Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Discovery School Update...

Logan has been in his new school for about a month now and he's finally getting used to the new friends and structure of his day. The first few weeks were pretty tough for him. If anyone asked him if he liked his new school his response was, "I hate it!" I was just praying it was a phase. Last week I found out there was a little girl that transferred from Siegel and was having a really hard time too. Crying every time she went to the bathroom. Logan said she was school sick, missed her friends and has since gone back to Siegel. I think the little girl was making Logan miss his school too. Since she's been gone he's got a completely different outlook about school. He's making lots of new friends, completing his work on time and likes his teacher.

A lot of people have asked what the difference in this school is compared to others. They follow the same curriculum as city schools but have a different way of teaching. It's not so by the book. Very out of the box. Lots more thought are put into lesson plans and a big thing this year is learning Time Management...which we all need to know. If work is not completed during the allotted time they must finish it during recess and can then play. Morning work is not just busy work. They have a Math Journal and a Writing Journal. There are problems on the board that they have to work out in their journal and then write how they got the answer. Not put, "I just knew." They also read out loud from a novel and if they get stuck on a word they take turns looking in a dictionary to find the definition. They record the word and definition on their ABC list and can go back and look at it for reference if they get stuck again.

I personally love the level of parent involvement. I really missed that when we started Kindergarten at CLA because there was sooo much of it at St. Marks Preschool. So that's it in a nutshell. I could go on and on but this post is long enough.
TTFN!

3 comments:

Dusty Brown: said...

I am so glad he's doing better. I rally like the concept of that school.

Bethany said...

Glad Logan is getting used to his new school, next year he will be an old pro! EJ's appt is on the 19th!

Staples said...

Very interesting about the school, sounds like he would like it!

I find out the 25th what we are having (and Ill be in Murfreesboro that night). Hoping to stay through the end of Sept....

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