have joined in the fun several times a month at Warren as well. An assumption of Adventure Learning is that "adventures can take place anywhere there is an element of surprise." and a willing to embrace the "Experiential Learning Cycle", perfectly summarized by the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, "I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." (Project Adventure) Embedded in this approach is that "students are encouraged to take risks, not necessarily physical risks", but to adopt the attitude of I'll try rather than I can't. Our focus this year is Social Emotional Learning, and activities are structured in such a way as to foster the growth and development of the five core competencies of SEL - Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. While all this might sound very cerebral, students have been engaged in such activities as Partner Shoe Tying, Don't Touch Me (a personal space game),  and Giants/Wizards/Dwarves.  By the end of the year, Mindess students will have had approximately 30 hours of SEL embedded into their afternoons, and the Warren staff and students will be well on their way!

For this activity you need to find a partner. No "odd-even" for us, though!
Can you find someone who is exactly the same height as you?

Awesome October

posted Nov 6, 2017, 8:48 AM by Laura St. Pierre   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 9:56 AM ]

October was a month full of great happenings at Warren EDP.  See for yourself! 




A-Haunting We Will Go!

posted Nov 3, 2017, 8:10 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

What could be better on an Early Release Day that is also Halloween than a Halloween costume party at Mindess EDP? Nothing - that's what! Sixty-seven students and eleven staff enjoyed an entire afternoon of games, costumes, a parade, treats, crafts, and prizes. The only thing on everyone's mind at the end was how will we top this next year?

Animal Adventures

posted Oct 23, 2017, 9:22 AM by Kim Brissenden

The Pittaway EDP kids got to pet some pretty wild animals this week.  Animal Adventures, from Bolton, MA, came for a visit and brought their furry (and scaly) friends.  The chinchilla was definitely a group favorite as it was so cute and soft!  We had some brave folks who hesitantly gave the skunk a quick stroke on the back.  We even got to see the owl fly around the gym while still attached to leather straps.  The handler ended the show with a mighty crocodile.  We had a great time!

Dashing Through The Snow...

posted Oct 20, 2017, 9:11 AM by Melissa MerconSmith   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 9:22 AM ]

O.K....so there wasn't any snow, but we had a great time on our recent tubing field trip. The weather couldn't have been better, and the slope couldn't have been more slippery! Thanks to all of the parent chaperones who dove right into the fun with us.

Rainy Saturday Morning...

posted Oct 14, 2017, 12:08 PM by Melissa MerconSmith   [ updated Oct 14, 2017, 12:08 PM ]

What better way to spend a rainy Saturday morning than at the Network of Extended Day Directors' Annual Fall Conference with seven EDP colleagues? Workshops covered a broad spectrum of theory and curriculum including Intentional Language, Fundamentals of Gym in Afterschool, No Such Thing As A Bad Kid, and Hula Hooping for Fun, Fitness, and Brain Development.

Spooky Skills

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:15 AM by Laura St. Pierre

Concentration, focus, balance,  and reading..all skills Warren EDP students used Wednesday afternoon during a frightfully fun gym session.  A bowl of treasures awaited the students at the end!

Walk This Way....

posted Oct 4, 2017, 5:55 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

At my post and ready to greet the Mindess EDP students on International Walk To School Wednesday!

Hidden Talent

posted Oct 2, 2017, 10:32 AM by Melissa MerconSmith

One of the nice things about an afternoon at EDP is the time and space to explore and create. This bird is the creation of 4th grader Gina M. who has the ability to see things in her imagination and bring them to life.

This drawing on the white board started as a wolf (can you see the remnants of its snout in the lower center?). Gina started with the eye and moved out from there. Once the wolf was finished, she decided the fur would work better as feathers, whereupon she erased the snout and drew a beak. 

Everyone who watched was in awe, but she did this as easily as most of us breathe. Bravo, Gina!

Volunteering at Pittaway EDP

posted Sep 27, 2017, 9:18 AM by Kim Brissenden

Sixth graders from the Mindess EDP visit the Pittaway EDP as part of a volunteer program.  Some of the 6th graders were students here in Kindergarten many years ago!  During their six weeks here, the 6th graders have a blast with the Kindergarten students.  They play together at recess and often initiate tag games.  During our center time, the 6th graders assist with our gym and project Sessions.  These sixth graders have already helped the teachers by making a craft example to show future groups.  They've also taken care of "sick" kids in our Dramatic Play area!

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