26. March 2012 · Write a comment · Categories: School Life · Tags:

Through our summer readings, we came across a very interesting article on the Edudemic website about creating visually engaging content.  It’s fascinating to see the shift in our preference for digesting information, knowing that increasingly we are relying on visual content to ‘tell us the story’.What struck us about this article was the connection to the Gestalt Principles, a psychological approach which values four main ‘laws’ of grouping visual elements; and how they tie in to e-Learning Design.

Edudemic presents the content simply and effectively – here’s the link.

We love, love, love this list!  Thank you to parenting.com for compiling this impressive list of books for thinking parents.  Many of our favourites are on here. Here’s the link – let us know what you think!

 

Here we are, nearing the end of July, and perhaps as parents you have exhausted all the planned excursions and activities set out for the summer.  The stores are already advertising Back to School (yikes!) and it won’t be long before everyone is stocking up on new shoes and backpacks, and gearing up for the next grade.In the meantime, it’s important to realize that students can lose two to three months in their academic skills during the summer break.  To that end, we would like to share some suggestions from a favourite website of ours, Edutopia.  These seven steps for maintaining and strengthening academic skills are not overly time consuming, and can actually be quite engaging.

Enjoy the rest of the summer ~ looking forward to a strong start in September for everyone!

Here at Inquiring Minds, we are great admirers of Kate Gribble and her blog, aneverydaystory.com, where she shares her insight and commitment to Reggio Emilia inspired living and learning.

A recent post of hers caught our attention, and we wanted to share it with you.  Simple, gentle, and effective ~ her approach resonates with us and we believe it will resonate with you.

There are numerous lists of summer activities for children, but this one caught our eye.  Perhaps it was the ‘Paint Like Jackson Pollock’ suggestion; or maybe it was the blog’s name itself – www.notimeforflashcards.com. Thanks to Allison MacDonald, the founder of No Time for Flashcards, and her commitment to enriching children’s experiences.  This is a comprehensive list of highly engaging, simple to execute activities for families to try this summer.  We know our children need less time in front of screens and more time outdoors experimenting, inquiring, and discovering. This list provides ample opportunity for all these things.

Please follow the link below, and be sure to click through each of the 50 activities listed for more details:

http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/03/50-simple-outdoor-activities-for-kids.html

We would also like to hear from you too!  Do you have activities that you and your family enjoy together?  Activities that get you outside, extend your thinking, and develop creativity?  Please let us know and we will share them on Inquiring Minds.

In the weeks since our students finished school in June, it has been full steam ahead on the construction site.  If you are following our developments from a distance, or you have not been by recently, here is an update of recent developments:Internal Progress

From the outside, the building appears near completion.  The masonry is finished and the windows are installed.  Once inside, you discover teams of craftspeople framing the spaces and installing drywall on the ground floor.On the second floor the details are coming together, and it won’t be long before the dust settles and we can see the details in the polished concrete floors.  Exciting!Every day there is a noticeable development, so we are often donning our hardhats and steel toe boots to sneak peeks.External Development

In order to connect Richland’s expanded facility with the Town of Richmond Hill’s amenities, large trenches were excavated from Yonge Street, running through the parking lot to the building.  We were impressed with the speed at which these trenches were created, and subsequently closed in again.  We cannot thank the crews working onsite enough for their attention to detail and commitment to the schedule.Over the coming weeks, the same process will take place along the southern border of the school property from Yonge Street, to connect us to the Town’s systems.  Richland’s Campus Crew of Mr. Rafael and Mr. Fernando have been working non-stop to ensure our learning spaces are preserved through this process.  We are so grateful to have such a strong team!We promise to share more photos with you through Inquiring Minds.  Thank you for following our journey of transformation ~ growing our current facility to include a 20,000 sq. ft. expansion to create a space unlike all the other private schools in Richmond Hill. We’re creating a space that embodies Richland’s 21st Century learning experience.  

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