Friday, January 5, 2018

Finishing 2017 with Exploration and starting 2018 with a Bang!!

To end the year with fascination, exploration, and hands on learning experiences, we took our BUGS students to Camp Puh'tok in Monkon, MD.  Camp Puh-tok is on 60 acres of woodlands bordered by Gunpowder Falls River and State Park.  Students learned about Native American History by engaging in activities the way the Natives used to, such as painting with natural resources, writing Native American stories, and starting a camp fire.  Students also rode horses and completed a physical obstacle course to help sharpen their sensory motor skills.

                                                          Camp Puh'tok Obstacle Course 


Camp Puh'tok farm area


Camp Puh'tok bow and arrow center




Madison raking leaves with an old fashioned rake

Students playing a Native American counting game with beans and rocks

Glori reciting her Native American Story that she wrote using the Native language

Instructor showing students how to start a fire


To end 2017, I helped design the Art/Creative Movement Classroom.  A team of 18+ people helped me paint and re-design the classroom so that it better serves our students.  I plan on placing mirrors on the walls to improve dance skills.  I have recently set up 3 different stations; dance, homework, and art work.  


Students were involved in the redesigning process.  Below are pictures of students referbishing old classroom chairs.  




The BUGS Thanksgiving dinner



Students learned about the importance of reusing, reducing, and recycling.  Below is a picture of students repurposing computer monitor holders which are made from plastic.  


Students collected leaves and created art work with them with paint.  This helped students learn about the different types of trees that are on the campus.  


Students are learning how to practice being precise.  They were instructed to bead while using specific measurements.    



Students are constantly engaged in activities that strengthen social skills and critical thinking skills.  


We celebrated christmas with stuffed animals and homemade festive snacks!  




All of the students are really excited about the many projects and trips that we have planned!!  2018 is already a beautiful year full of growth, warmth, change, and positivity!  Please stay tuned for more!!!  


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