We started the week yesterday exploring some math exercises involving decoding messages. These are really fun to do, but they also serve as a precursor to our study on patterns and more advanced concepts in mathematics. The girls had a lot of fun creating messages for me to decode, and I'm not even done with half of them!
We also spent some time setting goals for the year, as well as figuring out our groups for the camp cabins.
My favourite part of class yesterday, however, was exploring the song "I'm just a girl" with the group, and seeing them try to understand the concepts hidden within the song: first on their own, then debating within their groups, researching things they didn't understand, and finally, debating together as a class. It was a wonderful tie-in to the code-breaking we were doing in Math, as many of the words in the song had hidden meanings, and much of what was said had to be guessed. This was very challenging for the girls, but also exciting.
Many topics were raised by some of the girls which were not common knowledge for all the girls, such as the pink tax, the salary gap, violence against women, contraception, and all sorts of surprising twists and turns. It was very engaging for me to watch them take the conversation in all sorts of angles, and become passionate and vocal regarding women's issues in Canada and the world.
We finished the exercise in a high note, singing a few songs which have a similar sentiment as No Doubt's song. This was a very fun day, and a great precursor to a future exercise coming up, involving Language Arts, Arts and Social Studies!
Today, we continued our Math deciphering explorations with another set of coded messages. Afterwards, we watched the video based on the wonderful book "If the World were a Village", and started our Social Studies project on a country around the world, which will get us started on becoming a Global Citizen by exploring other cultures and differences when comparing to Canadian culture. We also had fun outside, doing a few theater games!
I feel like I am getting to know the girls more and more, and that they are getting to know me more; we are getting into a very good groove, and preparing well for a year of learning together.