Today was quite a special day in the Annex!
For the first time, the teachers opened the Primary and Lower Elementary classrooms so students could flow between the spaces. The excitement was palpable.
Returning Primary students were eager to visit their former space with familiar and unfamiliar works, new furniture and their Lower Elementary friends. New Primary students were eager to explore the Lower Elementary space for the first time.
Lower Elementary students were over the moon to both visit the brand new Primary spaces and to visit some of the familiar works on the shelves.
Students from both classes were often seen showing their visitors around and enjoying the new outdoor classroom together. Everywhere there were small groups or pairs of students from both classes talking, working and playing. We might have even overheard a few Grade 1 students debating if the slide could possibly be the same (it seems so small now).
This was one of the motivating factors in moving classrooms this summer and we expect it to be a regular event. This a particularly wonderful thing for our kindergartners, as their move to first grade will be to a room where they already feel at home and with staff whom they already know.