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Second Graders Take a Deeper Look at Colonial America

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The second grade classes have been studying the original thirteen colonies in their classrooms; furthermore, because the children enjoyed what they were discovering so much, they just finished a project on Colonial America where they were each assigned the job a colonist would have. Mrs. Hanzsche told me her "students were interested in what life was like back then, what it looked like, what people did, how they did it, etc.  They were curious if we still had or used certain materials and objects that they did back then."  Mrs. Hanzche said that having the students research a particular Colonial job, students were "able to bring their learning to life" and that by "having [students] research, present, and physically touch, feel, and experience the basis of the lesson, teachers are able to address each type of learning style."

I spoke with a few of Mrs. Hanzche's students:  Emerson, Luke, and Amelia, all of whom loved the project.  Emerson researched the life of a joiner, who "makes wooden window frames, and who built other wooden things and toys."  Emerson also enjoyed working with her mom on the book she made. Luke did his research on the life of a Colonial cobbler. He told me that cobblers could only fix shoes but not make them because someone else made the shoes. Amelia studied what it was like to be an apothecary who made medicine mixtures out of plants. She liked sharing what she learned with the class. Mrs. Hanzche said that seeing the teamwork her students exhibited, the pride they took in their work and how they shined in their presentations to the class made the project completely worthwhile.


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100 Days of School Equals 100 Days Smarter

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If you were in the lower school hallway last Friday, you might have done a double-take, were you seeing PCA students or PCA students of the far, far future? On January 31st, PCA lower school took part in their annual "100th Day of School" celebration, where the first-grade classes dressed up as "100-year-olds" - sporting canes, glasses hanging from fashionable pearl holders, and oversized bathrobes.

The rest of the lower school hallway may not have looked like they were 100, but that didn't stop them from participating in fun "100" themed activities. Second-grade classes built structures with 100 red plastic cups, while Mrs. Shockley's class all brought in 100 treat items, combining them to create the ultimate 100 themed trail mix!

When asked what her favorite part about the day was, first-grader Caitlin Delaney said, "Doing all our center work [with a 100 theme], and counting to 100!" Tablemate, Caroline O'Neal added, "My favorite part of the 100th day of school was spending it with all of my friends."

From 100 day packets to 100th day decorated hats, these students certainly know how to celebrate the incredible learning that comes with 100 days in a PCA classroom!  

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