CiCi has been talking about Julia Julia nonstop since she was able to pick it last week. We’re excited about anything that makes school fun, but at the same time, I think it’s fantastic that it isn’t all technology focused and & has included a wide variety of topics and some back to basics learning. We all grew up with home economics in middle school, but these kids think that getting to cook (and eat!) in school is amazing. The recipes in Julia Julia are things we’re going to let her make at home (and thank you for including two salads!). I know this one would get expensive to continually offer, but maybe if the Edcamp is something that is going to stay, there would be room in the budget (or maybe a grant from the new PTO/NEF?) to fund ingredients. It has been wonderful & I know CiCi is sad to see it end. She even skipped her flute lesson for the first time ever to stay in class.
Thank you for the time & effort that was put into designing the Edcamp period and to Julia Julia specifically!
“I love what is happening in the school. It feels so fresh and innovative.”
“I love that there is no limit to what they can dream up, create, and aspire to. That is really the take-home message of the year — anything is possible, just give it a try. No limits. The kids aren’t treated as ‘just kids.’ Their ideas and thoughts are important and are taken seriously. And they are ‘doing,’ not ‘listening,’ in the design studio.”
“The program is opening up a world of possibilities for the students’ futures and giving them advanced experience in fields that are growing in today’s world. There is something to interest everyone, and the program may only be limited by one’s own imagination. A child who struggles in other parts of the school day can flourish with creative, hands-on class time that will only benefit his future.”
“My son comes home from school excited to share what’s new, what he is creating and/or working on. Today he spent a good 15 minutes explaining to me their invention to melt the snow in the driveway. Definitely a far cry from me asking how his day was and him saying ‘OK’ or ‘boring.’ Now he tells me how fun school is!”
“I have definitely witnessed my son’s interest in technology increase as well as seeing that spark of creativity lit. Never did I think he would want to build or design anything, and now he is always on his tablet designing buildings or neighborhoods, using empty boxes and cushions to make a car or something, and also teaching himself how to make gaming videos, etc.”