Friday, 21 December 2012

The Gift of Each Other

Today, as a school, we celebrated the end of 2012 at Youlearn. Not only did it remind me of the importance of family and friends–and smiles and laughter–it reminded me of the essence of a school: its relationships. To the students, parents and staff, all of whom have contributed to our community and supporting one another in their own unique ways, thank you. Where ever the next two weeks find you, may the memories you and your family build be filled with relationships and joy.
Happy learning, Youlearn

Monday, 17 December 2012

Reflections on Term 1: Workspaces

I have been meeting and working with both families and students of All have been very welcoming and the experience has been memorable. I am often impressed with the organization and structure of the learning environment; 'a good place to work' is often the key to a good transition into a productive day of learning. My own workspace over the years has been modified by the needs of my family (children). After observing the wonderful structures in many homes, I felt it was time to give my kids their own 'workspaces'. The craft and art tables were always in a constant state of recycling and could not handle any more material. So my kids and I built a new desk just for them; it now truly is their own work space. They now must organize, manage and help to keep tidy this space. I hope this adds to the lesson of responsibility and helps to establish that environment to learn. Although I do realize, building the desk will be the easiest part of their journey. Keep working hard and enjoy every turn!

~ Ernie

Monday, 10 December 2012

Crimson Tree


Canvas of any size; Red, orange, purple, and green crayons for the leaves; Paring knife or vegetable peeler; Large plate; Brown and black acrylic paint; Paintbrush; Oven; Cookie sheet; Pot holders


  1. Peel the wrappers off the crayons
  2. Hold the crayon over the plate and use the knife to carve strips of crayon onto the plate
  3. Chop little chunks out of the leftover crayon
  4. Put crayon shreds and chunks on canvas such as the top leaves of the tree, and put some at the bottom of the canvas such as the leaves falling
  5. Leave bits of crayon where they accidentally fall to resemble leaves blowing in the wind
  6. Lay the canvas on the cookie sheet when the crayon is placed where you want leaves to be
  7. Preheat the oven to 300F
  8. Have your parent/guardian put the cookie sheet in the oven (WARNING: Oven is extremely hot; make sure an adult puts the cookie sheet into the oven!)
  9. Watch very closely because the wax will melt in seconds
  10. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven when semi-melted
  11. Mix some black and brown paint together
  12. Paint the tree’s trunk and branches when crayons are dry

~ From Faith, Gr. 8

Monday, 3 December 2012

Virtual Worlds, Real Learning

This past week many of our intermediate students participated in a group activity in Penticton using Quest Atlantis. Students have been 'luminating' in their own particular area of social responsibility in the online game and spent the morning helping each other and learning about community reviews. Quest Atlantis, an online educational game that incorporates protagonist play allows students to explore curricular areas while learning about areas of social responsibility. This gathering brought the Youlearn questers together to solve problems. It was an exciting couple of hours as students had direct instruction from Heather and Ernie and worked in pairs and were introduced to curricular missions. This group is planning a session for the new year! Well Done Questers. ~ Ernie