As we get closer to the New Year, the lVs are busier than ever. The lVsN recently did a class build, a unique opportunity for the entire class to work together, the lVs went around the room and shared what they thought the structure looked like. They are also learning about friendship. The lVs, now experts on emotions, are continuing identifying how they feel everyday to practice expressing themselves. Before Thanksgiving break, many lVs shared their enthusiasm and happiness for the days off, but have been back to working since school started up again. As the first half of the year comes to a close, the IVs are buzzing with energy for the rest of the year. Winter is almost here, and the IVs are thinking about the skills they are still working on and getting increasingly thrilled for the snowy season ahead.
When the lVs did a class build, they all used their imagination to tell what the creative structure looked like. “I thought it looked like a gymnastics place and a swimming pool” shared Pierce Shea, lVsN. Many of the other lVs either completely agreed or disagreed with Pierce. The lVs also build impressive buildings on their own such as police stations, pet shops, and hot air balloons. Not only do the busy lVs build with blocks, but they can wood work. Pierce shared that he made a tugboat multiple times with help from Maggie Ens. Lots of the girls in the lVsN were at the drawing table making rainbows, flowers, and writing each other’s names. “I made a rainbow” said Nur Parnes Molcho.
Friendship is an important part of a lVs life. They are getting closer to knowing the true meaning of friendship, although it is likely that they, as well as every other child in the world, will continue to learn about what friendship is for the rest of their lives.“That is friendship” said Grace Schultz when we asked if she and other lVs were friends. The lVs relationships with their Xlls are growing as well. They are learning that they can be friends with their peers as well as others.
Although it is technically still fall until the twenty-first of December, it has become quite chilly recently and the IVs are definitely noticing this. The IVs aren’t just happy about this; they are practically euphoric. When asked if they were excited for winter, George Bruder, Emma Raider, and Mason Christou, who are all in the IVsL, eagerly sat up and screamed “Yeah!” George’s favorite part about winter is seeing the leaves on trees change and fall off, and Emma’s favorite part is creating snow castles: sand castles but, of course, made of snow. While their reasons for loving the upcoming season may vary, they all shared one passion in common: throwing snowballs. Mason and George care less about who they throw the snowballs at, as long as they are having fun. They even enjoy practicing their aim against a wall. Emma, however, is especially keen on throwing snowballs at her brother. The most important part of throwing snowballs, as Mason pointed out by saying “I throw snowballs at people’s heads, if they want me to,” is making sure everyone is okay with having a snowball fight. The IVs know how to have fun without causing harm, once again displaying how they are successfully developing as young people.
A lot is going on in the world of the IVs, and they are still just getting over November’s Thanksgiving break.
“I ate pie!” said Frances Veksler, lVsN.
“I ate turkey.” said Grace Schultz, lVsN.
Very soon they will, once again, have a break, this time even longer. Marshall McDounough, IVsL, informed us of the exact length by proclaiming “Sixteen days!” His peers were also visibly delighted by the prospect of frolicking in the snow for sixteen whole days, and are also eager to drink hot chocolate and celebrate birthdays and other holidays. “It is going to snow on my eyes and mouth.” said Sean Perez, lVsN. “I am excited for the New Year!” shared many lVs. This is a time of celebration and being spirited, and the IVs sure know how to be jolly.