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Borrow a Robot

November 01, 2022
By Tori Beth Keller

Students at ACE enjoy STEAM classes each week. STEAM classes involve hands on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math. These skills are so important and the learning doesn’t have to end when students are at home. The Loudon County Public Library has the solution with their Makerspace section available at the Sterling, Rust, Brambleton and Gum Spring branches.


Makerspace is an area of the library dedicated to making and creating. Offerings vary depending on which branch you visit and can be found on the website https://library.loudoun.gov/Makerspace. There are 3D printers, sewing machines, 3D carving machines, coding robots and more.

My family recently explored the coding robots that are available to borrow for one week at a time. My sons loved the Sphero bot we borrowed first. Sphero is a round plastic ball that can be coded to steer in any direction and change colors. It’s recommended for ages 8 and up because of the coding but my six-year-old enjoyed steering without the use of coding which is possible through the app.

The next robot we borrowed was the Ozobot Evo and this my favorite so far. The Ozobot is recommended for ages five and up because it uses color coding. Children create a path for the robot to follow by drawing a black line. Then along the route they can use the color markers provided to code the robot to take actions such as speed up, spin around, zigzag and more.

The mBot robot must be a popular one because we are still waiting to borrow it. The great news is there is a waiting list and you are notified when the bot is ready to pick up. This bot is recommended for ages 8 and up and involves building the bot (think Erector set) and then coding it with Scratch.

 

We hope you get a chance to check out the Makerspace at your local library. Let us know which bot is your favorite bot to borrow!

 

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Playground Updates at ACE

September 01, 2022
By Tori Beth Keller

Big changes came to the ACE playground over the Summer. We rearranged the five picnic tables in order to create more space for our students to line up when recess is over. This is especially helpful when multiple classes must line up at the same time. Moving the picnic tables that were located towards the rear of the playground allows for a much bigger basketball area for our students. Our students love the new basketball area and the new basketballs that go with it. In fact, all the balls, jump ropes and other playground toys have been replaced with new ones!

The benches on our playground got a fresh coat of blue paint. They now match the color of the picnic tables. Next to our benches are new sheds to house our equipment.

If you have a young student at ACE, they may have told you how much they love to ride on the tricycles at recess. Teachers usually had to put a time limit on the two trikes because of the high demand. Now, ACE has four new tricycles in nice bright colors. Sorry first graders and up, these trikes are for our younger students.

Over the years we have lost a few trees that used to shade our playground so ACE installed a very large sun shade. The use of this shaded area is totally up to the creativity of our students. We can see kids using the space for four square, hopscotch and more. We know our teachers also enjoy using the shaded space on hot days.

Lastly, ACE added a privacy screen around the fenced playground area. This not only gives our recess area a more private feel but it also makes our students more visible to the teachers. 
 

We hope you enjoy all the updates to the playground at ACE. If you haven’t seen them yet, take a look next time you visit us.

 

Avoiding the Summer Slide

June 01, 2022
By Tori Beth Keller


Every summer, my family looks forward to lazy days with no real schedule. After a few days without structure the whole family realizes how important it is and we look for ways to put some back into our summer break. Another less obvious thing that happens over the summer is that our children start to slide academically. Without the daily practice of school work, children can forget as much as two months of math and reading knowledge. This is why most schools feel the need to reteach things the first few weeks of school.

So how can you help your child to avoid the summer slide? Academy of Christian Education has some easy tips that are easy to do and won’t take up your entire summer.

#1 Read, read and read some more:
- Visit your local library and let your children pick out some books to read. You can make this fun by adding an incentive for when your child finishes one book or even 5 books depending on your child’s reading level and book thickness.
- Read at all opportunities. Let your child help with cooking and read you the recipe. Let your child read you directions on your next trip. 
- Play boardgames that require reading. My kids love monopoly and even though the game can last days, I love that there is math and reading involved. 
- Reading to your children counts! Do your children still love a bedtime story? Reading to and with your kids is also a great way to keep up reading skills over the summer.

#2 Use math daily:
- You don’t have to sign up for a math camp to keep up your kids’ skills this summer. Practice math facts over the summer. Older kids can do this on their own, but both older and younger students enjoy parents quizzing them on math facts.
- Recipes aren’t just helpful with reading skills; they also provide an opportunity to use math skills. Do you have a recipe that makes too much? Have your child help you to half the recipe. Or maybe your child can help you double a recipe, because guests are coming over. If your child doesn’t enjoy cooking, there are recipes for making slime and play-doh online that might excite them.
- Headed to the store? Bring your children and let them help with any math along the way. Should you buy the small box of crackers or the big? Show your child how to look at the price per ounce and see which is the better deal. Another great way to use math is to let your child figure out how much tip to leave when you eat out. 
- Lots of boardgames require math. The best part is that playing boardgames together as a family is a great way to spend quality time together and sneak in math practice at the same time!


Here are some more tips for avoiding the summer slide.

 

http://blog.cisneworleans.org/2015/05/29/slowing-the-summer-slide/

ACE Fitness Challenge

May 01, 2022
By Tori Beth Keller

Physical fitness is important for our children now and over their lifetime. Sports are great for fitness, but keeping kids active can also be as easy and fun as heading to the playground or visiting one of the many trails around the area to take a hike.


This month ACE students will take part in the yearly ACE Fitness Challenge. Our physical education teacher, Mrs. Heath, is working hard to prepare everything for the week of May 23rd. ACE needs parent volunteers to help with this year’s fitness challenge. Please view the schedule below and see If you have time to help. And for those of you that are curious about the gold and silver level standards for the fitness challenge, they are listed below by age.


This year's fitness challenge is sure to be fun. We hope to see you there!

Best of Reston Award

March 01, 2022
By Tori Beth Keller

Academy of Christian Education Receives 2022 Best of Reston Award 
The Reston Award Program announced on February 9, 2022 that the Academy of Christian Education had been selected for the 2022 Best of Reston Award in the Private School category. The Academy of Christian Education is the only private school in Reston, Virginia to receive this prestigious award for four consecutive years.

Each year, the Reston Award Program identifies companies they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Reston area a great place to live, work and play.

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