Short Course day a hit with WCA kids [UPDATED]Published 10:58am Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Updated 11:05am Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Thursday, April 5, was a fun day for students and guests alike at West Central Area (WCA) Elementary North in Elbow Lake. Students had an opportunity to experience different classes instructed by teachers, WCA staff, parents and others from the community.
Short Course Day was a hit among all the participants.
“We’re having a great afternoon, with kids learning about many different subject matters,” said WCA Supt. Pat Westby. “We gave students the opportunity to choose from among 17 different subjects.”
“Fun with Science” was the topic in Melissa Anderson’s classroom. Even though she teaches second grade, this topic attracted kids from other classrooms, including third graders.
A guest presenter in Anderson’s classroom was Laurel Liebl, parent of second grader Louise Liebl. She and her husband also have two kids in the WCA middle school at Barrett.
“Fish buoyancy is our topic this afternoon,” said Liebl. “The kids learn that bony fish achieve buoyancy through an air filled sac called a swim bladder. The bladder controls the fish’s buoyancy by varying the gas pressure inside the fish’s body to allow it to sink or rise in the water.”
At Liebl’s table, learning more about fish buoyancy, were fourth graders Jarred Lock, Jack VanKempen, Declan Johnson, Wyatt Clausen and Braden Overson.
Other subject matters on Thursday afternoon included paper airplanes, wash cloth bunnies, wild about penguins, catch the sun, fruit smoothies, a drawing as tall as me, water colors, scooter relays, basic self defense, creative crayon art, woodworking, pocket purse, yogurt cake, game show fun, pop bottle spinners and infinity scarf.
A volunteer and parent at the catch the sun table was Laurie Hagen, parent of Olivia, a first grader. Olivia’s preschool sister, Ariel, was able to take part in Short Course Day, standing alongside her mother.
With game show fun, kids had the opportunity to take part in activities similar to popular TV shows such as “The Price is Right,” “Jeopardy,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
With catch the sun, the kids painted their own sun catcher and created a sun mobile or flower pot. In woodworking, the students learned how to measure, hammer, saw and then make their own individual projects to take home.
“We’re pleased with the variety of subjects available for the students,” said Westby, “and we appreciate the community members who came here to take part in Short Course Day.”