Memorial Day Parade

The Beeman Elementary School community walked to the town cemetery to pay our respects to those who served in our armed forces.  After listening to Taps, students walked through the cemetery to place flowers on gravestones in remembrance.

 

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New Parenting Books

Did you know that parents can have their very own library card at the Beeman Elementary School Library?  Please stop in if you would like one.

The library is adding more titles to the parenting shelf.

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Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.

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The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity–Includes over 60 Art Projects for Children Ages 1 to 8 by Jean Van’t Hul

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions.

The more than sixty engaging kids’ arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

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Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes by Kristen Welch

“But everyone else has it.” “If you loved me, you’d get it for me!” When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children―don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in?

Kristen Welch knows firsthand it’s not that easy. In fact, she’s found out that when you say yes too often, it’s not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet―it actually puts your kids at long-term risk. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between “want” and “need” is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.

It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say―but mean!―“thank you” for everything they have.

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A Parent’s Guide to High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive – 2nd Edition

K-3 Montshire Museum Field Trip

The K-3 team visited the Montshire Museum on Friday! Students enjoyed exploring the many exhibits and activity stations that were available! A highlight was the bubble area that used effects such a smoke, differently shaped bubble wands, a “Bubble Booth” and more. Many groups explored the trails that led you to idea places to spot Pluto at night, a birdwatching station and other forest wonders.

The biggest smash of the day was the water fountains. Students used old PVC materials to control water flow from different pipes and explored whirlpools. Students were also excited to create different boats made from cork and experimented with sailing them down the man made stream to see how they would fare. We came home tired, but happy, and full of great memories as a K-3 team.

 

 

Educating Out of Doors

On May 20 and 21, several Beeman teachers took part in an outdoor education course offered through Castleton University. The class explored the property around Beeman and The Watershed Center in Bristol.  Teachers learned about animal and insect behavior, habitats, plants and weather.  Throughout the course, curriculum connections were identified.  The teachers are excited to put their learning into action!

 

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