Kids-Niche Feature: Huckleberry Kindergarten

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Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in our Kids-Niche Programs! These feature lessons, activities, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today's feature: Huckleberry's Solar System Unit

Recently, the Huckleberry Class did a unit on the solar system. We learned about the planets, the Sun, the moon and the stars! Over the course of this unit, we explored this topic using scientific inquiry, artistic creativity, dramatic play and storytelling. The primary objective for this unit was to ignite a deeper interest and curiosity about our solar system and our own place in the cosmos.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand the relationships between the Earth, the Sun, and the moon.
  • Students will recognize the relationship between Earth and the other planets in the solar system.
  • Students will use their imaginations to create their own stories about constellations we can see in the night sky.
  • Students will explore diverse cultural perspectives on the solar system through mythology and oral storytelling.  
 Around the campfire, telling our own versions of how the constellation known as the “Big Dipper” came to be.

Around the campfire, telling our own versions of how the constellation known as the “Big Dipper” came to be.

 Shooting Star tag on the playground!

Shooting Star tag on the playground!

Classroom Feature: Steller's Jays

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Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in and out of our classrooms here in the day school! These feature lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today's feature: Steller's Jays Shadow Room

This week we transformed our Dramatic Play space into a light and shadow room. We darkened the walls and set up an overhead projector for the children to explore. On our shelves are many different loose parts (open-ended materials the students can explore and move freely), that can be related to weather. We are combining our learning about weather with our investigation of light and shadow.

“Overhead projectors are tools capable of creating worlds crowded with different, often unexpected phenomena, activating wonder and research in everyday spaces.” -100 Languages of Children Exhibit

To learn more about light and shadows and how they can contribute to children’s learning you can search Reggio Emilia or Loris Malaguzzi.

Learning Objectives

  • Children Practice: 
    • Observing objects and events with curiosity by investigating how moving a 3D object on a projector and observing the shadow changes the rules of the object.
    • Actively participating in conversations when they notice that the pink flower’s shadow was not pink, but the transparent yellow plastic’s shadow was yellow.
    • Cause and effect when they notice that when they turned the red knob one way the light box became smaller, and when they turned the red knob the other way the light box became larger.
    • Using thinking skills to resolve conflicts when figuring out how to turn the projector light back on after someone turns it off
    • Comparing and measuring when they group loose parts based on their similarities or differences.

Classroom Feature: Meadowlark Classroom

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Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in and out of our classrooms here in the day school! These feature lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today's feature: Meadowlark's Kindness Chain

The Meadowlarks revisited our community agreement in order to teach Teacher Caitlin about the expectations in the Meadowlark Room. Since our community agreement is based on being kind to ourselves, to others, and to the planet, we decided to keep track of our kindness over the rest of the year. Every time a teacher or a child sees a Meadowlark student do something kind, we write it down on a piece of paper and attach it to our Kindness Chain. Our goal as a class is to make our chain reach across the whole classroom by the end of the year. We have already watched our kindness grow so much this spring!

Learning Objectives 

  • Respect teachers, others, self, and the environment
  • Act with kindness
  • Model pro-social behavior, such as empathy, sharing, compassion, helping others, and compromise
  • Demonstrate community building skills
  • Plan and achieve a goal

Kids-Niche Feature: Shooting Stars Preschoolers

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Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in our Kids-Niche Programs! These feature lessons, activities, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today's feature: Shooting Stars Pasta Collaboration

Each month, the Shooting Stars collaborate with the Kinnikinnick First-Graders to do a cooking project. In March, we made fresh pasta! It was a fun, multi-step process. First, we collected eggs from the resident chickens here at school. Next, we made the dough using just three simple ingredients- flour, eggs, and olive oil! With the help of our teachers, we rolled out the dough over and over again, eventually turning it into Fettuccine. We embellished our final product with just a little salt, pepper, and olive oil- it was so tasty! 

Learning objectives: 

  • Learn how to make pasta from scratch
  • Explore the textures of flour and dough with our hands
  • Learn about the food chain- we used eggs from our chickens!
  • Learn to use cooking tools, including a pasta maker
  • Practice patience, and learn to feel excited for our peers when it is their turn
 Making Dough

Making Dough

 Fettucini!

Fettucini!

Classroom Feature: Explorers Classroom

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Here's this week's glimpse into what's happening in and out of our classrooms here in the day school! These feature lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from a different classroom each week.

Today's feature: Explorer's Little Garden Math Center

Students follow a chart to plant a variety of fruits and vegetables in their "little gardens." Each plant needs a specified amount of water, soil and sunlight. Students count out the individual items for each plant and tally each item they use, then record the total amount of soil, water, and sun used in their gardens for the day. When they get the recipe right, a flower grows where the "seed" once was. If they don't, they have an opportunity to self-assess and correct their mistakes the next day.  In addition to counting, chart reading, and writing, students are learning that all plants need water, sunlight and soil (minerals) to grow and be healthy. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Counting objects to 20
  • Writing numbers to 20
  • Reading simple charts
  • Matching
  • Addition and counting
  • Hearing and writing initial sounds
  • Collecting data
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Kids-Niche Feature: Beargrass Fourth and Fifth Grade

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Each week we'll feature glimpses into what happens in and out of our classrooms here at school! These will include lessons, activities, centers, and saunters from both our day school and Kids-Niche programs.

Today's feature: Beargrass Saunters to the Food Bank

Beargrass has been giving back to the community by volunteering at the food bank! The 4th and 5th graders have taken two trips there this school year and have helped bag trail mix, potatoes, and pasta from bulk packages to smaller bags for customers. We bagged up almost 400 lbs. of potatoes! A workout and volunteering all in one. Through their time at the food bank, Beargrass has learned about how the community supports those in need by donating time and food items, the food items being available to anyone who walks through their doors. Learning about Missoula through volunteering helps build community and connects students to the place we live. 

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