After a brief hiatus due to the global pandemic, students at James H. Vernon School are enjoying the return of the school’s recess enrichment program. The enrichment program is held two days a week during recess periods and allows students in grades 3-6 to explore different enrichment workshops.
Students are encouraged to sign up to participate in one of the recess opportunities for the quarter. For the first and second quarter of the school year, third and fourth graders had the option to choose from the following programs: Fantastic and Mythological Creatures, Makerspace, Origami, Recorder Club or Ultimate Games. Fifth and sixth graders could choose from programs such as Bloxels, Dash, Mindfulness and Relaxation, and Ultimate Games. The goal of all the sessions has been to ignite each student’s creative potential and foster creative understanding and problem solving.
Each enrichment workshop is led by a specialist in the building who keeps the students engaged and having fun. In the Fantastic and Mythological Creatures session, students are unlocking their creativity and designing a series of illustrations of creatures who are out of the ordinary but may be found in stories, poetry and fairy tales. In Origami, students are learning basic origami folds and creating origami models. Those enrolled in the Makerspace session have the freedom to tinker, create, think, build, imagine and invent using various materials, and in the Recorder Club, students are showcasing their music skills by learning the basics of the recorder.
Students in the upper grades are utilizing technology in the Bloxels and Dash workshops. Those enrolled in Bloxels, a video game creation tool, are learning to create their own video games and those enrolled in Dash, a small mobile robot, are diving into the world of robots and coding. In the Mindfulness and Relaxation workshop, Vernon students are exploring how to relax and recharge their minds through different techniques and are practicing gratitude. All students in grades 3-6 can participate in Ultimate Games. This session promotes teamwork as students engage in different games and work with one another to achieve a common goal.
The enrichment program has been a great way for students to maximize their potential in an exciting, challenging and supportive learning environment.
James H. Vernon School looks forward to providing more enrichment opportunities for students as the year progresses!
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Date Added: 11/1/2022