Friday, 29 June 2012

Another Year

A community is something that’s hard to see. In DL it’s even harder. Seldom do our students, parents and staff share the same geography or pursue a common purpose. Often, our learners and those who are supporting them work to provide each of our students with unique opportunities and tailored learning experiences. Every once and a while, however, we are reminded that there is more. Every so often, schedules and locations and activities line up. Every now and again, we come to find we are not alone. For those who know when and how to look, DL communities can actually be quite easy to see. Just be sure not to blink! To everyone, may your summer be filled with family, good friends and fun.

Happy Learning,
~ Will

New Horizons

I just finished my first year with YouLearn and I had a great time with many new experiences and tasks. At first, I thought it would be just like regular school, but there were way more things to do, rather than just sitting in a classroom all day. My favourite part about it was getting to do many different new things such as: skiing, skating, curling, scuba diving and going to the symphony. I thought about going back to regular school this coming year, but then I realized that in home learning, I am free to do more things and do them in my own time. One thing that surprised me about home learning was the variety of projects I was allowed to do that counted for schoolwork. I also met a lot of new friends and have nice teachers, and in the new school year, I am looking forward to trying even more new things.

By Cole

Monday, 25 June 2012

Provincial Champs

In the fall, one of our grade 3 students, Xander, suffered a devastating loss when his football team, which was favoured to make it to provincials, lost an early qualifying playoff game and was eliminated from the provincial race. Today, I’m happy to announce that Xander’s flag team not only won the provincial title, they also made history by becoming the first ever U10 team to win a provincial flag football title. Losses of the past turn into victories of the future if we learn and grow from them. You can read about Xander’s team in the Daily Kelowna Courier. Congrats Chargers!

Monday, 18 June 2012

In it Together

This week, I joined a few of our students at the Oliver pool as we kicked-off our spring swim program. Actually, I didn’t swim, I watched and spoke about home schooling with some of our parents. Reflecting on the experience, I continue to see the benefits of having students study as part of a family while also connecting with other families, groups and organizations to build relationships and enrich their learning experiences. Distributed learning, indeed, is an effective educational option, but for many who live it, it’s simply a way of life.

~ Will

Monday, 11 June 2012

Children’s Festival

We went to the Children’s Festival in Penticton last week and we had a lot of fun! There were many things to do and see. The best part of the festival for us was seeing Erth’s Dinosaur show. We got to touch the dinosaurs. They weren’t real dinosaurs of course but they looked real! They were really puppets. They felt like rough, cold rubber. The lady presenting the show was very funny. She has a really great job. She’s from Australia and travels the world teaching kids about dinosaurs. It was really funny when she would bring kids up on stage to be part of the show. I (Emmitt) would have liked to have been picked but even though I wasn’t it was still a good show. One thing she said to us that made us laugh was to not go home and start digging our back yard up to look for dinosaur bones. That would be fun, but I don’t think Mom would appreciate that! It was a really fun show and we are glad that we got to see it. The climbing wall was really cool too and there were also a lot of different craft projects and displays in the other tents. The weather was really nice and we had a picnic lunch and Dipping Dots for dessert. Just before leaving we also bought some cotton candy. It was a really fun day. Thank you for inviting us and we are looking forward to going again next year.
Have a great summer!

~ Chris and Emmitt Shorty (grade 5)

Monday, 4 June 2012

Community Garden

We went to the country garden today. I planted cucumbers and cantaloupe. I will enjoy picking and eating the vegetables this summer.

~ Laura Harty (soon to be kindergarten)