The Garden has been coming back to life after a winter slumber thanks to lots of wonderful little helpers! Preschool and kindergarten Students planted seeds for spring vegetables, including carrots, peas, beets, radish, arugula, bok choy, green onions, and spinach. The little gardeners also transplanted seedlings of kale, lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard, celery, collard greens, and flowers that they started indoors from seed back in early February.
Electricity is the subject of study in one of our kindergarten classrooms. Today the children went back in time to the days when there was no electricity. They spent the day electricity-free, playing with old-time toys, doing period crafts and chores, writing with quill pens, and having a read-aloud by candlelight.
(The first photographs pre-date electricity - 1826 - in case you were wondering how we got the photos!)
While kindergartners spend time all year thinking and talking about how to be a good friend, last week we began to focus on specific tools one can use to be a better friend.
We started our conversation by looking at a number of seemingly random items: hammer, paint brushes, cutting board, scissors, goggles, magnifying glasses, along with other things. Everyone concluded all the items are tools and that tools can help make a job easier. We then had children pick out tools and artists could use. Then a builder and chef.
Our last question was to find a tool that could help if you’re having a conflict with a friend.
Each fall our kindergarteners immerse themselves in a project-based science study. What is the topic of study? Well, that depends on the evidence the children gather at the Schuylkill Center. After careful observation at our country classroom, the students generate long lists of possible topics, ranging from deer to snakes to ticks. They then learn the fine art of "advocating."