Question:  What is footy?

Answer:  Australian style football!  Check it out!

This week’s START featured Sports Around the World, with plenty of art, acting, and teamwork from us.  A theme of thought is emerging, as each week we discover that people around the world have so much in common even if they don’t speak the same language.  Human beings around the world all appreciate music, have a love of beauty, and enjoy all kinds of play.  Once again, START was a highlight of our week.

Reading various types of graphs, charts, and tables is an important reading skill for us.

This photo expresses the utter engagement of START.  Look at those thinking faces!

Our tremendous volunteers in action!

Music Around the World

Have you ever wondered what is number one on the music charts in Germany, India, or Peru?  Well, in the grand kickoff of our “Current Events Around the World” START session, Elizabeth, Laya, and Max inspired us to move and groove to some international tunes.  We did some comparing and contrasting, wondering, and listening, as well as a LOT of twirling, trotting, hopping, and expressing.  Thank you, START volunteers, for sharing your passion for the beautiful world!

START Starts, and We Can’t Wait!

Guess who I met today!  Our new START team is sizzling with energy and ideas, and they are ready to meet the second and third grade “world travelers”!

We are all excited about the theme for the six weeks of winter START–Current Events Around the World.  We are hoping to connect with our classmate Natalie’s travels to broaden our understanding of inventions, cultures, happenings, the arts, and more from many different places.  Keep watching our blog to see what happens next Thursday on our first day together.

Until then, meet our volunteers!

Max says, “I am a freshman from Oregon.  I am interested in studying computer science and music, and my hobbies include piano and singing.  After high school, I took a gap year to travel by myself around the world.  I especially like the outdoors, so I explored many mountains.  Some of the places I went include Iceland, a road trip across Canada in the winter (brrr!), and taking trains through the English countryside to search for long-lost relatives.  I created a five song album and a music video about my adventures.”

Elizabeth introduces herself, “I am a sophomore from the suburbs of Chicago.  I am in the pre-med track at Dartmouth, and my goal is to become a pediatrician.  I volunteer a lot with young people to help me toward my goal.  I am studying biology and Spanish.  Some of my hobbies include piano and dance.  I like all kinds of dancing, especially modern, contemporary, and jazz.”

And here is Laya–“I am a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay area of California.  I am into building iPhone apps, and I also enjoy sculpting and painting.  I am in the computer science track for now.  Moving across the country for college has been really exciting for me, and I encourage you to try that someday and to have open minds about exploring new places when you have the chance.”