The art and science of imagination

In the Classroom 11/25/2016

Wonder Garden Sprouting and tending seeds in the Wonder Garden classroom. Early Childhood Our kindergarten classrooms enjoy a cup of warm tea to begin the day as we use our hands to warm beeswax to model into treasures. This week the kindergarten classrooms modeled beeswax into food t

In the Classroom 11/18/2016

Wonder Garden Feeding the chickens on their morning walk. Early Childhood Stepping over stepping stones that are varied in height, material, and width. This allows for strengthening balance, coordination, and executive planning! 1st Grade: Thanksgiving Celebration First Grade celebrat

In the Classroom 11/11/2016

Recess Fun A spontaneous mixed-age game of jumping from stump to stump around the fire ring during recess! Wonder Garden Wonder Garden children finishing up their lanterns for the upcoming lantern walk. Apple Blossom Garden Shown here, the little ones are finger knitting the string ha

In the Classroom 11/6/2016

El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) As part of our Spanish program we celebrated the Day of the Dead this week in traditional Mexican style, with tamales, Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead), Alfeñiques (sugar skulls), and of course the Ofrenda, the altar where loved ones who h

In the Classroom 10/29/2016

  Early Childhood Moment Peeling a quail egg helps develop dexterity and certainty in the hands. 1st Grade: Woodland Story First grade chalkboard drawing from a woodland story. Observation of nature and seasons, along with the magical stories of the tiny creatures are the beginni

4th Grade Trip to Camp Edwards, 10/24-10/26

4th Grade: Camp Edwards The fourth grade went to Camp Edwards this past week. They had an amazing experience learning about different animals of the Midwest and participating in activities such as canoeing, shelter building and learning about Native American life. They were joined by

5th & 6th Grades: Starved Rock State Park

5th & 6th Grades: Starved Rock State Park The fifth and sixth graders enjoyed a trip to Starved Rock State Park near Oglesby, Illinois this week, enriching their study of geology with real-world exploration. They enjoyed hiking French Canyon and Tonty Canyon (especially the waterf

In the Classroom 10/21/2016

Hike Day Hike Day in Sunflower Garden. Wonder Garden Glimpses Miss Kelly providing a bit of TLC to start the day—soul food! 1st & 2nd Grades: Extra Lesson Extra Lesson brings “Wool Winding” to first and second graders. This exercise develops both a sense of left and ri

In The Classroom, 10/14/2016

Moving Along From the youngest in our school to the oldest, the children learn to carry along what they need, to be innovative, and to be strong. Early Childhood: Knighting Ceremony In the spirit of the Michaelmas season, some of the early childhood classes are singing a song about ta

In The Classroom, 10/7/2016

Early Childhood: Apple Picking and Dragon Fire Early childhood families went to Royal Oaks Apple Orchard on Monday, October 4. A good time was had by all and many apples were picked. Many apples were also eaten! On Tuesday, early childhood had a bonfire that was referred to as “