Wow - seems like we were just welcoming our new Kindergartners to their first day of school and now leaves are turning and the calendar confirms that October has arrived. Of course it shouldn't be a surprise - with 800 students and over 100 staff there is always something great happening in the building and just trying to visit classrooms on a regular basis means 10,000 steps is just a staple of everyday - time does fly here at SCS! Last week I was able to catch a visit from our Hands-On-Nature team as they visited Emily Vigneault's kindergarten class. Honestly I had only planned to stay a few minutes, but the lesson on the life cycle of insects was so much fun I actually camped out for almost an hour. Here are a few highlight photos:
|Introducing the concept of life cycles - the lesson included a fun puppet show about metamorphosis|
|Some critical thinking linking puzzle pieces of various insects and their life cycle phases|
|then the lesson moved outside to let our young students explore for insects and evidence of their life cycles|
|To make sure the lesson connects with reality - the classroom has painted ladies and monarch caterpillars for observation|
Interesting note is that another third of the cost of the program is provided by a unique partnership between all parents and some middle school students - the Box Tops for Education labels that we collect in the main office are cut / sorted by a group of students organized by Behavior Interventionist Sue Schaefer. It takes literally thousands of box tops to raise a few hundred dollars and year after year parents have come through and this team has cut and shipped them off.
|Got any boxtops for education at home - love to take them off your hands to support Hands-On-Nature again next year!|
Click here if you can't see the video "Alpha / Meg"
We hope to be able to share several of these from many different classes over the coming weeks.