"Advocate for Yourself" is the theme for week three of Forman Summer 2016. During morning meeting each day, students practiced mindfulness in the form of meditation, body scan, walking meditation, and mindful listening. As students become more aware of their strengths and more comfortable with themselves as learners, it is important for them to also be able and willing to speak on their own behalf.
The writing classes focused on the persuasive essay as an example of advocacy in practice. Ms. Munn's Executive Function Skills class explored what is involved in self control and response inhibition. The motto we support is "stop, think, act" rather than what often happens: "act, stop, think." Improved self-awareness helps students recognize their needs and ability to advocate for themselves.
Cooking was a big success! Students harvested celery, zucchini, and herbs from the Forman garden and after learning kitchen safety skills, they created healthy snacks including tasty gazpacho, salsa and nachos, crudite, mac-n-cheese, and beef and broccoli at dinner. Next week, the cooking activity will be to prepare desserts for parents to enjoy after our closing ceremony.
Forman student Morgan Yanni '19 shared her journey from Forman Summer 2015 through her recently completed freshman year. Coming to Forman Summer helped her get ready for Forman and now she is taking honors classes, which was something she had not previously envisioned for herself.
Wednesday evening, the campus was overrun by a hide and seek style game called "Manhunt." Other students spent the evening hours on the Litchfield Green watching Forman Music Teacher Jerrod Cattey perform Brazilian jazz.
On Thursday, John Marshall, a local musician and teacher introduced the students to the art of hand drumming. They created music and rhythm while learning about working together in synchronicity.
On Saturday, we will travel to Brownstone Discovery Park, where students can swim, climb, go ziplining, and hang out with friends. On Sunday, we will offer a variety of opportunities, which will take advantage of the natural beauty of Litchfield County including trips to the local farmers market and White Memorial Conservation Center as well as river walking and an ice cream run to Arethusa Farm.
Finally, as we head into our final week, we look forward to seeing parents and families on Saturday, July 30. If you are interested in meeting with our Admissions team while you are here, they will be hosting a gathering on Friday afternoon and will be available after our closing ceremony on Saturday.