The majority of students have completed their work and will bring it home soon. Please take a moment to discuss the work with your child. It is important that the work is valued beyond the aesthetic. Through this work, your child has demonstrated commitment, perseverance and patience over a number of weeks. Ask your child to explain the entire process to you. Ask him/her, how long did it take? Ask him/her to evaluate “Are you pleased with your work? Why? What is good about it? What did not work so well?” Ask your child about challenges met, and the solutions he/she found. Remind him/her of the Outdoor Learning experience in the forest and seek connections with this. Show him/her this Andy Goldsworthy link (by Niall Dickenson) and use it as a conversation piece. Have your child take pride in his/her work. Take a photo and send it to Grandparents. Place it in a prominent place in your home. And throughout the summer, keep this work in mind, wherever you may be. Provide your child continued exposure to outdoor exploration. Provide him/her opportunities to invent and create. Expose him/her to the work of others through galleries and museums. Point out any outdoor art installations you find, as you travel to your home town, city, country, or vacations elsewhere. Connection is the key. We are now ready and excited for Third Grade. Enjoy your summer with family and friends, and safe travels to all.