Today we visited with the principals of the two schools we will be working in all next week. The first school is just a 10 minute walk from our apartments, in the heart of Tbilisi. It is the Lepl Experimental School. It houses about 2,600 students from grades 1-12. (We were not able to take pictures of this school yet. Stay tuned next week for those.) The students walk to school because they live in the surrounding neighborhoods. We learned that at this school the 1st graders had already finished school for the summer, and that the second graders had recently moved up to third grade. We met several of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers who were excited to have us bring some math and science to their students next week.
We also visited the Buckswood International School. This school is located about a 20 minute drive from Tbilisi, in the hills surrounding the city. The students take buses to and from this school. It houses just 500 students in grades preK-12. We saw several classrooms, including a science lab pictured here. The elementary students at this school take some interesting classes, including one called Nature where they learn about their surrounding environment, and Logic, which includes learning the game of chess!
We'd like to thank the young followers of our blog. They come from Mrs. Holt's first grade class in Raynham, MA, and Mrs. Kunkle's kindergarten class in Plymouth, MA. Mrs. Holt's class put together a slide show of what their classroom looks like for Mrs. Glen to show the Georgian students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDnCJc4sbo0. Mrs. Kunkle's class learned about the location and flag of Georgia from Mr. Parmenter, one of the BSU students on the trip.