“On time. Every time.” is a phrase heard often in the Elementary Studio, as it’s one of Acton’s key components. Monday morning was the perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of time management with a “Be On Time” launch, followed by squad meetings and the finalizing of Core Skills goals for the week. Ms. Melanie delved further into the significance of music as it relates to each listener’s created mental imagery. This week’s musical selection was Tocatta and Fugue in D minor, and the Eagles’ responses were fantastic! They also enjoyed having some time, in the end, to practice their recorder playing. The ES ended the day by creating some very unique Grass Heads and then starting their planning for EXPO at the end of the week. The Elementary Studio finalized their poetic self-portraits during art, and then spent the afternoon perfecting and publishing their three poems.
Since this session was the first opportunity to obtain a Writer’s Workshop badge, the badge approval process was discussed in great detail, with extra time afforded to those who completed all the challenges to earn their badge. Wednesday was the final day to check on all of the Community Garden Quest experiments, as well as the final farm day to check on plant growth (and to see if the deer have ravished any more plants). With the final observations and recording completed, the ES spent some time reflecting deeply about this session’s quest, and how they could improve and grow next time. Ample time was provided throughout the week for EXPO preparation, as well as time for tying up all loose ends.
EXPO was a huge success! The Eagles, and their parents, truly enjoyed EXPO Thursday morning. Riley and Marley welcomed all of the parents, while Mekaal performed as this session’s emcee. Emmett, Marley, and Addison discussed this session’s art project, along with the session’s Writer’s Workshop theme: Poetry. Maxi, Charlotte, William, and Mekaal discussed all of the quest science experiments and quest-coordinating art projects. Maddy, Riley, and Saylor created and displayed a picture slide show and discussed the details and significance of the pictures, which were of the actual plants at the farm, and the pumpkin seed germination experiment. Ewan, Leo, and Christian demonstrated their recorder skills with an outdoor performance! After some light refreshments and a parent Q & A session, the ES officially welcomed two new Eagles with their signing of the ES contract and rules of engagement, followed by a celebratory human tunnel walk under. EXPO was the perfect culminating event of a difficult (per the Eagles) and highly engaging session!