Summer Program: Week 1
Posted 07/07/2017 03:00PM
Forman Summer 2017 is off to a great start! The theme this week is "Know Yourself," so students have been given opportunities in the academic classrooms to identify their strengths, challenges, goals, and passions. For example, in Mr. Bucklin's writing classes, students are exploring Thoreau's connection with the natural world and how they can use the trees, rocks, and the stream as symbolic representations of themselves.
In the afternoon, students had the opportunity to try nine different activities including boat building, music, art, hiking, outdoor athletics, Steve Squad, and gardening. In Steve Squad, they explored the beautiful Bantam River that runs through our campus. At the garden, students identified the plants with a scavenger hunt and then planted seeds. They will both grow over the weeks to come. Now that they know the options and each other, they will choose the activities they want to focus on next week.
Each evening we come together as a community from 7:00pm-8:30pm. On Monday, students oriented and learned the rules and guidelines they need to abide by. Tuesday was the Fourth of July and we celebrated by having a bonfire and cookout including hamburgers, hot dogs, Carvel ice cream cake, and watermelon. Students also cut up apples and made pies as we sat on the Green during free time. The homemade apple pies were a hit! Wednesday, we made collages to represent ourselves. This activity is an exercise that challenges executive function. It requires planning, organization, starting, persisting, flexible thinking, time management, impulse control and lastly, finishing. Thursday was dedicated to summer reading. On Friday, students chose between watching the movies Inside Out or Hidden Figures.