MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala (WIAT) — On Tuesday, students at Mountain Brook City Schools returned to class.
At Cherokee Bend Elementary, students and faculty are looking forward to several new additions. First, they have two new sensory rooms: the movement room and Snoezelan room. It’s a place where any student can go in and learn, whether it’s somewhere quiet or active.
“We’re trying to have children understand that we’re all types of learners, so the idea is students take ownership in their own learning. So what is your learning style? If you’re a child who knows you’re about to begin math and you need an opportunity to just calm down , get yourself recollected together, your thinking and thoughts need to come together, you might want a chance in the Snoezelen room [which is a Dutch term for rest and exploration] to begin that way. You might need to activate your thinking,” said Sandy Ritchey, principal at Cherokee Bend Elementary School.
The other option is the movement room, which has different components that let students activate their mind.
Cherokee Bend Elementary School is also welcoming their first pre-kindergarten program, as well as new furniture with flexible seating to fit every student’s needs.
At Mountain Brook Junior High, teachers are looking forward to welcoming in students.
“We’re focused on student’s voice and how we can plug our students in and engage them in the conversation instructor and focusing on balance assessment in helping our students be more prepared for the jobs and things coming on later in the world,” MBJH Principal Donald Clayton said.