Epic Day theme for 2019/20: Middle Ages & the Renaissance

Our multi-aged classes have a maximum of 18 students. Each class contains similarly aged students.  The groupings are (youngest to oldest) Aspen, Birch, Cedar, and Oak. The day starts with a lesson on Leadership, followed by our History-based themed lessons which include Stem, Social Studies, Art and Literature studies.  We focus on project-based, interactive and engaging lessons that promote critical thinking and discussion.  Science is also a part of our Epic days.  We cover the majority of the science standards needed with hands-on fun.

Leadership 

Our leadership studies help students to learn how their brain works, teaches them some learning tricks and even helps students train the brain to work more effectively. At the beginning of each Epic Days, our Distance Education students will delve into the 8 Keys of Excellence together based upon the following 8 Key Statements:

  1. This is It! I Make the Most of Every Moment  
  2. I Take Ownership. I am Responsible for My Choices
  3. I Speak with Good Purpose- I am Honest, Kind, and Sincere
  4. I Honor Commitment to Achieve and Grow in the Direction of My Goals and Dreams
  5. Failure Leads to Success. I Learn from My Mistakes.  
  6. I Have Integrity. I Show My Positive Values and Standards in All I Do and Say.  
  7. I have Flexibility. I Am Willing to Learn, Change, and Do Things Differently  
  8. Balance in Caring for Others and Myself is Important. I Live My Best Life.

Based upon a foundation of literature and using several other tools of learning including biographies, quotations & discussions, mindfulness exercises, Growth Mindset principles, movement, music, and learning games, our students explore each of these statements and look at how they apply them in their lives. We end the year with the final concept: Anything is Possible. I Will Discover & Create My Best Self to launch them into a summer of discovery and fun.

Concept Schedule & Dive Deeper

This week for Epic Days, your students have been learning about the following highlights and doing fun associated learning activities related to Social Studies/Humanities, Literature, STEM-Engineering, and Science. Help your students to find out more about these fascinating concepts–Go ahead and Dive Deeper! (Please see suggested links below)

Week: October 28 through October 31

Historical time period: Middle Ages in Europe

Leadership: I Take Ownership. I am Responsible for My Choices

Concepts: Justice and what is fair

  • The conflict of Henry II and Thomas Becket was a question about who had the power to implement law and order in a country. Also, Eleanor of Aquitaine was a powerful influence in Europe.
  • Conflict and resolution is an essential part of the plot in a story.
  • Balanced and unbalanced Forces are all around us (older students.) Pushes and pulls create movement (younger students.)

Dive Deeper:

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Week: November 4 through November 7

Historical time period: Middle Ages in Europe

Leadership: I Speak with Good Purpose- I am Honest, Kind, and Sincere

Concepts: Individual rights

  • The Magna Carta was the beginning of representative government and has inspired nations throughout the world.
  • Character development is an important element of story.
  • Creating balance requires you to find the center of balance of an object.
  • The structure of living things  (older students) and external animal parts (younger students)

Dive Deeper:

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Week: November 11 through November 14

Historical time period: Middle Ages in Europe

Leadership: I Speak with Good Purpose- I am Honest, Kind, and Sincere

Concepts: Standing strong in your beliefs

  • The 100 year war ended with the heroism of Joan of Arc.
  • Setting is an important element in a story
  • The cause and effect of forces are motion and direction.
  • Collisions (older students) and gravity pulls things down (younger students)

Dive Deeper:

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