It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Block 8!
Stay tuned for lots more Christmas, Hanukkah, Pagan, Kwanza, and winter solstice activities!
Do you ever feel that when you wear a mask you hide some of your personality? Today we talked about some positive self-talk and supportive, kind words that we can use to describe ourselves. We won't let our masks hide who we are inside! Take a look at our art work posted in the main stairwell.
Every Friday is Multicultural Day! To celebrate the beginning of Diwali, we learned about diyas and created our own using clay and beads.
Every year the students at Block 8 Academy create Art Gallery quality gifts to sell at the Port Moody Art Centre Winter Treasures Market. The proceeds are lent, though KIVA,
to low income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries! Our students have helped people in 12 countries so far including Rwanda, Nepal and Indonesia.
Students sold their items at the Port Moody Art Centre on November 14.
Block 8 Academy had a very exciting summer this year! We swam at Sasamat Lake, and had fun doing parkour, bowling, geocaching, exploring the outdoors and even had some exciting afternoons at Science World! The kids learned cooking skills on our pizza day, gymnastics moves, and many new card games and board games that they played with each other throughout the summer! We also learned some small things we can do at home and at camp to help the environment!
The students had many opportunities to work on their leadership and teamwork skills throughout the summer as well! We had a student-led Harry Potter Day organized by some of our older students - jam-packed with exciting activities and Harry Potter trivia that everyone enjoyed! The students also worked together to make some short skits throughout July and August. They were fun to watch and very well executed!
Although this fun-filled summer is coming to a close, Block 8 Academy is very excited to continue our summer camps again next year, we hope to see you there!
Many summer days were spent at Sasamat Lake. We hiked, swam, played games and saw lots of cool bugs and plants.
The kids at Block 8 kicked off the summer with a fantastic afternoon hanging out with an Aboriginal Youth Group at the Port Moody Art Centre. They learned lots of new games and tricks and topped off the day with a kids-against-grown-ups Tug of War!
Learning Which Shapes are Strong
Sampling of Bridges at the Competition
On Friday afternoons, we focus on music. Miss Cindy, a BC certified music teacher who is known for her innovative techniques of combining games and stories to teach children music, leads the charge. Cindy has her ARCT from the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music and uses Orff and Kodaly methodologies combined with folk songs to engage and inspire the children.
Miss Cindy brings a wide variety of instruments from xylophones to gongs, guiros to glockenspiels. The children learn to appreciate and respect the instruments and treat them not as toys, but as mediums for expression and learning. Basic theory and principles are taught through rhythm while the children are encouraged to create their own sounds, songs and musical games.
Through the music program, the children are exposed to different cultures and sounds; they gain confidence and control while learning to work not only as a team but also in positions of leadership.
This blog tracks recent highlights from Block 8 Academy. It includes events that occurred during care time as well as special events attended by students and their families.