The students of Waterfront Academy walked to the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater on the National Mall, had a picnic on the grass, and then enjoyed the show “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres” to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres” is a bilingual children’s music show that celebrates Latin culture.
Waterfront Academy is a bilingual school and one of the tools that we use to keep the dual immersion culture at the school is to create an environment that places the Spanish language as the prestigious language and this field trip was a fun way to reinforce the Spanish they have been learning since the start of the school year. Our students thoroughly enjoyed singing and dancing and practicing their Spanish words. It was truly a fun time had by all.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Latin Culture doesn’t need to be confined to only one month and we have several similar events and trips planned year-round.
100 Book Challenge
(photo caption: Madison, first reader to finish the 100 Book Challenge)
Waterfront Academy students started the 100 Book Challenge in October where the goal is for each student to read over 100 different books this school year. To make the challenge a little more manageable for our younger students, every 25 books is acknowledged with a small celebration. One of our students proved to be an especially eager reader. Madison breezed through her first milestone in just a few weeks, making her our first celebrated challenge reader. Great job, Madison!!
Reading is the cornerstone to a lifetime of learning and giving our students the gift of enjoyable reading is a priority. We encourage both free reading and writing here at school as well as at home.