After deep discussion of what makes healthy and unhealthy friendships, our START groups wrote and performed their own friendship skits.
Our START volunteers challenged us to create a healthy, balanced meal. As part of our fitness goals, we are each tackling an area of balance each week, focusing on drinking water instead of sugary drinks or varying our veggies, for example. We’re feeling pretty full of pep these days because of all these fantastic choices!
Our START volunteers inspired us by helping us choreograph our own aerobics routines. The pure joy of this adventure needs no words. Just look!
We discussed health and why it is important to be healthy. In this first START session, we especially zoomed in on stress and what it feels like, then all kinds of ways we can take care of ourselves if we feel stressed. You should hear all the ideas we had! Finally, we made our own stress balls out of balloons!
We are jumping for joy as we welcome the spring group of START volunteers to our classroom! Meet Chantal and Allie!
Welcome back, Kate!
My name is Kate Packard and I can’t wait to be in your classroom again this term after teaching storytelling this winter! I’m a first year at Dartmouth and from Massachusetts. I haven’t declared my major yet, but I plan to study linguistics, psychology and theater. I love all types of art, particularly the performing arts. I took a musical theater class this fall and am currently taking an acting class. I also love creative writing and took a creative writing class this winter. I’m so excited to continue working with you.
Jessica Weil: Jessica is a sophomore at Dartmouth who is majoring in English and loves to read lots of books. She is from Cleveland, Ohio, and likes to dance and sing. This is her first year in the START program, however, she has worked with Miss Blessing before and is super excited to work with her class again!
Lucy Ranieri: Lucy is a freshman at Dartmouth from right outside Cleveland, Ohio. She has not yet decided on her major, but she has interests in economics, biology, and government. She loves all kinds of art (especially oil painting and drawing) and was the president of her high school art club. Lucy loves to visit the Dartmouth Jewelry Studio, is a member of the cheer team, and is a first-year volunteer for START.
Kate Packard: Kate is a first year at Dartmouth from Massachusetts. She hasn’t declared her major yet, but is planning on studying linguistics, psychology and theater. She loves all types of art, particularly the performing arts, and has taken a musical theater class at Dartmouth. She also loves creative writing and is currently taking a creative writing class. She is very excited for her first year with the START program!
Oh, the learning joy!
These penguins danced the cold away!
After brainstorming information about the daylight, twilight, and midnight ocean layers, we used paper plates in a host of ways to create ocean creatures. With lights, flashlights, and no lights, we simulated swimming in our proper layers. Pretty fishy around here!