Exploration + Application + Comprehension = WINTERIM
The routine of second semester is upon us and to some degree it feels strange. After experiencing the exciting learning opportunities existing within an LHSKC Winterim, the regular schedule seems to meander along. And what a Winterim it was. Classes such as Quilting, Sign Language, Documentary Film/Current Events, U.S Government, Art Professions, The Amazing Science Race, Health, Serving Others, Story Telling and the Stage, and Power Shop. Our students had the opportunity to take apart a $50,000 Harley Motorcycle piece by piece and reassemble it. The Serving Others group traveled to Wisconsin in order to assist learning disabled adults in a camp setting. This was the second year in a row where our students had this ministry opportunity. The Government class journeyed to Jefferson City to observe the state senate in action. A personal tour of the Capitol building was a side benefit. Lawyers, judges, politicians, artists, writers and others shared their expertise with LHSKC classes in order for students to understand various professions, work scenarios, daily routines, and career pathways.
The internet, the digital age, and other yet to be determined technological devices have changed our world forever. Learning styles, and learning itself, have been transformed during my lifetime. Winterim is a brief time period where young, inquisitive minds can explore unique avenues to success. Winterim affords students a myriad of possibilities to probe deeper into subject material only read or talked about before in traditional classes. “Hands on,” “real world,” “life-changing” are all the phrases used to describe the type of intellectual engagement found in the LHSKC Winterim world. We are in the process of assessing and evaluating this three year program in order to determine how to best utilize this idea in the coming years.
A personal “Thank You” to our dedicated faculty for creating these mini “think tanks” of learning for students to explore.
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…” Romans 12:2
Dr. Cary Stelmachowicz