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Location notes for "Dans une grande âme"

These are the location notes for "Dans une grande âme."

Corin lives in West Edge, Wyoming. This town (pop. 19,000) lies at the intersection of Wyoming Highway 259 and Wyoming Highway 387, in the vicinity of L-Wyoming Midwest (pop. 404) and Edgerton (pop. 195) towns.

Here is a map of Wyoming cities.

See the exterior and interior of the Salt Creek Museum in West Edge.

Genna's desk now has three monitors and a computer system underneath.

Children enter Reflétant l’école not based on age, but based on action. Whenever they start to mimic adults deliberately, they're ready to begin school. This usually happens some time during toddler age.

Children's mirrors encourage play and learning.

These funhouse mirrors are made of polished stainless steel, weatherproof and resistant to vandalism. They can be switched inside their frames to keep the display interesting, usually one per week.

The school always has one or more sets of funhouse mirrors. In addition to the basic distortion types, there are also multiple-bubble, pebble, faceted, mosaic, and other styles. Students are taught to think critically about what they see, because some things are distortions or illusions. In science class, they study light and its behavior.

This reflection room branches off from the lobby.

The toddler room has lots of furniture sized for small children. The youngest students typically eat snacks and lunch right in their own classroom. This room has its own bathroom, too. Mirrors include a pull-up mirror, funhouse mirrors, colored mirrors, mirrored storage units, and a mirror wall with toys.

Children are encouraged to dress up and take on different roles. This free expression helps them exercise imagination, creativity, and individuality. Teachers model how to dress up and pretend, but not what to choose. The materials get rotated every week to provide fresh interest. Make-believe play in young children sets the stage for drama class and home economics later on. This dress-up wardrobe has a mirror.

Some other examples of mirrors around the school include a sensory wall, sea life, leadership theme, one made of blocks, and another made of prisms.

Because the school teaches French, they have a number of wall quotes in that language:

N'arrêtez jamais de rêver.
Never stop dreaming.

C'est le ton qui fait la musique.
It is the tone that makes the music.

c'est le ton qui fait la musique
it is the tone that makes the music; it's not what you say but how you say it (i.e.: how things are said makes their meaning credible)

Bon appetit!
Good eating!

In grade school, large classrooms offer multiple work stations so that students can break into different groups. This makes it easy to divide a class by ability (some working on their own, others getting help from a teacher) or interest (some writing, some doing art, others working on computers) within a single lesson. While some furnishings such as cabinets and sinks are fixed, others like chairs, tables, and folding screens are mobile to allow easy customization for different activities.

Alongside the public bathrooms are accessible dotties.

Many, though not necessarily all, of the classrooms for older children and teens incorporate a mirror wall. This is distinguished from a dance studio by the lack of a barre along the walls. The desk chairs have been pushed against the wall. You can see the teacher's larger chair and desk on the left. When you can watch yourself giving a presentation, it's easier to correct mistakes, and the mirror also facilitates supervision for the teachers.

Most of these schools have a dance studio where they teach ballet, ballroom dance, and French folk dances. Mirrors line one or more walls, in this case three as the fourth is all windows. The dance studio is distinguished from a regular classroom by the barres that run along the walls. Notice that the barres have different levels to accommodate different student heights. This also supports students with special needs who require balance aids or physical therapy, making the school very inclusive. The main goal is simply to provide exercise and teach dancing to a social level of skill. However, students who show real talent have the opportunity to specialize in it without going to a dance school that may underserve academic studies. This dance features mirrors.

There are typically several different exercise studios for such things as yoga, meditation, and calisthenics. These schools rarely teach conventional sports such as basketball or football, so their physical education setup is very different.

The schools often have a swimming pool, which gives interested students a chance to join the swim team and compete against others.

All students are taught the basics of self-care, family care, and other life skills. Those interested in more challenge can take advanced classes such as romance, parenting, child development, kitchen science, or costume design. The available curriculum goes up to the level of a finishing school, offering much more advanced instruction in topics that most schools abandon at trivial levels. That's one reason they turn out so many professionals in certain careers: their students get a big head start.

Here the home economics suite includes a kitchen, a leather-themed bedroom, a lavender bathroom, a wood-and-mirrors themed bedroom, and a blue bathroom.

Students learn about both the fashionable and the practical aspects of clothing. This includes sewing and shopping with attention to home life, hobbies, work, and special occasions. Each semester, students assemble a capsule wardrobe for fall/winter or for spring. This often includes a field trip to Le Petit Jardin for girls, or Cinc Francs for teens; stores for boys are chosen from a wider range.

Compare different styles and wardrobe elements, and learn how to define your personal style. The same principles work for children's clothes as for adults. Here is a French capsule wardrobe for summer.

The art room includes multiple work stations and supplies for drawing, painting, jewelrymaking, and various other arts. Most sculpture actually happens in the prop workshops.

In art class, students make self-portraits by using mirrors. Later they take turns modeling for each other.

The science lab supports not just chemistry but also light science and astronomy. Students may work with lenses, mirrors, microscopes, telescopes, lasers, and more. While this doesn't make a big blip in career statistics like the teaching or the fine arts, it is there for students whose interests lie in sciences not widely taught in other systems.

The drama club makes use of props and settings created by other students who get credit for it in various classes. Art class, shop class, and home economics make up the lion's share of it, but measuring can earn math credit and so on. Students are encouraged to find practical projects that make use of the abstract class lessons. By high school, the results are spectacular. Here is The Hunchback of Notre Dame and this is Circle Mirror Transformation.

A suite of workshops forms the prop department and hosts shop classes as well as construction for drama performances. Manually talented teens can learn skills that lead directly to employment after school, or set up for trade school or college in a related field. Here you can see a dragon's head, various machines, and the painting area.

The plaster and resin room hosts a lot of the sculpture classes.

The costume making workshop hosts drama club work and also sewing sessions for home economics.

This is the design studio and study room.

The cafeteria includes tables and chairs which can be moved in different configurations, so that students may eat in small or large groups. Each table has a host or hostess to organize the meal and address any disputes, either a teacher if available or an older student. Children take turns so that everyone gets a chance to host a table. School meals are typically served family style, but students may bring lunch from home if they wish.

The school kitchen can be used for classes when meals are not being prepared.

Students can explore formal and informal French gardens.
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