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Journey: Session 2, Week 1

Hello Parents! Welcome to the exciting first week of session 2! In this session, the learners will focus on writing speeches for Genre and learning about electricity + quantum physics for Quest!

We started off our session with an extravagant Halloween party at school. The Journey learners worked so hard to decorate + plan activities for everyone at AABC. Everyone came in their costumes, and we started the activities, which included pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, witch hat making, and more. We then went to the field to play Capture the Flag! Lastly, to close off the day, we sat down with our popcorn and cookies and watched Hubie Halloween!

By Wednesday, we started to dive deep into our quest and genre. For genre, we watched Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. We took notes, recognizing what made his speech so powerful and how we could implement that into the speeches we would create later in the session. Each learner will pick a topic they are passionate about and write their speeches “for” or “against” that topic.

In Quest, we researched everything about circuits and electricity. On the first day of doing this, we explored and watched videos explaining the different types of circuits and how they work. Then, the next day, we took everything we learned and put it into practice. We built our own “series” and “parallel” circuits using wires, batteries, and lights. It was so incredible to make this effect, all from just three materials. We are using what we learned about creating circuits for later in the session, where we will build cities that will, of course, need electricity to function.

We aren’t doing this quest as individuals but rather as a team. This isn’t to make our work easier, but instead, so that we can work on our team-building skills. The learners have to assign tasks to everyone in their team and work together to finish all the challenges. Teamwork is another part of our quest, which can be used in business when working with employees, co-workers, or even managers.

During Civ, we learned all about the homestead strike and JP Morgan. The Homestead strike occurred in 1892 when the Carnegie Steel Company workers protested because of their low wages and even longer work days that Andrew Carngie’s partner, Henry Frick, was giving them.

Now, most people only know the banks, “Chase and JP Morgan,” and don’t know much about the person himself. However, JP Morgan was one of the most successful businessmen in America and helped create the modern American economy. He helped finance the major railroad, steel, and electric companies that were critical for America.

I hope you learned about our week and how hard everyone has worked. Just from the first week of the session, we have learned so much, and we’ll continue to do so as the session goes on.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”

-B.B King

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