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It's been awhile since I compiled many of the photos that I love snapping as the days roll by. Winter is already beginning to recede with sunrise and sunset. The daffodils that we planted a couple of years ago in the beds behind the school are already beginning to poke green shoots through the rotting leaves. I tell the students on the playground to come and look at "Honey Johnnie Bob's" bare branches so that they will be able to notice the difference as new leaves begin to form at the tips. We've looked with careful eyes. We've tried to be open minded. Now we're trying to recognize new thoughts as they form. Is it possible to think new thoughts? Was Shakespeare right when he wrote that there's "... nothing new under the sun..."?
I tell the students many times during the year, that they are the people who will solve the problems that the Earth confronts today. They are the ones who must ask new questions, and set about answering them. Somewhere behind me the music starts, "I believe the children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." Cheezy right?... but totally true, and a foundational belief at the Academy. Every day that I work with our students, my faith in the future is renewed and I am excited about seeing it unfold. One of the small ways we are learning how to think new thoughts, is with new brain puzzles at morning gathering.
Instead trying to memorize patterns, we are moving into brain teasers, math puzzles, and analogies. I have opened up the analogies to students who want to try to make their own. Of course, there's no shortage of volunteers as you see above...
I am thankful to all of my parent volunteers who come in to help; Karen Lorenz, Troy Hartzell, Suzanne Calkins, Laurel Lafayette, Julie Parton, Dirk & Michelle Nevelle, Laura Gary, Amie Santerelli, and Kim Janous. I am thankful also to Marcy Langrock (pizza), Jeff Parton, the Reek family, Mary Anicker, the Kaufman family, Greg Calkins, Chris Mason, and the same parents in the first sentence for their help organizing, driving on field trips, and contributing in many ways to helping move the Academy forward. Here we have some pictures from Kim Janous' project on "changing you engine" which I outlined in an email some time ago. Kim went the distance and wrapped up our conversations around personal energy and productivity by gifting the school a basket of objects to help kids transition to a more productive state of mind and body! Thanks Kim! The language has been adopted by the kids and it's quickly becoming a part of our culture.
Market Day pictures show the level of deep ownership that the students take. They are fully engaged in SO many ways, and it's fun! This is just one of many moments during the year when we dive into economics at a deep level.