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The following learning opportunities are special features experienced daily, weekly or monthly by Voyager students. The opportunities vary in learning life lessons from Charlene, our green ostrich friend to Friday frolics, a positive reinforcement for students that take ownership for their personal homework responsibilities. Please take a look at these special classroom features and discover all the different styles of learning that are provided for The Voyager students on a regular basis.

Sing-a-long with Jim (daily) 
All the students gather to sing with Jim as he plays his autoharp. This is a great time of community for the children. It provides a very positive and exciting beginning to the day. Older students help point out words in songbooks giving younger students a non-traditional experience in learning to ready by singing their favorite songs. Not only are wiggles worked out to start the day, children are exposed to a variety of music, like the poems and writings of author like Shel Silverstein in song.

Teacher Read (daily)
Teacher Read is a peaceful time during the day that allows our kids to hone their listening skills while they are read to by our teachers.

Life Lessons with Charlene (weekly) 
During the integrated renaissance themed curriculum, Charlene taught students the values of being a Voyager Knight, with important lessons of honesty, courage, and kindness to be taken to heart.

Voyaging (daily) 
Based on the eight intelligences, the first half hour of the day is spent on a student-chosen activity. Most students choose to work with their favorite intelligences (i.e. Legos, art, music, etc.). This is a highly social time. It also allows teachers to check in with each student every day.

Friday Frolics (weekly) 
Fun activities for a half hour on Friday afternoon, allowing students to choose where they want to go based on the activities offered. This is a combination of student and teacher-led time. If homework is incomplete students finish assignments during Friday Frolics until their responsibility is met while those with completed homework are rewarded with choosing an afternoon activity. The homework given a week in advance is within the student's ability. The teachers are not as concerned with "correctness" of answers as students being responsible for initiating and completing the assignment on time.

Reading Buddies (weekly) 
Mixing classrooms together, older students buddy up with younger student once a week for 20-25 minutes and read aloud to each other. This special feature provides older students the opportunity to mentor and practice social responsibility while providing youngers with a one on one time reading practice.

Switcheroo (weekly) - Social Studies - Science - Dramatics
Full-day students are seperated into multi-age groups and spend the year together exploring dramatics, spanish or science topics and preparing for our annual Voyager year-end play. Switcheroo promotes community building across the ages and provides an opportunity for the older and younger students to learn from each other.

Extra Extra (bi-annualy) 
A written, oral and visual report presented to the class, and video taped for later viewing. Students research a self-selected subject, and the whole Voyager community make a rapt audience as they learn from another student in their community

Birthdays with Bonzo & Bonzetta (monthly) 
Brown birthday bags appear with pictures of Bonzo or Bonzetta and the names of those celebrating birthdays that month. The kids than make cards, animals, and a variety birthday greetings to fill the brown grocery bags for their classmates. This is a very exciting time as the Voyager students really enjoy making birthday surprises for each other. It is amazing to see how special these simple brown bags become.

East End Park (seasonally) 
Students walk to East End Park to take a nature walk, clean-up the park, or explore in real life a science lesson learned in the classroom.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Voyager School
1050 Pennoyer
Grand Haven MI, 49417
616 850 5300