Around the World for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving behind us, some of our 6-8 team social studies students are traveling around the world learning about different holiday traditions.

Each student has a “passport” which is stamped when they “visit” a country, and a “suitcase” to carry momentos from their travels. When “visiting”  Mexico, for example, and learning about Las Posadas, students made replicas of poinsettias whose red and green foliage is often used in holiday displays.

Not only does this holiday-themed unit reinforce students’ knowledge of countries around the globe, it encourages an interest and appreciation of diverse cultures and traditions.

And, of course, LGS students and staff wish everyone – whatever your traditions – a memorable holiday season.

Mountain, Warrior, Cobra and More

Throughout the year, Ms. Foster’s Physical Education classes encourage students to participate in activities ranging from training for the Flying Pig Kids Marathon, to learning basic soccer skills, to improving their bowling score. Students frequently discover new interests and new talents, inspiring them to maintain a lifetime of physical activity and perhaps become involved in fitness groups or sports teams.

Most recently, Ms. Foster’s students learned about yoga which is not only beneficial for developing balance, strength and flexibility; it also encourages increased self-awareness and self-regulation.

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Greek Myths: Importance Then and Now

6-8 team social studies students have been studying Ancient Civilizations – most recently their gods and goddesses – encouraging the students’ understanding and appreciation of different cultures, whether across the world or in different eras.

In learning about Greek mythology, for example, students consider “What meanings did the myths have for the ancient Greeks?” and “What meanings do the Greek myths have for us today?”

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Lady Lindy: What Really Happened?

More than seven decades after her disappearance, aviatrix Amelia Earhart continues to inspire and intrigue students and adults – including the students of Mrs. Naveh’s reading class students.

Charles Lindberg was dubbed “Lucky Lindy” after becoming the first person to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Amelia Earhart, who became known as “Lady Lindy,” was the first woman (and second person after Lindbergh) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean – a notable achievement for anyone but especially for a woman at the time.

But Earhart was not satisfied and became determined to be the first pilot ever to circumnavigate the globe. In 1937, accompanied by her navigator Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart took off from Oakland, California, flew to Miami, then down to South America, across the Atlantic to Africa, then east to India and Southeast Asia. The final stretch of their ‘round-the-world flight included a stop on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean for refueling; but the pair never arrived or were heard from again.

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Activity-Based Learning Increases Understanding and Interaction

Activity-based classroom experiences not only aid understanding and comprehension but also encourage students to be more inquisitive and develop their own problem-solving skills. Such experiences also help student engagement at school and encourage positive interactions with classmates.

Left: Jack Peak and Liam Light learn about open and closed circuits — as well as parallel versus series circuits — using wires, light bulbs, switches and more. Right: In their study of Ancient Egyptian agricultural practices, 6-8 team students create soil models of basin irrigation systems and LEGO™ models of shadufs — hand-operated devices for lifting and distributing water. Left to right: Owen Berta, Sophia Wooten, Alex Berninger.

Cincinnati Restaurant Company Creates Valuable Experiences for LGS Students

LGS Applied Skills students are gaining valuable work and life experiences thanks to RGT Management, Inc., one of the largest restaurant companies in the Cincinnati market.

Each month, students travel to RGT Management offices to assist with mailings and other tasks, developing valuable skills in a typical office environment. In appreciation for the students’ time and effort, RGT often provides the students with restaurant coupons, creating opportunities for students to dine out in the community.

RGT also facilitated funding of an oven hood to enable the use of an oven in the school’s Applied Skills kitchen – a kitchen used to help students learn cooking and related skills.

Just as important, RGT is a great ambassador for LGS among its employees and in the community. As a sponsor of LGS’s Crazy Golf event, RGT engaged employees in preparing and serving food for event attendees. At the event, RGT employees and their family members interacted with families and kids with autism and other special needs, providing face painting, playing the Crazy Golf course, joining in the carnival games and more.

Top left: 6-8 team staff and students take advantage of a photo opportunity with Colonel Sanders during a visit to RGT Management offices. Jackson Ramsey (top right,) Bennett Grady (bottom) and other students travel to RGT once a month to assist with office tasks, gaining valuable work experience.

Afterschool Activities Encourage New Interests and Skills

Linden Grove School recognizes the value of extra-curricular activities in regard to exploring personal interests and developing personal skills. In addition to Dingoes – a scout program developed by school staff – LGS facilitates a range of private and group activities at the school or in the community, including but not limited to music lessons, taekwondo, swimming, and Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO™ labs.



Music lessons, taekwondo, and Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO™ lab are some of the afterschool activities available at LGS throughout the year.

LGS Scout Program Instills Pride and Sense of Belonging

“I am a Dingo! I will work hard! I will have fun!”

That is the oath of the Dingoes – a new scout program created especially for Linden Grove School students. Each week, students enjoy hands-on activities and guest presenters based on a different theme. Themes range from Engineering to Personal Safety, from Animal Care to Culinary Skills, providing new experiences for students beyond their special interests. Students receive a badge reflecting each theme, nurturing feelings of accomplishment and pride. More importantly, activities are structured and facilitated to foster the development of social skills and a sense of belonging.

Left: Peter Lovaas assists Livy Berninger with making Dingoes Cookies for her culinary skills badge. Right: Donovan Kemp models firefighter gear during Fire Safety week.

Special Interests, Special Friends

Each member of Linden Grove School’s Class of 2018 has unique talents and interests.

One student is a talented artist. Another enjoys creating his own musical compositions using the computer application MuseScore. One student looks forward to a future working with animals, and another wants to cook food in a restaurant.

Whether their favorite class was art or music, math or science, social studies or reading, all students believe LGS has prepared them for high school in a variety of ways. Some say LGS has helped them learn how to follow directions and complete assignments. Others say LGS has taught them about sensory breaks and how to manage their behavior. All say LGS has helped them learn how to make friends and to have FUN!

Friends are what graduates will miss most about LGS. But they look forward to making new friends — friends with whom they can share their special interests.

Members of the Class of 2018 have their own interests and favorite memories of LGS. Clockwise from top: Daaks Austin; Nicholas Savchenko swinging in the sensory room; Finn Davitt and Simon Evans, whose egg survived the drop from a firetruck ladder; Max Siekman making his own pizza crust during a school outing to Pizzeria Locale.

Creating Summer Structure for Kids with Autism

A person with autism thrives on being in a familiar environment with routine and structure. So while kids with autism may not enjoy every minute of every school day, they do find comfort in the structure.

Summer vacation, on the other hand, can be difficult for kids with autism because their “safe” routines are gone.

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