We are proud to offer students a truly out-of-the-box K-8 education. Our learning space goes well beyond the walls of the classroom, and we strive to develop a strong sense of curiosity in our students alongside the importance of becoming life-long learners. This also means that we find opportunities to combine classes on special projects so that students are working with peers of different ages. After all, it is rare in life that you will only be with people of your own age!
These photos show third grade students working with kindergarten students. Kindergarten students had been learning about penguins and taught the third graders what they learned. The third graders then helped brainstorm and develop penguin habitats according to the younger students’ ideas. Not only did this collaboration encourage team work, sharpen problem solving and compromising skills, but students also had fun!
Back in May, upper grade students “opened” a Living History Museum to the younger grades. These older students each selected a historic figure and not only presented information about that person, but dressed like them as well. They essentially became that historical figure.
For this project, these upper grade students had to synthesize the information they learned to create an exhibit representative of their subject. In order to select pivotal events or recreate significant circumstances in an individual’s life, students had to research the person but also critically evaluate the people, places, and events surrounding them in order to develop a powerful exhibit. Deciding on a format, selecting key material for younger students to understand, and putting it all in context required active learning and encouraged creative interpretation. As they worked, students needed to understand the subject and the world in which he or she lived. Additionally, this Living History Museum introduced younger students to subjects relevant to their history studies beyond their reading ability.
Kindergarten students learned about the continent of Australia and while doing so, learned that children in Australia sometimes enjoy a special treat called Fairy Bread. Lucky for them, they got to make and eat Fairy Bread too!
What’s more fun than reading a new book as a class? Reading Lois Elert’s Growing Vegetable Soup book and then making vegetable soup!
As the weather has warmed, kindergarten students have enjoyed special nature walks and story times with Ms. Heidi.
Recently, Dr. Mitchell and student Dr. Noah visited the kindergarten class to talk about what they do as doctors and working in the community. Students got a chance to ask them questions and listen to their heartbeat. Kindergarten sends a special thank you to both visitors!
Kindergarteners are learning how to sew, add into the thousands and complete the hundreds chart. These lessons are all part of the Montessori curriculum and, according to these kids, are loads of fun!
Second grade students recently raised awareness about and funds for our local animal shelter. The class educated the school about the community organization and asked for much needed donations for them. TLC was able to donate towels and blankets, dog and cat food, kitty litter, bleach and peanut butter. We also were able to raise $150!
The Humane Society was very appreciative and grateful for the help.
Thank you to all of you for your help, support and encouragement. Also, thank you to the students for their generosity.