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SEP: Enriched Learning
16 Jul
  • SEP: Enriched Learning

For nine days, our  Elementary and Middle School students have had a myriad of sessions that were informative, academically relevant and focused on a key MSB value of creating life-long learners. Last week, the children had the chance to listen to author Julia Cook on how to process emotions and tips on coping with challenging times. Last week and this week, the students continued their engrossing program with workshops, experiments and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Specifically introduced in our program, SEL was designed to teach students the purpose and use of a social filter, enabling them to decide which thoughts they can say out loud and which ones are better not said.

According to the Committee for Children, “SEL is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.”

With the help of a book “I Can’t Believe You Said That!” by American author Julia Cook, students better understood the art of thinking before speaking and practiced expressing their emotions in more appropriate ways in different scenarios. 

Last week, the award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert read three of her stories with elementary students, enlightening them with tips on making friends and how to better regulate their emotions.

The challenges brought on by the pandemic make acquiring social-emotional skills such as regulating emotions, managing stress, empathizing with others, and maintaining relationships key to having children in a state of mind to learn.  

Science Rocket Launch

Grade 5 students studied Newton’s 3rd Law, which states that for every action (force) in nature there’s an equal and opposite reaction.  There are many examples of Newton’s 3rd law, such as a ball bouncing off the ground, however, there are other, more exciting ways, to visualize this law in action!! So, MSB students created their own bottle rocket!! Please check the video above.

A Look into Ancient China 

On Tuesday, July 14, Grades 5, 6 and 7 students appreciated Ancient China objects dating back to over 3,000 years ago, with a guest speaker from the Harvard Art Museums. 

Yang Yan, Curatorial Assistant for the Collection of Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, gave a brief introduction of the museum before showing some of the over 5,500 Chinese objects in the museum. 

Despite not being in the museum physically, students were able to delve deeper at the exhibits of jade, ceramic and bronze via zoom-in pictures and compare the difference between nephrite and jadeite that the ornaments are made of.

They were captivated by the craftsmanship and talked about the Jade Working (治玉工艺) with Yang, who also offered cultural and historical insights on Chinese pottery and bronze objects. 

In June, our Grade 3 & 4 children learned about Egyptian and Roman collections and life of being an archaeologist with Egyptologist Jen Thum and Ancient Rome Specialist Frances Gallart Marques from the museum. 

Our students have been studying these topics in class, and this was a great opportunity to expand their knowledge and get first-hand accounts from experts in this field.

Robot Math

Our Grade 3 & 4 students got a chance to explore and review the subject of area in a fun and creative way in one of their math lessons. They were inspired to build their own 2-D robot and measure its area by counting square units or tiling.

Children applied their numeracy skills while exploring art in this session and showcased their Robot in Zoom with calculated areas of each part. Here are samples of the work they did: