New techol­ogy lets stu­dents ex­plore cre­ativ­ity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

This win­ter, kinder­garten stu­dents at Grace Chris­tian School will have an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand their learn­ing through a new and in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy.

Through a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from a lo­cal busi­ness owner, the school was able to pur­chase a suite of LeapFrog devices for the Kinder­garten pro­gram.

With this new suite, Kinder­garten stu­dents will use the tools to en­rich their learn­ing. The de­sign of the learn­ing ma­te­ri­als and as­so­ci­ated cur­ricu­lum rec­og­nizes that not all stu­dents learn the same way and through the use of this new tech­nol­ogy stu­dents will ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity and logic, foster a love of read­ing and so­cial un­der­stand­ing, and in­spire sci­en­tific think­ing.

“You may find a stu­dent record­ing or il­lus­trat­ing their own sto­ry­book or per­haps ex­plor­ing the wa­ter cy­cle be­fore head­ing off to the art cen­ter to con­struct a model,” says Ja­son Biech, Grace Chris­tian School prin­ci­pal.

“Some stu­dents may ex­plore a se­cond lan­guage such as French or Man­darin, while other stu­dents will ex­plore ecosys­tems. Truth­fully, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.”

The new learn­ing suite is one of many ex­pan­sions Grace Chris­tian School is em­bark­ing upon.

An­other new pro­gram re­cently in­tro­duced cod­ing to all stu­dents from PreK through Grade 12. Ad­di­tion­ally, the school now of­fers man­darin classes for stu­dents in the el­e­men­tary grades.

“At Grace Chris­tian School, we do more than teach sub­jects to stu­dents. From the ear­li­est years through to grad­u­a­tion, we are de­vel­op­ing high ca­pac­ity lead­ers, thinkers, and in­no­va­tors for the fu­ture,” adds Biech.

“We are cre­at­ing a school where our stu­dents are highly en­gaged and our learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment is au­then­tic, fos­ters mas­tery of skills, mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships, and global ser­vice.”

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Kinder­garten stu­dents El­liot Able, Kristin Hov­land and Jack Kelly use Grace Chris­tian School's new LeapFrog learn­ing suite ma­te­ri­als to ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity and logic, foster a love of read­ing and so­cial un­der­stand­ing and in­spire sci­en­tific think­ing.

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