Idiom of the Week at OFS

Idiom of the Week at OFS

by Pam Dougherty Does your child have difficulty understanding figurative language? Children with language based learning differences often do. It is important for every child at OFS to understand idioms and how adults and other kids use them, since they are so common in everyday conversation. Idioms are commonly used phrases that say one thing but mean something completely different. Like “spill the beans”, “piece of cake” or “it’s raining cats and dogs.” Many students at OFS are literal thinkers and find idioms confusing. Each week at OFS we showcase a different idiom. In our morning collection, the entire school gathers and discusses that week’s idiom. To explain it, we act it out, use pictures, tell stories and tie it to real world experiences. Our staff then incorporates the idiom throughout the day in class time, lunch and recess. We help our students  get a grasp on the most used idioms. We work toward making him or her more comfortable in conversations and social situations. They gain a better understanding of what’s really being said. Not only does a better understanding of figurative language improve social situations, but mastering them adds color and interest to writing. By developing a clear understanding of figurative language, students can also further comprehend texts that contain metaphorical and lexical meanings beyond the basic word level. Stop in to see what idiom we are working on this...
OFS Geography Fair March 4, 2016

OFS Geography Fair March 4, 2016

by Pam Dougherty Since the start of school in September, every student at OFS has been learning geography at their own instructional level. Each class started with learning the basics of geography such as land forms, climates, and map skills. The students then moved on to learning about continents, countries, and oceans. As we approached winter break, we incorporated studying various holiday traditions from around the world. Students loved learning about the different stories of Santa Claus, exotic foods, and unique traditions that people have. In January, it was announced that OFS would host a Geography Fair. The students were ecstatic  to show off what they had been learning to their family and friends. This project based activity allowed each student to pick their own country, research it, and use their unique learning style and creativity to present it. For over a month, the entire school community worked enthusiastically on this event. March 4th was the big day, the Geography Fair! Students anxiously set up their tables with tri-folds, some brought picture books, ipads, music, food from their country, clothing, lego models,photos, and items from their travels. A few students who attend OFS have been internationally adopted from places like China, Guatemala, and Kazakhstan. The fair gave theses students the unique opportunity to teach the community about their birth country and culture. Parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors filled our gathering room. The turnout was overwhelming. Each guest “traveled” from country to country with their pretend passport. Students stood proudly by their displays and taught our guests and each other what they had been learning and preparing for all year. We...