What an amazing year this group had! Thankful for all the things they learned and all the fun they had!
Just like the whole rest of the world, COVID-19 forced the closing of the Greenhouse in March…we will finish the rest of the school year in a hybrid teacher instructed homeschooling. Lots of one-on-one instruction going on!
Some of our staff and students returned to their passport countries – so we are especially thankful for technology that helps us to stay connected.
Looking forward to the day that we can see these faces in person!
THANKS to many in our community who worked so hard to upgrade our playground.
Unfortunately because of COVID-19, our students haven’t been able to play on it yet. We can’t wait to hear the laughter and the smiles that will accompany the return of our kids to school – and the times playing on the playground.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, The Greenhouse celebrated Wacky Week. Everyday we chose a Dr. Seuss book to go along with a theme.
Day 1 – Pajama Day
Day 2: Terrific Hat Tuesday
“Cat in the Hat”
Day 3 – Wacky Wednesday
Day 4 – Who Are You Today?
“Horton Hears a Who”
Day 5 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
Friday, February 24th we celebrated our 100th day of school. Every class chose to celebrate in a different way.
Kindergarten class counted to 100 by 1s and 10s and made necklaces with 100 beads.
The Second Grade class dressed like 100 year old people. They also had items in bottles – they had to guesstimate if there were more or less than 100 items in each bottle and then count them.
The 3/4 grade class did glyphs, 100 piece puzzles and movement for 100 seconds.
The 5/6 grade class estimated 100 items, practiced multiplying and dividing numbers over 100, estimated the weight of 100 items and more!
So hard to believe we’ve had 100 days of school already. We have learned a lot this year – and we still have lots more to learn!
Swimming is often mentioned as the highlight for December JLS – so we gave swimming it’s own post. Here are some other classroom highlights:
Kindergarten: Our students loved making Gingerbread cookies. It was a 3 day project – mixing the dough, cutting out the cookies and decorating them, and eating!
The 1/2 grade class learned about holidays around the World.
The 3/4 grade class did a fun 3-day project making globes.
Day 2 – painting the oceans
Day 3 – adding the continents-
5/6 grade class made topographical maps of the United States.
The end of December JLS means Christmas! But it also means that we have to say good-bye to some of our friends. We gathered on the last day for our pinning ceremony. Each student has a pin with their initials that is pinned to where they are living. Students who were moving changed their pins to recognize their change in location. We also prayed for our friends who were going back to the village and some who were leaving to go to the States.
Doesn’t everyone get to celebrate at the pool in December?
What a great way to celebrate the end of JLS, the end of the semester, and the end of the year – a pool party with our familes!
One of the favorite parts of the December Joint Learning Session is swimming lessons. The sun is hot, the air is dry, and the pool feels so good. For some of our students, this is the only time of the year that they get to swim in a pool.
We were very excited to find a new location for our lessons this year. They had 3 pools and we were able to have all the students at the same place.
So thankful to all the parents who were teachers, helpers and drivers! The students had so much fun and learned a lot of skills!
This year, we combined our JLS Christmas Program with the International Church of Yaounde’s (ICCY) worship service on Sunday, December 15th.
The 3-year old preschool sang in French: Bonjour, Les Amis and Noël, Noël. They were a bit nervous to be in front of all of those people.
The 4-year old Preschool and Kindergarten class sang Baby Jesus We Love You & O How I Love Jesus.
The 1st-6th graders performed the program, Signs of Christmas by Pam Andrews. Their favorite song was Deck the Halls.
It is common in Cameroon to have matching outfits made for special occasions. Don’t they look great in their Christmas outfits?!
October 5 is International Teacher’s Day. To celebrate in Cameroon, there is a special fabric made (in two colors). Teachers can choose their fabric color and have an outfit made just for them. So fun to celebrate our First Semester Teachers by matching.
It took us a while to all have the outfits made, so we wore our outfits every Tuesday until we had a day when the entire staff was there wearing their outfits and we could take a picture. The day finally arrived on December 3 – only 2 months behind 🙂