Sunday, 27 November 2016

Core Competencies

As all of you are aware by now, BC has revised its curricula this year.  One of the areas of focus for  the revised curricula is the Core Competencies.  I have embedded a video above from the Ministry which gives a brief overview of the core competencies.  In the coming weeks, I plan to focus on each of the core competencies in this blog in order to assist you in understanding these competencies.  By the end of the year, each student is expected to self-assess (with parental assistance) in the six core competencies.  Those of you with a PLP in Drive will have access to a core competency assessment within the PLP.  This is the first year of implementation so we are all learning together!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Terrific Tap

This is my 5th year tap dancing at The Dance Studio in Oliver, BC.  My teacher is Miss Leah Moen.  She is extremely good at tapping and I have learned a lot from her over the years.  I am in Al Gilbert Tap Level 3/4, now.  Some of my favourite steps are lindys, sugars, and stomp buck time steps.  At our recent tap show, I tapped solo to "Little Bitty" by Alan Jackson.  I also tapped a duet with my brother, Kelan, to "Open the Door, Richard", sung by Al Simmons-- I was Richard!  To me, tap is very fun and the world wouldn't be the same without it!
By Laura Harty, proudly a YouLearn student since kindergarten, now in grade 4

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Hour of Code

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In order to support students initial steps into the world of coding, the movement called "The Hour of Code" began in 2013 to get as many students as possible participating in at least one hour of code.  Our school has signed up for this event which takes place from December 5-11; Computer Science Education Week.  However, you can try it out now!  To get started, go to this link, choose your child's grade level, experience level, type of device, topic, activity type (choose self-led), and length.  Also, to get inspired about the value of coding, please watch this Hour of Code Video.  Happy coding, everyone!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Tap is Tops

When I was in grade 4, my sister, Laura, and I started tap dancing at the Dance Studio in Oliver, BC.  Our tap teacher, Miss Leah Moen, is a very talented tapper and I have ameliorated greatly under her guidance.  I am now in Al Gilbert Tap 5, and some of my favourite steps are wings, pullbacks, and pickups.  Recently, I performed 2 solos in our tap show: "Don't Rock the Jukebox" and "Where I Come From", both by Alan Jackson.  One of these photos was captured of me doing a bell, (heel click), in mid-air during "Don't Rock the Jukebox"-- yee-haw!  I also danced a duet with Laura called "Open the Door, Richard", sung by Al Simmons.  I think tap dancing is a great exercise for both the mind and body, and I will definitely stick with it for life!

By Kelan Harty, Oliver, BC, proudly a YouLearn student since kindergarten, now in grade 9