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Children learn about Spanish cuisine

Outside the Box – LeeAnn Kozan and Ana Montorio On Wednesday afternoon, the Panama City Renaissance School second graders had a Spanish culinary experience at their teacher’s home. During this activity, they made a Spanish omelet. This hands-on project complimented their classroom activities of following an outline and directions (recipe), working together, learning, using new vocabulary, and the necessity of being careful and paying attention – potato peelers, egg cracking, keeping the food in the cooking dishes, etc.     The children thoroughly enjoyed the reward — eating their omelet along with other traditional Spanish food – bread, tomatoes, ham, almonds and a Spanish desert.   The conversation during the event was mostly in Spanish. Bravo kids and gracias Sra. Montorio!...

Explore the Panama City Renaissance School

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington Learn Chinese and Spanish, experiment with math, create a mask and talk with parents and teachers. These activities are part of a special two day program at the Panama City Renaissance School. On Tuesday, January 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 am and again on Thursday, January 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, parents and their children are invited to visit the school and learn about the PCRS program. Both events will be held at 100 N. Mac Arthur, near the intersection of Cherry Street and Cove Boulevard in the “Cove” area of Panama City. For more information, call the school office at...

Panama City Renaissance School welcomes visitors

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington How time flies! It is already time to start thinking about school for the fall of 2008. This year the Panama City Renaissance School will have two events. Explore the School Day is on Tuesday, January 22 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. During this event, parents can observe in the classrooms and children can participate in school day activities. The administrator and parents will be available to answer questions. The annual Open House is the evening of January 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Parents and children are encouraged to visit the school. Teachers, parents, students and the administrator will be on hand to answer questions. For more details on either program call the school office at...

PCRS children visit St. Augustine

Outside the Box – Kate Estes and Kate Huhn On a beautiful, COLD winter day in early January, the children from the Panama City Renaissance School second grade class, a few children from other classes, parents, and teachers visited the Spanish settlement in St. Augustine.   Kate Estes, English Teacher and field trip leader: We met at the gates to the Castillo de San Marcos, a Spanish fort built in 1762 to protect the city of St.Augustine and Spain’s various landholdings in the New World. The fort is the oldest masonry and only 17th century fort still in existance in North America, and was never taken in battle. At the fort gate, the children were welcomed by a reinactor dressed as a Spanish soldier.   First we went up the coquina stairs to the gun deck, where the cannons are kept. The children enjoyed actually touching and reading about the many cannons which sit atop the fort. We found that many of the cannons exhibited in the fort were captured in various battles in and around Florida. We also toured the lookout towers and the bell tower where the soldiers would have kept a close watch on the Matansas River and Atlantic Ocean for incoming enemy ships.   The children recalled that the fort had been made almost entirely of coquina, a substance formed from crushed shells, and that coquina was a perfect material for a fort. Because the coquina is relatively soft compared to other building materials, cannon balls shot at the fort often stuck in the coquina walls rather than breaking the walls apart. At night, the...

Merging educational approaches from the US and China could optimize learning

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington Almost all parents want “the best” for their children. However, “the best” and how to achieve it is very different in China and the US. This fall Qinglan Liang, Deputy Principal and Senior Teacher in Chinese Language Arts at the Lu Cheng MIddle School in the Jiu-Long-Po District of Xipeng, Chongqing, China was a visiting scholar at the Panama City Renaissance School (Panama City, Florida, USA). According to Ms. Liang, in China there are so many people, only children with outstanding academic records are assured good jobs. As a result, Chinese parents do everything they can to give their child a competitive edge in school. In this culture, the majority of the parents follow the teacher’s requirements for study. They make sure their kids complete all the homework and do not complain about the amount or the difficulty. In addition, parents generally do not make excuses for their children, if they perform poorly.    To provide their children with an even better chance for success, Chinese parents are willing to make many personal and financial sacrifices to get their child into the best schools. In addition, parents teach or hire tutors to teach extra content to assure their child is ahead of the class. If their child is behind, they work many extra hours at home or hire a tutor to bring their child up to speed.    According to Ms. Liang, in recent years Chinese parents have become very concerned about new facilities and equipment, because there is the belief that “new” means “quality”. This perception is creating problems, because resources are...
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