We are all aware of the daily excellence provided here at St. Barnabas and the one of a kind classroom atmosphere that our students get to experience. Today’s spotlight is a testament to this fact. Our second graders involved in the enrichment program have been taking a “hands on” approach to learning the concept of mathematical design and logic for the past two weeks. Before this unit, students were building structures out of common objects such as toothpicks, marshmallows, paper, tape, rubber bands and paper clips. The purpose of this exercise was to present a hands-on exploratory learning experience in creative problem solving. Throughout the progression of the activity, they were given the chance to discover structural techniques and material use that led to success, in other words, lots of trial and error on the students’ part. They also gained first-hand knowledge of working cooperatively with others in their group to where they could foster effective communication and good listening skills.
While occasional school absenteeism may seem harmless, any absence can have a negative impact on your child’s school experience. Regular school attendance plays a vital role in your child’s education, and it’s important to understand ways that you can help your student to recognize this.
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A common decision parents face is when and if they should allow their children and teens access to smartphones and other mobile devices. While there are some benefits to providing children with this technology, in many cases they are outweighed by negative consequences.
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