July always seems to last forever, and August, well, it’s a snowball out of control! I am savouring these last weeks of summer holiday bliss knowing that soon we’ll all be back in the busyness of another school year.
Late last spring, I arrived at work one morning to find our remaining goldfish, Zulu, had finally succumbed to old age. After a fitting tribute, the tank was drained and cleaned and I decided to wait till the new school year to set up a new fish community. So, now I had a small fish tank sitting a silent watch in our Learning Commons. What to do?
As luck and good timing would have it, one of our grade 4/5 gifted classes had just completed designing tiny houses for a math unit. How perfect! Maybe a design could actually come to life inside the empty fish tank! Their teacher, Ms Millar, was on board with the idea and selected a great group of students to spend time each day designing and building. And they jumped right in – designing, creating, building, problem solving, recreating, revisioning, problem solving, creating, rebuilding… you get the point! Lots of fantastic work, and some laughs along the way, and “tada!” our very own Tiny House!
The Project will be on display through September. Start off your year with a visit to the Learning Commons and, while you’re here, make sure you spend some time looking through the glass walls of our Tiny House!