Student Showcase

City of Calgary Adventure Play School Visits Children's Village School

On May 30, 2018 a crew of Adventure Play leaders from the City of Calgary visited Children’s Village School.  Early in the morning, they unloaded a cube van filled with tires, ropes, tarps, pipes, crates, barrels, boards, pieces of old playground equipment and all sorts of other lovely ‘junk’. Over the course of the day, forts, balance beams, slingshots, corner stores and spaceships emerged.  Kids climbed on, over and under things, built structures, deconstructed structures, tied things up, dug holes, and told stories. They played. They learned. It was beautiful.

Occupational Therapist, Erin Novak, first made the connection with representatives from the City; she had been working closely with two teachers to facilitate learning through play all year, and the time was right for their loose parts play to extend to larger-scale outdoor exploration. Prior to the Adventure Play day, City staff hosted an after school in-service with CVS staff. They described the process of creating dynamic spaces where children can create, explore, imagine and learn, and they answered questions from CVS staff about both pragmatics and safety. City staff joined CVS’ first day of play and learning, providing support and guidance for both students and staff.

 

Children’s Village students loved Adventure Play—they beamed with pride while describing what they had created and the adventures they had experienced. A CVS psychologist commented on the value of this kind of experience for our students, noting that the opportunity for sustained imaginative, creative play has tremendous value for kids whose learning profiles tend towards impulsivity, inflexibility or reactivity. One teacher commented that she wished she could
make Adventure Play part of learning every day.

Children’s Village students loved Adventure Play—they beamed with pride while describing what they had created and the adventures they had experienced. A CVS psychologist commented on the value of this kind of experience for our students, noting that the opportunity for sustained imaginative, creative play has tremendous value for kids whose learning profiles tend towards impulsivity, inflexibility or reactivity. One teacher commented that she wished she could
make Adventure Play part of learning every day.

Children's Village School "Plant Village" Raises More than $2000 for Charity

Upon doing a quality of life study in their Social Studies class, a group of Grade 3 and 4 students at the Children’s Village School identified that they wanted to help those less fortunate. Through the Entrepreneurial Adventure Program, supported by the Learning Partnership, 10 students participated in a countrywide program to raise money for charity. Using the design process, students created surveys and engaged in building and testing a variety of products to decide their final project: a business that would design and sell terrariums. These students, along with the help of their community mentor and teacher sponsors, created the “Plant Village” and began mass-producing terrariums, which they then sold to the school, family, friends and community members.   

In total, these students from Children’s Village School raised just over $2000 for The Alex and won a National Award from the Learning Partnership for Originality. 

The Children’s Village School is a unique setting within the CBE designed to meet the complex learning, social, and emotional needs of elementary school-aged children whose severe emotional and behavioral difficulties in their current school, community and home create significant barriers to their ability to engage in learning.  Through participation in this project, students reinforced academic and life skills around persistence, confidence and learning while also developing citizenship and character.

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